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Half Dome Permit Lottery Statistics

Saturday: 35%
Sunday: 16%
Monday: 9%
Tuesday: 8%
Wednesday: 8%
Thursday: 9%
Friday: 14%

This chart shows Half Dome lottery applications by day of the week submitted as of March 18, 2014.

On this page, you can find various statistics relating to the 2013 and 2014 Half Dome permit lotteries to help you make an informed decision when you apply for the lotteries.

The chart to the right shows the distribution of the Half Dome permit lottery requests by day of the week (as of March 26, 2014).

The set of bar graphs below show how many permits have been requested for each date during the Half Dome season (as of March 26, 2014). This graph 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).


 
Date	1st choice	2nd choice	3rd choice	4th choice	5th choice	6th choice	7th choice
Fri, May 23	814	169	144	177	105	38	54
Sat, May 24	2341	1421	373	172	125	153	196
Sun, May 25	1649	1300	419	145	100	124	129
Mon, May 26	433	477	527	244	62	62	48
Tue, May 27	439	423	249	92	121	40	18
Wed, May 28	581	427	204	130	75	89	53
Thu, May 29	371	466	349	155	113	27	121
Fri, May 30	631	598	289	331	127	110	71
Sat, May 31	1925	1251	800	411	223	209	220
Sun, Jun 01	694	676	403	290	170	226	133
Mon, Jun 02	488	378	181	224	69	88	99
Tue, Jun 03	475	455	128	143	101	53	60
Wed, Jun 04	456	339	276	113	124	81	86
Thu, Jun 05	457	353	257	237	140	98	61
Fri, Jun 06	804	513	310	226	243	151	105
Sat, Jun 07	2319	1559	1040	532	430	234	232
Sun, Jun 08	618	841	601	365	343	293	182
Mon, Jun 09	469	229	248	199	129	104	86
Tue, Jun 10	490	345	279	129	75	90	61
Wed, Jun 11	486	491	242	171	79	59	68
Thu, Jun 12	438	454	387	182	118	93	65
Fri, Jun 13	816	617	363	344	253	192	187
Sat, Jun 14	1968	1704	1169	733	455	377	337
Sun, Jun 15	519	795	365	519	208	350	222
Mon, Jun 16	624	429	312	304	147	86	83
Tue, Jun 17	743	595	342	186	143	134	101
Wed, Jun 18	579	645	423	236	122	107	107
Thu, Jun 19	495	484	469	389	250	166	101
Fri, Jun 20	757	674	448	381	354	217	176
Sat, Jun 21	1480	1590	1452	930	751	392	350
Sun, Jun 22	590	569	491	478	422	343	223
Mon, Jun 23	622	559	341	193	238	142	83
Tue, Jun 24	566	452	314	213	163	93	87
Wed, Jun 25	422	574	351	220	149	127	125
Thu, Jun 26	484	337	346	348	162	155	146
Fri, Jun 27	534	542	424	405	280	229	116
Sat, Jun 28	1195	1083	1073	1135	898	616	326
Sun, Jun 29	307	637	439	472	285	384	185
Mon, Jun 30	553	256	250	176	150	162	106
Tue, Jul 01	332	511	163	71	71	82	69
Wed, Jul 02	291	279	168	125	40	52	66
Thu, Jul 03	299	226	219	144	122	69	49
Fri, Jul 04	554	412	278	204	152	91	60
Sat, Jul 05	920	767	409	434	409	317	326
Sun, Jul 06	185	341	292	205	214	148	162
Mon, Jul 07	291	196	213	180	134	82	57
Tue, Jul 08	300	265	117	139	136	82	58
Wed, Jul 09	308	326	189	148	72	102	79
Thu, Jul 10	409	345	251	209	184	70	119
Fri, Jul 11	667	616	321	261	315	167	144
Sat, Jul 12	1514	1112	1010	746	779	568	495
Sun, Jul 13	291	627	267	399	208	375	227
Mon, Jul 14	324	213	351	185	163	106	91
Tue, Jul 15	268	265	199	156	178	149	102
Wed, Jul 16	326	241	200	130	131	151	85
Thu, Jul 17	480	359	249	281	172	131	107
Fri, Jul 18	510	596	530	246	291	179	181
Sat, Jul 19	1415	1177	891	864	777	669	603
Sun, Jul 20	413	650	508	413	184	324	323
Mon, Jul 21	316	211	123	233	186	148	92
Tue, Jul 22	367	280	227	100	169	151	97
Wed, Jul 23	384	346	156	140	117	121	118
Thu, Jul 24	256	281	257	171	224	126	143
Fri, Jul 25	224	316	251	294	301	242	250
Sat, Jul 26	863	853	724	677	705	639	661
Sun, Jul 27	302	354	270	297	293	295	225
Mon, Jul 28	360	281	184	187	112	71	101
Tue, Jul 29	301	361	149	89	86	48	70
Wed, Jul 30	294	255	259	122	92	122	83
Thu, Jul 31	298	251	280	182	169	155	145
Fri, Aug 01	342	281	238	238	295	227	174
Sat, Aug 02	1097	663	631	511	554	569	467
Sun, Aug 03	340	475	216	333	224	332	172
Mon, Aug 04	425	217	146	145	120	84	98
Tue, Aug 05	356	351	260	132	146	134	121
Wed, Aug 06	340	326	200	100	102	85	94
Thu, Aug 07	315	382	183	244	153	76	123
Fri, Aug 08	285	325	213	295	323	173	173
Sat, Aug 09	832	756	659	554	680	537	575
Sun, Aug 10	381	415	282	300	222	348	192
Mon, Aug 11	386	197	202	136	71	91	171
Tue, Aug 12	332	329	157	106	55	114	91
Wed, Aug 13	307	244	167	149	109	68	58
Thu, Aug 14	235	226	349	179	108	132	90
Fri, Aug 15	389	267	213	221	323	202	199
Sat, Aug 16	654	955	734	562	608	518	425
Sun, Aug 17	138	294	329	368	258	219	288
Mon, Aug 18	146	128	123	172	138	118	49
Tue, Aug 19	183	168	89	97	104	71	102
Wed, Aug 20	211	166	116	117	81	59	85
Thu, Aug 21	174	181	143	143	104	143	61
Fri, Aug 22	293	160	164	97	199	267	161
Sat, Aug 23	565	587	568	610	408	437	537
Sun, Aug 24	173	268	217	152	183	294	261
Mon, Aug 25	243	124	39	71	77	56	108
Tue, Aug 26	107	179	46	52	50	57	36
Wed, Aug 27	119	134	68	36	50	74	84
Thu, Aug 28	182	121	120	109	61	65	53
Fri, Aug 29	165	210	146	178	141	142	104
Sat, Aug 30	499	561	457	327	623	453	350
Sun, Aug 31	500	387	246	258	192	207	265
Mon, Sep 01	190	75	97	75	90	129	116
Tue, Sep 02	95	139	66	69	34	41	34
Wed, Sep 03	146	102	117	48	34	94	66
Thu, Sep 04	149	121	106	141	50	50	79
Fri, Sep 05	277	207	163	248	161	112	103
Sat, Sep 06	740	509	416	379	451	494	315
Sun, Sep 07	186	280	181	216	255	241	115
Mon, Sep 08	234	130	105	51	65	44	123
Tue, Sep 09	233	193	92	67	52	76	60
Wed, Sep 10	213	254	130	58	55	57	57
Thu, Sep 11	268	187	197	133	44	77	43
Fri, Sep 12	312	311	286	229	179	124	185
Sat, Sep 13	841	683	521	476	478	404	452
Sun, Sep 14	215	322	179	350	289	289	169
Mon, Sep 15	245	191	150	62	157	101	106
Tue, Sep 16	137	156	125	128	86	104	23
Wed, Sep 17	123	183	113	78	141	74	30
Thu, Sep 18	209	101	138	150	100	168	98
Fri, Sep 19	251	271	204	218	169	100	113
Sat, Sep 20	659	534	399	359	416	436	396
Sun, Sep 21	129	264	185	175	203	235	125
Mon, Sep 22	116	115	64	89	49	117	84
Tue, Sep 23	77	85	41	39	83	58	81
Wed, Sep 24	77	76	66	52	46	78	53
Thu, Sep 25	114	103	71	53	44	42	115
Fri, Sep 26	150	194	108	86	140	150	77
Sat, Sep 27	308	377	392	308	287	360	312
Sun, Sep 28	131	138	164	253	134	163	139
Mon, Sep 29	85	138	67	62	41	55	53
Tue, Sep 30	62	44	30	30	35	36	32
Wed, Oct 01	49	17	34	47	16	31	42
Thu, Oct 02	42	34	49	20	26	23	61
Fri, Oct 03	121	87	32	81	95	63	83
Sat, Oct 04	284	275	254	161	219	227	243
Sun, Oct 05	40	103	61	90	103	107	97
Mon, Oct 06	59	36	25	73	48	40	17
Tue, Oct 07	73	23	42	18	24	12	16
Wed, Oct 08	52	40	20	27	6	45	24
Thu, Oct 09	35	53	26	11	42	21	39
Fri, Oct 10	53	64	18	56	57	66	70
Sat, Oct 11	94	87	91	145	110	199	146
Sun, Oct 12	44	55	17	28	26	80	114
Mon, Oct 13	20	39	9	14	4	8	18
Tue, Oct 14	18	6	8	0	0	6	6
 

The graphs below show the actual number of permits issued in 2013 via both the preseason lottery (solid blue) and daily lotteries (striped blue). For each day, 225 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 at least 275 (the day hiker limit in 2013 was 225, but we made available 275 permits to adjust for under-use of permits).

 
Graph showing proportion of permits issued via preseason lottery vs. daily lottery.
 

The graphs below show the success rate for each day in 2013 for the daily lottery.

 
Sat, Aug 24	18%
Sun, Aug 25	28%
Mon, Aug 26	100%
Tue, Aug 27	100%
Wed, Aug 28	100%
Thu, Aug 29	89%
Fri, Aug 30	31%
Sat, Aug 31	100%
Sun, Sep 01	22%
Mon, Sep 02	100%
Tue, Sep 03	100%
Wed, Sep 04	73%
Thu, Sep 05	100%
Fri, Sep 06	55%
Sat, Sep 07	38%
Sun, Sep 08	70%
Mon, Sep 09	95%
Tue, Sep 10	100%
Wed, Sep 11	71%
Thu, Sep 12	54%
Fri, Sep 13	52%
Sat, Sep 14	26%
Sun, Sep 15	47%
Mon, Sep 16	66%
Tue, Sep 17	73%
Wed, Sep 18	71%
Thu, Sep 19	93%
Fri, Sep 20	67%
Sat, Sep 21	14%
Sun, Sep 22	40%
Mon, Sep 23	77%
Tue, Sep 24	97%
Wed, Sep 25	100%
Thu, Sep 26	80%
Fri, Sep 27	56%
Sat, Sep 28	16%
Sun, Sep 29	52%
Mon, Sep 30	100%
Tue, Oct 01	100%
 

The graphs below show the total number of Half Dome permits issued in conjunction with wilderness permits in 2013. You can make assumptions for which days will be harder to get a Half Dome permit in conjunction with a wilderness permit in 2014 by adjusting the date by one day to match the day of the week in 2013.(Half Dome permits associated with wilderness permits are issued against the start date of the hike, but are valid during the entire wilderness trip.)

 
Thu, May 16	2
Fri, May 17	7
Sat, May 18	5
Sun, May 19	8
Mon, May 20	9
Tue, May 21	43
Wed, May 22	67
Thu, May 23	79
Fri, May 24	48
Sat, May 25	57
Sun, May 26	54
Mon, May 27	44
Tue, May 28	32
Wed, May 29	61
Thu, May 30	53
Fri, May 31	38
Sat, Jun 01	64
Sun, Jun 02	50
Mon, Jun 03	30
Tue, Jun 04	72
Wed, Jun 05	56
Thu, Jun 06	68
Fri, Jun 07	66
Sat, Jun 08	70
Sun, Jun 09	84
Mon, Jun 10	74
Tue, Jun 11	62
Wed, Jun 12	72
Thu, Jun 13	88
Fri, Jun 14	80
Sat, Jun 15	59
Sun, Jun 16	79
Mon, Jun 17	66
Tue, Jun 18	74
Wed, Jun 19	79
Thu, Jun 20	78
Fri, Jun 21	85
Sat, Jun 22	80
Sun, Jun 23	52
Mon, Jun 24	85
Tue, Jun 25	73
Wed, Jun 26	67
Thu, Jun 27	79
Fri, Jun 28	82
Sat, Jun 29	73
Sun, Jun 30	78
Mon, Jul 01	57
Tue, Jul 02	74
Wed, Jul 03	78
Thu, Jul 04	59
Fri, Jul 05	62
Sat, Jul 06	67
Sun, Jul 07	78
Mon, Jul 08	73
Tue, Jul 09	55
Wed, Jul 10	58
Thu, Jul 11	76
Fri, Jul 12	80
Sat, Jul 13	68
Sun, Jul 14	78
Mon, Jul 15	52
Tue, Jul 16	69
Wed, Jul 17	67
Thu, Jul 18	77
Fri, Jul 19	68
Sat, Jul 20	80
Sun, Jul 21	76
Mon, Jul 22	76
Tue, Jul 23	74
Wed, Jul 24	77
Thu, Jul 25	56
Fri, Jul 26	71
Sat, Jul 27	62
Sun, Jul 28	38
Mon, Jul 29	63
Tue, Jul 30	62
Wed, Jul 31	73
Thu, Aug 01	57
Fri, Aug 02	77
Sat, Aug 03	68
Sun, Aug 04	64
Mon, Aug 05	61
Tue, Aug 06	68
Wed, Aug 07	56
Thu, Aug 08	69
Fri, Aug 09	79
Sat, Aug 10	76
Sun, Aug 11	58
Mon, Aug 12	66
Tue, Aug 13	82
Wed, Aug 14	47
Thu, Aug 15	80
Fri, Aug 16	55
Sat, Aug 17	44
Sun, Aug 18	65
Mon, Aug 19	52
Tue, Aug 20	78
Wed, Aug 21	55
Thu, Aug 22	58
Fri, Aug 23	61
Sat, Aug 24	61
Sun, Aug 25	50
Mon, Aug 26	40
Tue, Aug 27	36
Wed, Aug 28	58
Thu, Aug 29	53
Fri, Aug 30	37
Sat, Aug 31	38
Sun, Sep 01	53
Mon, Sep 02	40
Tue, Sep 03	47
Wed, Sep 04	39
Thu, Sep 05	31
Fri, Sep 06	43
Sat, Sep 07	38
Sun, Sep 08	54
Mon, Sep 09	49
Tue, Sep 10	62
Wed, Sep 11	65
Thu, Sep 12	43
Fri, Sep 13	60
Sat, Sep 14	48
Sun, Sep 15	61
Mon, Sep 16	57
Tue, Sep 17	54
Wed, Sep 18	70
Thu, Sep 19	37
Fri, Sep 20	51
Sat, Sep 21	45
Sun, Sep 22	41
Mon, Sep 23	36
Tue, Sep 24	49
Wed, Sep 25	54
Thu, Sep 26	58
Fri, Sep 27	41
Sat, Sep 28	26
 

Other Statistics for 2013

Season:
May 24–October 1 [permits were not valid beginning October 2 due to government shutdown]

Preseason lottery:
Available permits reserved: 86% [in 2012: 90%]
Success rate: 35% (out of 18,303 applicants) [in 2012: 50% (out of 17,098 applicants)]

Daily lottery:
Available permits reserved: 94% [in 2012: 93%]
Success rate: 41% (out of 12,362 applicants) [in 2012: 38% (out of 14,064 applicants)]

Weekday success rate: 56% [in 2012: 49%]
Weekend success rate: 31% [in 2012: 38%]

Note: lower success rates are due to a total of 300 permits being available in 2013 (compared to 400 in 2012) as a result of the implementation of the Half Dome Plan.

Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.