Yosemite Valley trails are some of the most popular in the park. They offer visitors a way to experience many iconic landmarks, such as Yosemite Falls, up close. Many of these trails have been in place since the early 1900s and reflect the beautiful craftsmanship of dry stone masonry techniques of that era.

Building on Past Trail Successes

Yosemite Conservancy’s generous donors fund important trail restoration have contributed to the success of many ambitious trail projects to date. In 2011, our donors made it possible to restore several historic trails, including the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, the Four Mile Trail, Tenaya Zig Zags and the Mist Trail. The East Valley Loop Trail, funded by The Campaign for Yosemite Trails, saw trail repair on sections near The Ahwahnee and Lower Yosemite Falls.

In popular locations such as Yosemite Valley, restored trails are particularly crucial to protecting fragile habitat. Well-maintained trails keep hikers safe and on trails, preventing erosion and the creation of social paths throughout the landscape.

Together we are building the best trails for you and for Yosemite.

Lou SummerfieldBranch Chief of Roads and TrailsNational Park Service

Project Notes

One thing I give thanks for almost every day is the generosity, dedication and passion of Conservancy donors who provide us with resources to keep Yosemite’s trail system the gold standard within the National Park System.