The National Park Service created a permit system for getting up the subdome and cables on Half Dome. This year, permits are required 7 days/week while the cables are up. For more information on obtaining a Half Dome permit, please visit www.recreation.gov. Yosemite Mountaineering School has no special access to Half Dome Permits, therefore we can no longer make Half-Dome hiking reservations unless our clients have already secured permits for the hike. If you secure a permit for your party and one for our guide, we would be happy to guide you up Half Dome.
Our experienced guides are fun, friendly and carry important group supplies like first aid kit, water filter and communication devices. Most important, they are trained in advanced first aid and CPR, and they know the trail. On your way to Half Dome, the guide will share his or her knowledge of the flora, fauna and natural history of Yosemite. Not only will you get a guide who is trained to deal with emergencies, but also a local who is educated and able to teach you about Yosemite National Park during your day hike.
To hire a guide for Half Dome, call the Yosemite Mountaineering School at 209.372.8344. To see a list and short bio of our hiking and backpacking guides, visit our Guides Page. For Half Dome Hike prices, visit our Custom Day Hikes page.
As an operating guide service in one of the most visited National Parks in the country, we strive to be stewards for this beautiful place. We practice and teach Leave No Trace Principles when out on the trail so that our clients can learn ways to minimize their impact here in Yosemite National Park as well as in their everyday lives. What better place to provide this education than on one of the most sought-after summits in California-Half Dome!