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Backcountry Permits

Postby luvtobackpack » Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:10 pm

I am planning a trip to Yosmite for 4 people for about 7 days in early-mid June. What is the likelihood of getting permits for the same day? From what I've read, you can pretty much get anything the day beforehand if you arrive early enough. Help!

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Re: Backcountry Permits

Postby rlown » Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:33 pm

everything you need to know is at

They used to offer online permit submittal, but it looks like that isn't available right now. Also, it appears their trailhead availability link is broken as well (sigh, what do my taxpayer and reservation dollars go for anyway).

If you're aiming at a "popular weekend", you should call early. For example, i'm calling April 1st for some sept reservations.

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Re: Backcountry Permits

Postby rrivera » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:15 pm

If you arrive the day before and try to get something you'll probably be in luck the only exception is if you are trying to do Half Dome and staying at Little Yosemite. When I have shown up when the permit office opens I've always gotten onto the trail I wanted the day of the hike. I think the site must have a glitch if you can't get to the trailhead availability I was on their earlier this week and could access it. I would also recommend calling and reserving now if you know where you want to go since the phone lines aren't all jammed up yet. Sending in a fax reservations works well to they seem to confirm the reservation within 24 hours.
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