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.
Use the resources on this page to start planning your trip, find important information about safety and regulations, and learn how to apply for your wilderness permit.
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Plan Your Wilderness Trip
Where to Go
Not sure where to start? Explore common backpacking routes to find the right trip for your interests, time frame, and abilities.
Which trailhead will you need a permit for? Browse the full list of wilderness trailheads and the daily permit quota for each.
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.
Current Trail Conditions
Check for current wilderness conditions and permit station information.
Applying for a Wilderness Permit
Wilderness permits are required for all overnight hikes. Learn how and when to apply for a permit.
Know Before You Go
Leave No Trace Ethics
Guidelines for enjoying and protecting wild spaces.
Tips for a safe and enjoyable wilderness trip.
All scented items must be stored in a bear-resistant container or locker.
What is allowed in wilderness areas?
Last updated: February 21, 2023