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Explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map. Loaded with helpful information on camping, hiking, lodging, transportation, regulations, and safety, this map is an invaluable tool for casual park visitors and avid adventurers alike. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies, the map features key areas of interest including Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Detail of the popular Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley are provided in inset maps.
With almost 800 miles of mapped trails, the Yosemite National Park map can guide you off the beaten path and back again. The clearly marked trails include mileages between intersections. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. Some of the many recreation features include: campgrounds, trailheads, tram tours, ski areas, river access, scenic overlooks, scenic byways, and interpretive trails.
Every Trails Illustrated map is printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.
Other features found on this map include: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Range, El Capitan, Emigrant Wilderness, Excelsior Mountain, Hoover Wilderness, Illilouette Falls, Inyo National Forest, Lake Eleanor, Lower Yosemite Fall, Matterhorn Peak, Mount Dana, Mount Lyell, Mount Ritter, Nevada Fall, Ribbon Fall, Ritter Range, Sierra National Forest, Silver Strand Falls, Stanislaus National Forest, Tioga Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, Upper Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley.
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Free wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes (except if hiking to Half Dome). (If your backpacking itinerary reasonably includes Half Dome and you want to include Half Dome on your trip, be sure to request Half Dome permits on your wilderness permit application. This year, there is a $8/person charge.)
Wilderness permits are only issued to a limited number people for each trailhead in order to provide outstanding opportunities for solitude, as required by the Wilderness Act. Since many trails are very popular, reservations are recommended ($5 per confirmed reservation plus $5 per person). Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 60 percent can be reserved ahead of time while the remaining 40 percent is available on a first-come, first-served basis no earlier than 11 am the day before your hike begins as long as permits are available.
If your starting trailhead is outside Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency that manages that trailhead. Common examples:
- Twin Lakes (Robinson Creek): Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- Virginia Lakes: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- Chiquito Pass: Sierra National Forest
- Quartz Mountain: Sierra National Forest
- Lake Eleanor: Stanislaus National Forest
- Cherry Lake: Stanislaus National Forest
- Saddlebag Lake: Inyo National Forest
Still have questions? You can call us at 209/372-0826 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm). This phone line is only staffed with wilderness rangers during summer. For wilderness permit reservations, call 209/372-0740.
By Ramona Giwargis — firstname.lastname@example.org
Yosemite National Park officials announced Thursday the release of a plan detailing site improvements to restore the peaceful habitat of the park’s largest grove of giant sequoias.
The plan outlines a restoration project that will remove some infrastructure from the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, making it more natural and accessible. Officials say the changes will improve the experience for visitors and improve the experience for visitors and preserve the historic trees, some of which are 3,000 years old.
“The most important thing is the protection of these rare and beautiful trees,” said Scott Gediman, park spokesman. “This project is going to restore the area and provide for the long term health of the grove.”
Gediman said the project will remove a noisy tram tour that cuts through the grove, which some visitors have said disrupted the grove’s peaceful environment. The project will also move a parking lot about two miles away, near the south entrance of the park.
The park will provide free shuttle service to the grove, Gediman said, and several more trails will be built for improved access.
Removing the infrastructure from the grove will restore the area’s wetlands, Gediman said, which is critical to the health of the trees. “The big problem right now is you’ve got asphalt going over the streams,” he said. “This project will extend the life of the trees and allow new ones to grow.”
The $24 million project will be completed in multiple phases over two to three years. About $20 million will come from fundraising by the Yosemite Conservancy; the remaining amount will be federal funds.
Neal Desai, Pacific region field director for the National Parks Conservation Association, said Thursday the project will protect one of the park’s most iconic symbols, the giant sequoias, for generations to come.
“It’s the long-term view,” Desai said. “It’s looking into the future to see how the experience people have in this area is protected and enhanced.”
Desai said he personally experienced the negative effects of having a parking lot located near the grove. “It’s really disappointing when you get there and you hear cars honking and idling right next to the entrance of the grove,” he said. “What we have here is the opportunity to restore the natural quiet.”
Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for June 30, 2014, the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Land Grant, which marked the first time the federal government set aside land for protection.
A copy of the plan can be found at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/mariposagrove.
Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or email@example.com.