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Trailhead Information

This is a list of trailhead names for wilderness permit purposes. (A map showing each trailhead is also available [1.5 MB PDF].) The quota for each trailhead is the sum of the reservable and first-come, first-served quotas. (The quota refers to number of people, not number of permits.)

Many restrooms do not have potable water. All trailheads have food lockers available, except when noted otherwise.

Tioga Road (west of Tenaya Lake) (Big Oak Flat Information Station)

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Trailhead Quota
(reservable)
Quota
(first-come,
first-served)
Restroom Notes
Porcupine Creek 12 8 Yes
Yosemite Creek Campground 15 10 Yes (in campground)
Ten Lakes 24 16 No
Luken to Lukens Lake 6 4 No
Lukens Lake to Yosemite Creek 6 4 No
White Wolf to Aspen Valley 15 10 Yes (in campground)
White Wolf to Smith Meadow
(including Harden Lake)
15 10 Yes (in campground)
White Wolf to Pate Valley 18 12 Yes (in campground)
White Wolf Campground 6 4 Yes (in campground)
Tamarack Creek 15 10 Yes (in campground)
South Fork Tuolumne River 15 10 No No food lockers


Tuolumne Meadows (Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center)

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Trailhead Quota (reservable) Quota
(first-come, first-served)
Restroom Notes
Sunrise Lakes 9 6 Yes
Murphy Creek 9 6 Yes
May Lake 15 10 Yes
May Lake to Snow Creek 6 4 No No food lockers
Cathedral Lakes 15 10 No
Rafferty Creek to Vogelsang 12 8 Yes Park at wilderness center or Dog Lake parking
Lyell Canyon 21 14 Yes Park at wilderness center or Dog Lake parking
Young Lakes via Dog Lake 12 8 Yes
Young Lakes via Glen Aulin Trail 6 4 Yes Park at Lembert Dome parking
Mono/Parker Pass 9 6 Yes
Glen Aulin 18 12 Yes Park at Lembert Dome parking
Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel
(pass-through)
9 6 Yes Park at Lembert Dome parking

Yosemite Valley (Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center)

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Trailhead Quota (reservable) Quota
(first-come, first-served)
Restroom Notes
Happy Isles to Illilouette 3 2 Yes Park at trailhead parking lot*
Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) 18 12 Yes Park at trailhead parking lot*
Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass-through) 6 4 Yes Park at trailhead parking lot*
Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) 6 4 Yes
Mirror Lake to Snow Creek 15 10 Yes Park at trailhead parking lot*
Yosemite Falls 15 10 Yes Park at trailhead parking lot*
Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking) 6 4 Yes (at Bridalveil Fall
parking)
Old Big Oak Flat Road 6 4 No

*Trailhead parking lot is just beyond Curry Village (and about a half-mile from Happy Isles). Use the free Yosemite Valley shuttle bus to get to trailheads. Parking is not available at Happy Isles, Mirror Lake, or Yosemite Falls trailheads.


Wawona and Glacier Point Road (Wawona Visitor Center)

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Trailhead Quota
(reservable)
Quota
(first-come,
first-served)
Restroom Notes
Chilnualna Falls 24 16 Yes
Alder Creek 18 12 No
Deer Camp 15 10 No No food lockers
Westfall Meadow 9 6 No No food lockers
Bridalveil Creek Campground 15 10 Yes
McGurk Meadow 9 6 No
Ostrander (Lost Bear Meadow) 15 10 Yes
Mono Meadow 12 8 No
Pohono Trail (Glacier Point) 9 6 Yes
Pohono Trail (Taft Point) 6 4 Yes No food lockers
Glacier Point to Illilouette 15 10 Yes


Hetch Hetchy (Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station)

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Trailhead Quota
(reservable)
Quota
(first-come,
first-served)
Restroom Notes
Beehive Meadows 21 14 Yes
Rancheria Falls 21 14 Yes
Miguel Meadow 9 6 Yes
Poopenaut Valley 15 10 No No food lockers
Mather Ranger Station 15 10 No
Smith Peak 9 6 No No food lockers
Cottonwood Creek 12 8 No No food lockers
Base Line Camp Road 15 10 No


Can't find your trailhead?

First, look on a map of where you are planning to go and go over the list again. If you still haven't found your trailhead name, the following information should help you.

What trail do I use to camp overnight while hiking Half Dome?

The following trailheads allow (and require) you to stay at the Little Yosemite Valley Campground on the first night of your trip:
From Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
From Glacier Point: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley
If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required).

A number of trails from Tuolumne Meadows also provide indirect access to Little Yosemite Valley (20- to 40-mile hike). If you have a permit for one of these trailheads, you can spend the second night of your backpacking trip at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required).


What is the difference between the three Happy Isles trailheads?

As that starting point is the most popular in the park, the quota is divided into three categories according to where you want to camp.

  • To camp in the Illilouette basin: Happy Isles to Illilouette
  • To camp at Little Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
  • For long-distance hikers, to pass through the Little Yosemite Valley/Half Dome area and camp beyond that, in the direction of either Merced Lake or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass through)


Why isn't the John Muir Trail listed?

The John Muir Trail can be directly accessed via three separate trailheads:

  • From Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass through)
  • From Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley: Cathedral Lakes
  • From Tuolumne Meadows exiting the park: Lyell Canyon


Why isn't the Panorama Trail listed?

Camping is not allowed on the Panorama Trail or near Illilouette Fall. You may hike along the trail and camp at another destination beyond.

  • To camp at Little Yosemite Valley: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley
  • To camp in the Illilouette basin or beyond: Glacier Point to Illilouette or Happy Isles to Illilouette


Why isn't the Tenaya Lake trailhead listed?

There are two trails that leave from Tenaya Lake, one that leads to the north and one to the south.

  • To hike north to Murphy Creek and Poly Dome Lakes: Murphy Creek
  • To hike south to Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Sunrise Lakes


What is the difference between the two Glen Aulin trailheads?

  • To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail
  • To pass through Glen Aulin and camp (on your first night) somewhere in the direction of Waterwheel Falls or Cold Canyon: Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel (pass through)


What's the difference between the Yosemite Creek and Ten Lakes trailheads?

The Ten Lakes trailhead is for all destinations northbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek.

The Yosemite Creek Campground trailhead is for all destinations southbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek.


What is the difference between the four White Wolf trailheads?

  • To camp in Pate Valley or in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne: White Wolf to Pate Valley
  • To camp along the trail to Ten Lakes or Double Rock: White Wolf Campground
  • To camp along the trail to Smith Peak or at Harden Lake: White Wolf to Smith Meadow (including Harden Lake)
  • To camp along the trail to Aspen Valley: White Wolf to Aspen Valley


Why is the Hetch Hetchy or O'Shaughnessy Dam trail not listed?

There are three trails that originate at O'Shaughnessy Dam.

  • To camp near Rancheria Falls or Tiltill Valley: Rancheria Falls
  • To camp near Beehive Meadows, Laurel Lake, or Lake Vernon: Beehive Meadows
  • To camp near Miguel Meadows: Miguel Meadows


Why aren't the Twin Lakes, Virginia Lakes, Chiquito Pass, Quartz Mountain, Lake Eleanor, Cherry Lake, or Saddlebag Lake trailheads listed?

All these trailheads are outside the park. Even though the majority of your trip will be within Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency the trailhead is located in:

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.