Through this campaign some of the most important trails in Yosemite were improved, reversing years of degradation through natural disasters and heavy use.

Mount Hoffman

For example, today visitors can follow one safe and restored trail all the way up to the peak of Mount Hoffmann. Prior to this, hikers negotiated dangerous slippery slopes and created dozens of crisscrossing paths, trampling pristine meadows and increasing erosion.

Now the clearly marked trail from May Lake to Mount Hoffmann is safe, surrounding habitat has been replanted and natural barriers encourage hikers to stay on the trail.

John Muir Trail

The historic John Muir Trail, which begins at Happy Isles in Yosemite and ends 210 miles later on the summit of Mount Whitney, is one of the most popular backpacking trails in the Sierra region and California.

The 33 miles of John Muir Trail in Yosemite is now a showcase for the best in trail restoration — “wonders in granite,” with dry-laid stone walls, rock staircases, drainage structures and habitat restoration that blend this trail seamlessly into the natural landscape.

Lou Summerfield

Branch Chief of Roads & Trails

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.