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May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)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 Due to Multiple Wildland Fires

October 4, 2017 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Portions of the Empire Fire remain active within its perimeter while fire intensities throughout the South Fork fire area have been effectively reduced or mitigated by firefighters. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded on the Empire Fire while allowing for public access in the South Fork Fire area the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is rescinding and maintaining the following area closures until further notice is given.

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

The Empire fire area as depicted on the accompanying map entitled “Yosemite National Park Fire Safety Closures #5” remains closed to all travel.

The closures affecting the South Fork Fire area have been rescinded; all areas previously closed under these orders are now open to the public.

Hikers and trail users are urged to exercise caution in the fire area due to uneven terrain, logs, rolling debris and isolated areas of lingering heat. Additionally, high winds will increase the potential for fire weakened tree failures in this Wilderness area.

Notice of closure will be posted and the area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see accompanying map for more information.

This order supersedes all prior area closures. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Area approx from Westfall Meadows to Illilouette Creek south of Glacier Point Road and north of Buena Vista Peak is closed
Fire Safety Trail Closure #4
 

Safety Closure (Hazardous Conditions)

October 20, 2017 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

There has been significant erosion and undermining along the base of the rock retaining wall on the John Muir Trail, in the area known as the " Ice Cut." National Park Service backcountry trail staff members have conducted an initial evaluation of the area and have determined that it is not safe to traverse by foot or by stock. The rock wall is of older construction and an unknown age, and the wall appears to be unstable.

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

Starting October 18, 2017, the following area(s) are closed to foot and stock use:

  • The John Muir Trail from Clark Point to the Panorama Trail junction.

This closure is anticipated to remain in effect until the summer of 2018. Design and Engineering staff will be working on a repair design over the winter to begin repairs on the trail as soon as it is safe to do so.

The closure area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see attached map for more information.

Management actions are excepted from this order. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing the John Muir Trail closed from the junction near Clark Point to the junction with the Panorama Trail southwest of Nevada Fall

Last updated: December 4, 2017

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