The trail to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is the busiest and most popular trail in the park. Due to trail repair work hikers and climbers are prohibited on the last 1/2 mile of the trail to the summit of Half Dome from 7:00am? 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. During the first weekend of the trail closure ( 7/13/02), which will run thru September 19, hikers by the hundreds took advantage of the open trail. Hikers ascend and descend the cables on Half Dome.  (Photo by Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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The trail to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is the busiest and most popular trail in the park. Due to trail repair work hikers and climbers are prohibited on the last 1/2 mile of the trail to the summit of Half Dome from 7:00am? 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. During the first weekend of the trail closure ( 7/13/02), which will run thru September 19, hikers by the hundreds took advantage of the open trail. Hikers ascend and descend the cables on Half Dome. (Photo by Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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A hiker fell to his death on Monday while ascending Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome trail, the US National Park Service said.

The hiker was on the trail’s Half Dome cables, the park service said in a statement. He was hiking with another person during thunderstorm activity around 4:30 p.m. when he slipped and fell.

The cables take hikers up the last 400 feet to the summit of Half Dome, which rises nearly 5,000 feet above California’s Yosemite Valley.

Park rangers were notified and went to the scene to assist the second hiker, the NPS said. The missing hiker’s body was found around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

His identity will be released after his family is notified.

The death is the first on the Half Dome cables since 2010 and the first visitor fatality in 2018, the park service said.