The Yosemite Wilderness, unlike many other areas in the Sierra, is accessible from a variety of roads and directions: Hwy 140, 120, and 49 from the west, and 120 (Tioga Road) from the east. Over 700 miles of trail crisscross this wilderness, starting at various points throughout the park.
Once you have arrived in Yosemite there is a transit system within the park.
Public Transportation Option:
Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) provide transportation services from communities along Highway 140 between Merced and Yosemite (including Mariposa, Midpines, and El Portal). During summer, service is also available from east of Yosemite, via Highway 120 (including Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes). Amtrak stops in Yosemite Valley and Greyhound stops in Merced (Where you can connect via the YART to make it into the valley.
The greyhound schedule and details can be viewed at :
The Amtrak is available at
If you arrive in Yosemite Valley by bus, access to other areas of the park is possible, as follows:
- Yosemite Valley (free shuttle service around eastern Yosemite Valley)
- Glacier Point (late May/June through October via fee-based tour)
- Badger Pass (mid December through March via free shuttle)
- Wawona (summer only; very limited shuttle service available from Wawona to Yosemite Valley in the morning and from Yosemite Valley to Wawona in the afternoon)
- Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows (July and August, along with weekends in June and September, via fee-based tour and YARTS Highway 120 East bus)
- Tuolumne Meadows (summer only; free shuttle service in the Tuolumne Meadows area)
- Hetch Hetchy Valley (no public transportation)
- Hodgdon Meadow (no public transportation)
For the YARTS schedule check out http://www.yarts.com/ . If you are planning on traveling with YARTS, purchase a ticket ahead of time on the website..