A wilderness climbing permit is required for all overnight big wall climbs. During this pilot, wilderness climbing permits will be free and there will be no quotas or limits on the number of permits available. The permit process will provide an opportunity to educate climbers on Leave No Trace climbing ethics and park regulations, and help climbing rangers quantify use patterns on big walls.
For overnight climbs starting prior to April 30th, permits must be picked up using the self-registration kiosk in front of the Valley Visitor Center.
- This permit is for climbers who intend to sleep overnight on Yosemite’s big walls. If you are doing a day climb, you do not need a wilderness climbing permit.
- Your application must be submitted 2 to 15 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 Yosemite Village from April 30th through October 30th.
- From May 20th to September 30th, a peak hours reservation is required to drive into the park between 6 am and 4 pm. Your overnight climbing permit reservation will allow you to enter the park to pick up your permit. Walk up climbing permits will be available at issuing stations for climbers already in the park.
- For more on the permit process, policies, and regulations, please visit the NPS Climbing Permits Page.
If you have climbing-specific questions, you can contact the park directly via email at [email protected] or by phone at (209) 354-2025.
Check out our Climbing Hub to read more about Yosemite Conservancy’s climbing programs — and learn Tommy Caldwell, Emily Harrington and Beth Rodden’s pro tips for climbing safely in the park.