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How To Snag Some of The Most Popular Hiking Permits

In high school, my friends and I decided to go on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yosemite and hike up the famous cables to Half Dome. We packed up the car and got ready to start the 7-hour drive from our hometown to the park’s opening gates when I heard one of my friends whisper from the backseat: “Wait, do we need a permit or something?” The park had just recently started requiring permits for the cables, and we were too caught up in the excitement of bagging a coveted peak to remember the one thing we needed to summit.

Now, I have a tradition with Recreation.gov, the entity responsible for dispensing permits, camping reservations, and entry fees to federal land. Every couple months, I apply for permits to visit my favorite trails and backcountry sites and hopefully gain access to some new ones, too. Read more…

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