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Re: Permit for Sonora Pass South to Reds Meadow

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:04 pm

Spoke to the Yosemite Wilderness Manager today, here are some of the issues in a nutshell, as they pertain to your case.

Yosemite has the Donohue Pass quota system in place on an interim basis, they plan to control/monitor the southbound hikers affects on the Lyell corridor.

Stanislaus NF and other northern NF agencies have voluntarily pulled their thru hike permits to allow Yosemite to deal with the current situation, Yosemite has no jurisdiction on what Stanislaus can/cannot issue, but they are doing it out of courtesy according to Yosemite.

Yosemite is in the process of having their permits system handed over to an outside source, similar to, which they are hoping will make securing permits an easier endeavor, will see, but when you have people obtaining wilderness permits from the surrounding NFS wilderness offices, only to drive into Yosemite to do Half Dome, and thereby getting around the current quota system, something needs to be done, but finding the right solution is going to take time, and even then it is not going to make everyone happy.

The whole system needs to be overhaul and streamlined, some agencies issue there own permits, some have outside vendors ( doing it for them, and some write handwritten permits, the whole thing is a big cluster.
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