So you want to go hiking at The Wave or climb Mt. Whitney? You’re going to need persistence, attention to detail and a good bit of luck because these places and some of our other favorites require a permit. Listed below are the 11 Hardest Permits To Get as well as any tips or tricks we know of that will help you obtain one. Experience has taught us that it’s best to have low expectations so that you can be pleasantly surprised if you find your number is called as well as a backup plan in the event that it isn’t.
1. Half Dome Cables Route, California
It’s not that there is a shortage of permits available (300 people per day are allowed beyond the base of the Sub Dome), it’s just that demand is so very high for the Half Dome Cables Route! There are daily lotteries and a pre-season lottery, where applications are taken from March 1 – March 31.