Trailhead Information

This is a list of trailhead names for wilderness permit purposes. (A map showing each trailhead is also available [1.5 MB PDF].) The total quota for each trailhead is the sum of the reservable and first-come, first-served quotas. (The quota refers to number of people, not number of permits.)

Many trailhead restrooms do not have potable water. All trailheads have food lockers available, except when noted otherwise.

Limited public transportation is available to some trailheads, especially during summer.

Please note that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road trailheads have no vehicle access when these roads are closed, typically from around November to May or early June. Additionally, overnight parking is not allowed on the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads beginning October 15; this includes parking lots accessible from these roads.

Tioga Road (west of Olmsted Point)

Big Oak Flat Information Station

View trail descriptions and mileages for this area

Trailhead

Quota
(reservable)

Quota
(first-come,
first-served)

Restroom

Notes

May Lake

15

10

Yes

May Lake to Snow Creek

6

4

No

Porcupine Creek

12

8

Yes

Yosemite Creek Campground

15

10

Yes (in campground)

Ten Lakes

24

16

No

Luken to Lukens Lake

6

4

No

Lukens Lake to Yosemite Creek

6

4

No

White Wolf to Aspen Valley

15

10

Yes (in campground)

White Wolf to Smith Meadow
(including Harden Lake)

15

10

Yes (in campground)

White Wolf to Pate Valley

18

12

Yes (in campground)

White Wolf Campground

6

4

Yes (in campground)

Tamarack Creek

15

10

Yes (in campground)

South Fork Tuolumne River

15

10

No

No food lockers

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center

View trail descriptions and mileages for this area

Trailhead

Quota (reservable)

Quota
(first-come, first-served)

Restroom

Notes

Sunrise Lakes

9

6

Yes

Murphy Creek

9

6

Yes

Cathedral Lakes

15

10

No

Rafferty Creek to Vogelsang

12

8

Yes

Park at wilderness center or Dog Lake parking

Lyell Canyon

21

14

Yes

Park at wilderness center or Dog Lake parking

Young Lakes via Dog Lake

12

8

Yes

Young Lakes via Glen Aulin Trail

6

4

Yes

Park at Lembert Dome parking

Mono/Parker Pass

9

6

Yes

Glen Aulin

15

10

Yes

Park at Lembert Dome parking

Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel
(pass-through)

12

8

Yes

Park at Lembert Dome parking

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center

View trail descriptions and mileages for this area

Trailhead

Quota (reservable)

Quota
(first-come, first-served)

Restroom

Notes

Happy Isles to Illilouette

3

2

Yes

Park at trailhead parking lot*

Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV)

18

12

Yes

Park at trailhead parking lot*

Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass-through)

6

4

Yes

Park at trailhead parking lot*

Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV)
trailhead only accessible via Four Mile Trail in 2021

6

4

Yes

Mirror Lake to Snow Creek

15

10

Yes

Park at trailhead parking lot*

Yosemite Falls

15

10

Yes

Park at trailhead parking lot*

Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking)

6

4

Yes (at Bridalveil Fall
parking)

Old Big Oak Flat Road

6

4

No


*Trailhead parking is just beyond Curry Village (and about a half-mile from Happy Isles). Use the free Yosemite Valley shuttle bus to get to trailheads. Parking is not available at Happy Isles, Mirror Lake, or Yosemite Falls trailheads.

Wawona and Glacier Point Road

Wawona Visitor Center

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Trailhead

Quota
(reservable)

Quota
(first-come,
first-served)

Restroom

Notes

Chilnualna Falls

24

16

Yes

Alder Creek

18

12

No

Deer Camp

15

10

No

No food lockers

Westfall Meadow
trailhead not accessible in 2021

9

6

No

No food lockers

Bridalveil Creek Campground
trailhead not accessible in 2021

15

10

Yes

McGurk Meadow
trailhead not accessible in 2021

9

6

No

Ostrander (Lost Bear Meadow)
trailhead not accessible in 2021

15

10

Yes

Mono Meadow
trailhead not acccessible in 2021

12

8

No

Pohono Trail (Glacier Point)
trailhead accessible only via Four Mile Trail in 2021

9

6

Yes

Pohono Trail (Taft Point)
trailhead not accessible in 2021

6

4

Yes

No food lockers

Glacier Point to Illilouette
trailhead accessible only via Four Mile Trail in 2021

15

10

Yes

Badger Pass Ranger Station

Winter Only

The Badger Pass Road is typically open from mid-December through March, conditions permitting. These winter trails are not hiking trails. They are intended for use with skis or snowshoes.

Trailhead

Quota
(reservable)

Quota
(first-come,
first-served)

Restroom

Notes

Merced Crest

0

25

Yes

Winter travel only

Horizon Ridge

0

25

Yes

Winter travel only

Dewey Ridge (#14)

0

10

Yes

Winter travel only

Dewey Meadow (#18)

0

25

Yes

Winter travel only

Pohono Trail (Taft Point)

0

10

Yes

Winter travel only

Bridalveil Creek

0

25

Yes

Winter travel only

Badger Pass

0

30

Yes

Winter travel only

Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy Entrance

View trail descriptions and mileages for this area

Trailhead

Quota
(reservable)

Quota
(first-come,
first-served)

Restroom

Notes

Beehive Meadows

21

14

Yes

Rancheria Falls

21

14

Yes

Miguel Meadow

9

6

Yes

Poopenaut Valley

15

10

No

No food lockers

Mather Ranger Station

15

10

No

Smith Peak

9

6

No

No food lockers

Cottonwood Creek

12

8

No

No food lockers

Base Line Camp Road

15

10

No

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find your trailhead?

First, look on a map of where you are planning to go and go over the list again. If you still haven't found your trailhead name, the following information should help you.

What trail do I use to camp overnight while hiking Half Dome?

The following trailheads allow (and require) you to stay at the Little Yosemite Valley Campground on the first night of your trip:

  • From Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
  • From Glacier Point: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley

If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required).

A number of trails from Tuolumne Meadows also provide indirect access to Little Yosemite Valley (20- to 40-mile hike). If you have a permit for one of these trailheads, you can spend the second night of your backpacking trip at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required).

What is the difference between the three Happy Isles trailheads?

As that starting point is the most popular in the park, the quota is divided into three categories according to where you want to camp.

  • To camp in the Illilouette basin: Happy Isles to Illilouette
  • To camp at Little Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
  • For long-distance hikers, to pass through the Little Yosemite Valley/Half Dome area and camp beyond that, in the direction of either Merced Lake or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass through)

Why isn't the John Muir Trail listed?

The John Muir Trail can only be directly accessed via these trailheads:

  • From Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass through) and Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
  • From Tuolumne Meadows exiting the park: Lyell Canyon
  • From Glacier Point: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley
  • From Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley (not exiting the park): Cathedral Lakes

Why isn't the Panorama Trail listed?

Camping is not allowed on the Panorama Trail or near Illilouette Fall. You may hike along the trail and camp at another destination beyond.

  • To camp at Little Yosemite Valley: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley
  • To camp in the Illilouette basin or beyond: Glacier Point to Illilouette or Happy Isles to Illilouette

Why isn't the Tenaya Lake trailhead listed?

There are two trails that leave from Tenaya Lake, one that leads to the north and one to the south.

  • To hike north to Murphy Creek and Poly Dome Lakes: Murphy Creek
  • To hike south to Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Sunrise

What is the difference between the two Glen Aulin trailheads?

  • To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail

  • To pass through Glen Aulin and camp (on your first night) somewhere in the direction of Waterwheel Falls or Cold Canyon: Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel (pass through)

What's the difference between the Yosemite Creek and Ten Lakes trailheads?

The Ten Lakes trailhead is for all destinations northbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek.

The Yosemite Creek Campground trailhead is for all destinations southbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek.

What is the difference between the four White Wolf trailheads?

  • To camp in Pate Valley or in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne: White Wolf to Pate Valley

  • To camp along the trail to Ten Lakes or Double Rock: White Wolf Campground
  • To camp along the trail to Smith Peak or at Harden Lake: White Wolf to Smith Meadow (including Harden Lake)
  • To camp along the trail to Aspen Valley: White Wolf to Aspen Valley

Why is the Hetch Hetchy or O'Shaughnessy Dam trail not listed?

There are three trails that originate at O'Shaughnessy Dam.

  • To camp near Rancheria Falls or Tiltill Valley: Rancheria Falls
  • To camp near Beehive Meadows, Laurel Lake, or Lake Vernon: Beehive Meadows
  • To camp near Miguel Meadows: Miguel Meadows

Why aren't the Twin Lakes, Virginia Lakes, Chiquito Pass, Quartz Mountain, Lake Eleanor, Cherry Lake, or Saddlebag Lake trailheads listed?

All these trailheads are outside the park. Even though the majority of your trip will be within Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency the trailhead is located in:

Last updated: November 14, 2019

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