We arrived in Lone Pine the next day on Sunday 9/9 and headed straight for the visitor center to try to get a walk up permit for the next day. There were probably about 10 groups (each 2-3 people with a few singles thrown in) trying to do the same thing. I drew #7 at the lottery and was feeling a bit nervous, but it turned out no one drew 1, 2, or 4, so that placed us at #4 essentially! We successfully got a day hike permit for Monday the 10th and asked out of curiosity and were told there were “20-something” permits available at that time. We didn’t stick around to see if everyone who was waiting got one though.
We were in the same lottery on Sunday. I was one of the singles and drew #8.
I think everyone there got a day permit.
We made the summit shortly after 11am and ended up spending over an hour there. My (now) fiancé proposed to me here as we were admiring the view and of course I said yes! We also had great reception on the summit with Verizon so we each made several calls with the news.
What a place and moment to propose!