Yosemite Trail Maps - A Necessity
In This Beautiful
But Vast Wilderness
Yosemite National Park, located in
the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, is
over 760,000 acres of stunning rock formations, beautiful
meadows, and pristine wilderness. It is filled with
many interesting and inspiring sites and places to
camp, fish, hike, and other outdoor activities. It
is home to bears, deer, coyotes and a host of other
wildlife. The park is the site of the country's tallest
waterfall and of groves of sequoia trees, the largest
living things on Earth. There is much to see in Yosemite,
but in order to get the most out of your visit and
to avoid getting lost, it is best to obtain a Yosemite
Yosemite Information & Fast Facts
* Established as a national park
October 1, 1890.
* 761,266 gross Area Acres.
* Nearly 95% of the Park is designated Wilderness.
* Elevation ranges from 2900' to 13,114' in the Wilderness
* More than 3,000,000 million visitors annually.
* Home to over 200 species of birds, 80 species of
mammals and 1,400 species of plants, trees, and shrubs.
* Over 800 miles of trail.
The park is divided into four main
areas -- Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne and Tioga Road,
Hetch Hetchy, and Wawona and Glacier Point. Each of
these areas is a destination in and of itself, but
all are also home to some of Yosemite's most popular
attractions including Yosemite Falls, Vernal Falls,
Half Dome, Mariposa Grove, and El Capitan.
Yosemite Valley is arguably the most
popular hiking area in Yosemite National Park. It is
home to 6 major hiking trails or trailheads. They are
Happy Isles, Mirror Lake-Snow Creek, Yosemite Falls,
Four Mile Trail, Wawona Tunnel-Pohono Trail, and Big
Oak Flat. From these trails, hikers can reach over
40 official destinations in the park. Routes found
on a trail map of this area range from the 8-mile long
Vernal Trail that takes hikers to a beautiful view
of Vernal Falls to the 211-mile long John Muir Trail
leading to Mount Whitney. Most of the trails in the
Yosemite Valley area remain open in winter and early
Toulumne Meadows is home to 13 trails
that lead hikers to numerous lakes, camps, and high
country attractions. The shortest destination trip
is a 1.5-mile trek to Dog Lake. Ambitious hikers can
travel 32.7 miles to the Devil's Postpile and the truly
fanatical can join up with the John Muir Trail and
hike 190 miles to the Whitney Portal.
The Tioga Road area has 13 trails
listed. Some lead to groves of sequoias, lakes, and
valleys, while others connect to trails in other parts
of the park. These tend to be shorter trails with most
destinations under 15 miles.
The Hetch Hetchy area is home to five
trails leading to more than 20 designated areas. All
but a few trails are over 5 miles long and many are
intended for overnight hikers. The Hetch Hetchy Road
is open limited hours. There is no access to Hetch
Hetchy trailheads while the road is closed.
Wawona and Glacier Point Trail is located in the southern
part of the park, about 1 hour drive from Yosemite
Valley. The area is the starting point for 15 trails
leading to over 30 destinations in the park including
several routes to Deer Camp, Bridalveil campground,
and Wawona Tunnel. There is also a trail that winds
through Mariposa Grove.
Those who wish to trek into Yosemite's
wilderness and spend one or more nights must obtain
a free wilderness permit before beginning. The park
monitors and limits the number of people who can begin
an overnight hike each day. Each trailhead is allowed
a certain number. Permits are not required for day
Where To Get A Yosemite Park Trail Map
In addition to hiking access, many
Yosemite trails are open to cross country skiing and
horseback riding in certain areas. Trail maps for each
different activity can be found at the park or by visiting
another great site that offers a Yosemite trail map
as well as other Yosemite information including maps
of Yosemite and California in relation to other parts
of the country and world.
another interesting site that offers maps of the valley
area, valley floor, south park/Wawona, and Tuolumne
Yosemite National Park is a hikers'
paradise, with trails of all distances and difficulties.
All lead to interesting or breathtaking sites, views,
and buildings. However, the sheer size of the park
and the number of trails available makes a Yosemite
park trail map a necessity for those who want to get
a visual idea of the layout of the area, locate trail
destinations and trail connections or simply keep from
getting lost. Many destinations have several access
trails from which to choose, and Yosemite trail maps
help visitors plan the best route.
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