I got a lesson in making sure to read the fine print on our August 1 one-day hike up the main trail. The government red tape and maddening multiple steps to get a day pass is a lesson in perseverance.
Step one: Register for the lottery.
Step two: accept your spot if you win.
Step three: pay.
Don't miss STEP FOUR: CONFIRM that you really, really want the pass you've already paid for two weeks-two days before you hike date.
Step five: pick up your pass within two days of your hike.
Miss any of these steps and you lose your spot. There HAS to be a better way...