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National park tips: Here's how to hike Half Dome in Yosemite

To hike Yosemite’s Half Dome in a day, you need a permit, mild weather and an early start — by dawn, usually. It’s a 16-mile round trip, with 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Plan on 10 to 12 hours. Do it after Memorial Day, when rangers put up steel cables to help climbers cover the last 400 feet...
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