May 6, 2013
Current Trail Closures
Trails in Yosemite may be closed when there are hidden hazards or are impassable due to rock fall, snow, ice, or fire. Open trails are not necessarily free of hazards. By entering the wilderness, you are assuming responsibility for your safety and must use good judgment.
Free wilderness permits are required for overnight stays in the Yosemite Wilderness. Permits can be obtained at the following locations.
Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center
Open 7 days/week from 8 am to 5 pm. The wilderness center offers permits, bear canister rentals, maps, and books.
Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Open 7 days/week 8:30 am to 4 pm. The wilderness center offers permits, bear canister rentals, maps, and books.
Big Oak Flat Information Station
The bookstore (only) is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm (may close for lunch). Open 8 am to 5 pm beginning May 10th. The information station offers visitor information, wilderness permits, bear canister rentals, and a variety of books and maps. Until May 10, wilderness permits can be obtained by self-registration on the porch of the Big Oak Flat Information Station. Please come prepared with your own allowed bear canister.
Wawona Visitor Center at Hill's Studio
The bookstore (only) is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm, may close for lunch. Open 8:30 am to 5 pm beginning May 10th. The visitor center offers general information, wilderness permits, bear canister rentals, and a variety of books and maps. Until May 10, wilderness permits can be obtained by self-registration on the porch of Hill's Studio and bear canisters are available for rent at the bookstore.
Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station
Currently open from 7 am to 9 pm. Wilderness permits are available at the entrance station along with bear canister rentals.
Bear resistant food canisters are required in the Yosemite Wilderness. Use a canister to store all food or scented items when left unattended. Remember that anything used in, on, or around the body is considered a food item. Whenever food or scented items are out, please keep them within arm's reach, even while day hiking.If a bear approaches your camp, act immediately to scare it away. Maintain a safe distance while making as much noise as possible. Throw small stones or pines cones toward the bear, being careful not to strike the bear on the head. If the bear returns, repeat. Do not attempt to retrieve food or gear from a bear until it abandons the items.
Did You Know?
Yosemite has a full-time sign language interpreter in the park every summer? The Yosemite Deaf Services Program began in 1979 and provides a variety of services to make sure the park is accessible for all of Yosemite's D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.