Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

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Climbers stand at summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park (AP Photo)

Climbers stand at summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park (AP Photo)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome is one of the national park system’s most iconic hikes in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

National Park Service authorities will issue permits to limit the number of hikers to 300 a day, the target number since an interim plan was approved in 2010 to reduce congestion in a wilderness area and make the hike safer.

The park also decided to keep in place the metal cables that hikers can use on the 45-degree final ascent up the slick granite.

Over the past decade, up to 1,200 hikers a day had crowded the route.

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