“I find that in contemplating the natural world my pleasure is greater if there are not too many others
Almost 95% of Yosemite is designated Wilderness, offering endless opportunities for adventure, solitude, and connection. In order to protect these wild places and provide an outstanding hiking experience, wilderness permits are required for all overnight trips.
Plan Your Wilderness Trip
Where to Go
When to Go
Seasons in Yosemite
Each season offers its own benefits and challenges, and trail accessibility varies depending on the time of year.
Backpacking in Winter and Spring
Snow can usually be found in the park from November through May. Learn what to expect and how to have a safe, enjoyable trip.
Know Before You Go
Last updated: February 23, 2020