Yosemite National Park
Get There: Transportation Information
When Abraham Lincoln set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove in 1864 he marked one of the first times in history that a federal government preserved an area for all to enjoy. Over a hundred years later, in 1984 Congress designated 95% of what is today Yosemite National Park as the Yosemite Wilderness.
Each year millions of people travel from around the world to visit Yosemite’s breathtaking granite formations and sublime high alpine landscape. Covering an area approximately the size of Rhode Island, the Yosemite wilderness includes both the Tuolumne and Merced watersheds. During the summer months the Tioga Road (Hwy 120) traverses the park and provides quick access to the high country. Incredible access and amazing vistas combine to provide a multitude of recreational opportunities. From photography, bird-watching, fishing and picnicking to hiking, backpacking, climbing and a variety of winter sports, Yosemite offers something for people of all levels and abilities. Follow the link below to get more information about recreating in one of the jewels of the National Park system:
- 704,624 acres
- Est. 1890
- 13,114 feet at highest point
How to Get Here:
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.
What to Do:
Whatever your heart desires. Yosemite is not only a wilderness area but a national park set up to accommodate everyone. From bike rentals and tours around the paved roads to guided rock climbing tours up some of the world class faces, Yosemite is the hot spot for recreation in the central Sierras.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm to get your permit if you plan on trekking off the beaten path in Yosemite.
As Tioga pass (the main road that connects the east side to the west side of the park) is closed in the winter months the national park is still accessible via the western entrance.
Make wilderness permit reservations as early as possible! Also, many trail heads are located in Yosemite Valley. Camp 4 is a great site to set up shop. As it is one of the premier campsites for rock climbers at only $5 per night.
http://jrabold.net/yosemite/campi.shtml – if you are thinking of camping at designated sites within the park.
http://www.yosemitewilderness.com/ – great site to help plan your visit!
http://www.scaruffi.com/travel/lyell.html – If you are up for the challenge of hiking the highest peak in Yosemite here is the site!.