Half Dome Permit Lottery Statistics

Sunday: 16% Monday: 13% Tuesday: 12% Wednesday: 11% Thursday: 12% Friday: 15% Saturday: 21%
This chart shows Half Dome preseason lottery applications by day of the week last year.

On this page, you can find various statistics relating to the Half Dome permit lotteries to help you make an informed decision when you apply for the lotteries. While the statistics give you a sense of which days have lower or higher odds, they don't necessarily predict success rate this year.

The chart to the right shows the distribution of the preseason Half Dome permit lottery requests by day of the week.

The set of bar graphs below show how many permits have been requested for each date during the last Half Dome season. 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).


Preseason Lottery Requests per Day

Graphs showing number of Half Dome permit lottery requests per day

Daily Lottery Success Rate per Day

Success rate for each day

Other Statistics for 2019


June 7 through October 15 (delayed start due to heavy snow)

Preseason Lottery

Applications: 34,098 (31,181 in 2018)
Application success rate: 29% (28% in 2018)
Weekday choices success rate: 2.6% (1.5% in 2018)
Weekend choices success rate: 1.6% (1.0% in 2018)

Note: Application success rate was calculated based off entire application (all choices). Weekday & weekend success rate was calculated based on all individual choices in every application.

Daily Lottery

Applications: 20,167 (14,618 in 2018)
Application success rate: 23% (38% in 2018)
Weekday success rate: 27% (47% in 2018)
Weekend success rate: 16% (24% in 2018)

Note: 2018 had significantly fewer daily lottery applications due to the Ferguson Fire, which closed the cables for nearly two weeks and reduced demand over a longer period due to smoky conditions.

Last updated: March 11, 2020

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