Yosemite Valley trails are some of the most popular in the park and let visitors get up close to iconic landmarks like Yosemite Falls. They are easily accessible from locations like the Nature Center at Happy Isles or shuttle stops. If you have hiked the many switchbacks of the Tenaya Zig-Zags trail, or cooled off on the Mist Trail as you approach Vernal Fall, then you have probably marveled at the workmanship of these trails. Mile after mile of beautiful dry stone masonry can be seen in the steps, switchbacks and retaining walls. Many were built in the early 1900s and reflect the techniques of that era.

Building on Past Trail Successes

Yosemite Conservancy has completed many ambitious trail projects to date. In 2012, restoration work continued, including upper Yosemite Fall, the Four Mile Trail, Tenaya Zig Zags and the Mist Trail. Restored trails keep hikers safe, minimizing tripping and slipping hazard, while providing access to some of the most spectacular views. Good trails also prevent erosion that destroys the surrounding fragile habitat and can cause trees to topple onto trails. Together we are restoring the best trails for you and for Yosemite.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park

Dave Kari

Trails Supervisor

Project Notes

Some sections of these legendary trails are well more than 100 years old. By reconstructing these trails in a similar manner to their original construction, we enable visitors to hike along trails that are strikingly similar to what it was like when visiting the park in the early 1900s.