Yosemite is a world renowned destination for rock climbers, with some of the planet’s most iconic rock climbs. Approximately 100,000 rock climbers come to Yosemite each year and visitors often marvel at climbers slowly making their way up the face of El Capitan or Cathedral Rocks. 

Despite the growing popularity of climbing, Yosemite has no sustainable system of climber approaches or descent trails and climbers often use the path of ‘least resistance’ to get to their destinations. This results in an informal network of severely eroded trails, with surrounding vegetation and habitat destruction.

This project is changing that by bringing together local youth groups, climbing organizations and park partners to form crews that are creating clearly delineated climber trails and restoring surrounding habitat. These crews are also introduced to many areas of park stewardship through mentoring programs.

Your support is opening-up life-changing opportunities for youth, while helping build new trails and protecting fragile habitat.

Partnering with professional climber and educator Ron Kauk, and working through the Sacred Rok nonprofit foundation and Yosemite National Park.

Jesse McGahey

Climbing Ranger

Project Notes

We are at a critical juncture concerning the amounts of vegetation and soil loss at many climbing areas. This project will build a durable yet low-profile trail system that will both protect our fragile forest resources and improve the visitor experience for climbers.