Half Dome Permit Lottery Statistics
On this page, you can find various statistics relating to the 2012 and 2013 Half Dome permit lotteries. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision when you apply for the 2013 lotteries.
The chart to the right shows the distribution of the Half Dome permit lottery requests by day of the week (as of March 15, 2013).
The set of bar graphs below show how many permits have been requested for each date during the Half Dome season (as of March 27, 2013). This graph now shows actual number of permits requested for each day (225 permits are available each day). This graph shows the worst-case scenario for each day because each application will have only one of its permit dates filled (applications can have up to seven different dates requested).
The graphs below show the actual number of permits issued in 2012 via both the preseason lottery (solid blue) and daily lotteries (striped blue). For each day, 300 permits were available via the preseason lottery and 50 permits (plus permits received via the preseason lottery but later canceled) via the daily lottery. The total number of permits available each day was 350 (the day hiker limit in 2012 was 300, but we issued 350 permits to adjust for under-use of permits).
The graphs below show the success rate for each day in 2012 for the daily lottery.
The graphs below show the total number of Half Dome permits issued in conjunction with wilderness permits in 2012. In 2013, the maximum number of these types of Half Dome permits will be 75. You can make assumptions for which days will be harder to get a Half Dome permit in conjunction with a wilderness permit in 2013 by adjusting the date by one day to match the day of the week in 2013.
A few other statistics for 2012:
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.