- Carry a headlamp on every hike, even short day hikes
- Carry and drink plenty of water (a minimum of 1 quart every 2 hours)
- Sturdy footwear with good traction might save an ankle
- Minor/moderate health or medical issues can be easily exacerbated by hiking up the steep Valley trails—know your limits and pay attention to how you're feeling
- Stay on the established trail
- When hiking in a group, each member of the group should carry some water and food in case the party becomes separated, and the group should make a plan for where to meet up (at the vehicle, at the trailhead, etc.) if the members become separated.
Over 800 miles of trails traverse Yosemite National Park. Not surprisingly, the majority of Yosemite's Search and Rescue (YOSAR) missions are spent assisting injured hikers or searching for a lost people in the wilderness. Each year, park rangers and search and rescue personnel respond to approximately 250 emergency incidents in the park.
Here are some quick tips to help you be safe while hiking in Yosemite:
Over 800 miles of trails traverse Yosemite. Not surprisingly, the majority of Yosemite's Search and Rescue (YOSAR) missions are spent assisting injured hikers or searching for a lost people in the backcountry. Here are some quick tips to help you HIKE SAFE in Yosemite National Park.
Have a plan
Stay on the trail
For more information, the Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue's provides more information about the potential dangers and how to be safe while on the trail.
Last updated: February 20, 2017