December 17, 2019
Although astronomical winter is a few days away, it is climatically winter in Yosemite. Snow covers the high country in a thick blanket extending all the way down to the Yosemite Valley. Plan to travel and camp in snow.
Current trail closures are listed on the current conditions page.
Free wilderness permits are required for overnight stays in the Yosemite Wilderness. Permits can be obtained at the following locations.
Wilderness Permit Reservations
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Reservations are available up to 24 (168 Days) weeks ahead of your entry date.
Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center
Closed for the season. Will reopen May 2020. Wilderness permits, maps for sale, and bear canisters for rent are available at the Valley Visitor Center (open 9 am to 5 pm).
Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Closed for the season. Will reopen spring 2020 when Tioga Pass opens. Wilderness permits for the Tuolumne Meadows area are available on the porch (self-registration). Be prepared with your own bear canister.
Big Oak Flat Information Station
Closed for the season. Will reopen spring 2020. Wilderness permits for the Tioga Road area are available on the porch (self-registration). Be prepared with your own bear canister
Wawona Visitor Center at Hill's Studio
Closed for the season. Will reopen spring 2020. Wilderness permits for the Glacier Point Road and Wawona areas are available on the porch (self-registration). Be prepared with your own bear canister.
Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station
Hetchy Road is open 8 am to 5 pm. Wilderness permits for the Hetch Hetchy area are available at the kiosk (self-registration). Be prepared with your own bear canister. There is no access to Hetch Hetchy beyond road open hours (overnight parking is permitted in the overnight parking lot near the backpackers' campground).
Bear resistant food canisters are required in the Yosemite Wilderness. Use a canister to store all food or scented items when left unattended. Remember that anything used in, on, or around the body is considered a food item. Whenever food or scented items are out, please keep them within arm's reach, even while day hiking.
Last updated: December 20, 2019