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Starting May 21, 2021, a wilderness permit will be required for all overnight big wall climbers. During this pilot, wilderness permits for climbers will be free and there will be no quotas or limits on the number of permits available. The pilot will help climbing rangers better understand use patterns on big walls. 

  • This permit is only for climbers who intend to sleep on Yosemite’s climbing routes. 
  • Your application must be submitted between 15 and 4 days in advance of your entry date. 
  • Permits are free and issued without a quota. 
  • Applications will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours. 
  • You must pick-up your permit in person: 
    • In front of the Yosemite Museum (just west of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) (7:30 am to 11:30am through October 31) at the wilderness climbing permit issuing station.
    • El Capitan Meadow (12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, May 15 to July 4 and September 1 to October 31) at the daily Ask A Climber program.
    • From July 4-September 1, subject to climbing ranger availability, climbers can request an appointment to pick up their permit between 12:30pm and 5pm up to 24 hours in advance.

For more on policies and regulations, please visit the Yosemite Climbing Permits Page 

Apply Here

If you have any climbing specific questions, you can contact the park directly through email or by phone at 209/354-2025. 

Learn more about Yosemite Conservancy’s Climbing Programs