John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail stretches 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada along the mountainous crest of the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada and through the Mojave Desert.
Yosemite contains nearly 70 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. In Yosemite, the trail's highest point is 11,056 feet at Donohue Pass at the park's southern border, and the lowest spot is 7,560 feet near Benson Lake. When Pacific Crest Trail hikers reach Tuolumne Meadows, they are 942 miles from Mexico and 1,714 miles from Canada.
The 211-mile John Muir Trail is a world-famous trail stretching from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Because the John Muir Trail overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail for most of its length, the Pacific Crest Trail Association also provides details about the John Muir Trail.
John Muir Trail
Permits for the John Muir Trail have become incredibly popular in recent years. For the peak season of July and August, reservation requests for Wilderness permits for the JMT are routinely 50% of all reservation requests the park receives and are sometimes up to 80% of all requests. Due to this extreme popularity, permits can be difficult to obtain and approximately 70% of permit applications are rejected due to too many requests for the same trailhead on the same day.
Pacific Crest Trail
Food Storage and Bear Canisters
Ranger stations do not accept food packages.
Post offices in Yosemite Valley (all year) and Tuolumne Meadows (approximately mid-June through mid-September) accept food packages mailed care of General Delivery. Mark packages with "hold for hiker until [date]." Packages not so marked will be held for 14 days. Packages containing food should be marked so that postal employees will store it properly. Please do not send perishables. Private delivery companies (e.g., UPS, FedEx) do not deliver to general delivery addresses.
To address a general delivery package, include the name of the recipient, c/o General Delivery, Yosemite, CA 95389 (for Yosemite Valley) or Tuolumne Meadows, CA 95389 (for Tuolumne Meadows).
You can purchase food and camping supplies in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows.