Soaring peaks, tranquil lakes, towering waterfalls, and ancient forests await travelers ready to venture away from the highway and into the Yosemite wilderness. Few park visitors go beyond a few busy trailheads, yet the park has hundreds of miles of beautiful trails for hiking. Walking to the edge of a three thousand-foot high precipice is an unforgettable experience. From the Valley Rim the great depth of the chasm is breathtakingly evident. On high country trails, hikers encounter another Yosemite of mountain peaks, wildflower gardens, and permanent snowfields.
Yosemite has far more to offer than just the beauty. Experience fishing for wild trout throughout Yosemite. Spring, summer or fall, this region offers a wide variety of extraordinary angling opportunities with four species of wild trout.
Yosemite Valley has an excellent bike path system and bikes to rent. Yosemite is also a birder's paradise. The rich variety of birds in Yosemite is a reflection of the Park's rich ecological diversity. A visit to Yosemite is not complete without greeting the true giants of the tree world, Sequoias. Call 209-372-0200.
YARTS offers a choice to those traveling in the region who would rather ride on a bus from outlying communities into Yosemite Valley than drive. For a reasonable fare, visitors can purchase round-trip tickets to ride into the park, and leave their vehicles parked at hotels and motels at which they are staying. Call 888-899-2787. YARTS Shuttle Schedule Hwy 120
Excerpts taken from "The Yosemite Fund" brochure, "Yosemite Guides" brochure and "YARTS" brochure.
Yosemite National Park Implements Half Dome Day Use Permits
Approximately 84,000 people climbed to the top of Half Dome making it one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park. The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842 feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are in place from mid-May through mid-October.
In an effort to more effectively manage the high number of users, the park will institute an interim program that will require a Day Use Permit to hike the cables on Half Dome seven days per week when the cables are up. Four hundred permits will be issued per day, 300 of these will be Day Use Permits and 100 will be included in wilderness permits. These permits are required for the use of the trail from the base of the Subdome to the summit of Half Dome and include the Half Dome cable route.
The Half Dome Day Use permits are available up to about four months in advance only through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Demand for permits is extremely high. Permits are not available in the park or on a first-come, first-served basis. However, any canceled permits may be available until midnight the evening before the hiking day through Recreation.gov. If you have a permit that you won't use, please cancel it so others may use it. (You may cancel your permit as late as midnight the evening before the hiking day.) Each person climbing the Half Dome cables will be required to have their own permit. Up to four permits may be obtained under one reservation. The permits are free, however, there is a non-refundable $1.50 service charge for each permit obtained. More information.