Closures

The superintendent's compendium contains most closures and other Yosemite-specific regulations. Closures not included in the compendium are listed below (except for climbing closures).
 

Safety Closure (Wildlife Protection)

May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Due to increasing bear activity along the Snow Creek Trail and the resulting potential for negative human-bear interactions, the area to the south and east of the footbridge as depicted on the attached map will be closed to overnight camping. The National Park Service will continue to monitor bear activity in this area and will re-open the area to camping as soon as conditions allow.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) (1):

The area marked on the accompanying map entitled Wildlife Safety Closure dated May 31, 2017 is closed to overnight camping or unattended food (even when stored properly).
The marked area remains open for day use.

Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see map below for more information.
 
The area at the top of Snow Creek east of the trail is closed to camping
 

Safety Closure (Hazardous Conditions)

May 31, 2018 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Significant erosion and undermining along the base of the rock retaining wall has occurred on the John Muir Trail in the area known as the "Ice Cut." National Park Service employees have conducted evaluations of the area and have determined that foot traffic and stock can only safely traverse this area along the inside of the trail tread, not approaching the constructed rock wall. The constructed rock wall has deteriorated significantly over time and appears to be unstable.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l .5(a) and Section (a)(1): Stating May 31, 2018 the following areas are closed to foot and stock use:

  • The constructed rock wall in the area known as the "Ice Cut" and the immediately adjacent trail tread is closed to walking, sitting, standing or leaning. The interior three feet of trail tread as measured from the base of the natural rock wall are open to foot travel and stock use.

The closure area will be signed as hazardous and flagged by cones, rope or other indicative markings. This closure will remain in effect until such time as this trail segment is repaired and the constructed rock wall and immediately adjacent trail tread has been made safe.

The closure area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated.

Last updated: June 1, 2018

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