In early March 2017 a friend and I put in for the Yosemite wilderness permit lottery for a permit in mid-August for 2-4 people for hiking the John Muir Trail for 7 days as well as the permit for hiking Half Dome. You apply for a 21 day period for which your permit could be drawn and your chances of being drawn are 2%. Three days later we had our application drawn and received a permit for 4 people from Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley, including 4 permits for Half Dome. I couldn’t believe our luck!
This is going to be a living document for the purpose of planning our trip. Please feel free to comment and give advice.
Flight from Boston to San Francisco
Permit pickup by 10 am
Little Yosemite Valley
Lyell Fork Bridge
Thousand Island Lake
Day 1 – Happy Isles to Half Dome
Day 2 – Half Dome to Sunrise Camps
Day 3 – Sunrise Camps to Tuolumne Meadows
Day 4 – Tuolumne Meadows to Lyell Fork Bridge
Day 5 – Lyell Fork Bridge to Thousand Island Lake
Day 6 – Thousand Island Lake to Reds Meadow
Day 7 – Reds Meadow to Duck Creak