Yosemite National Park

A fantastic place for climbing, scrambling, hiking and enjoying some of America's finest scenery.


For most day use in Yosemite, permits are not required. However, for hiking Half Dome and overnight backpacking, wilderness permits are required. From the Park Service:

Wilderness permits are only issued to a limited number people for each trailhead in order to provide outstanding opportunities for solitude, as required by the Wilderness Act. Since many trails are very popular, reservations are recommended ($5 per confirmed reservation plus $5 per person). Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 60 percent can be reserved ahead of time while the remaining 40 percent is available on a first-come, first-served basis no earlier than 11 am the day before your hike begins as long as permits are available. Click here for information on this process.

Please remember, it is up to us to make sure we are being good land stewards and setting the standard for others to follow. Please keep group sizes to 12 total people (less for technical climbs) and work with any other Mountaineers groups that are going to be in the area at the same time.

Contact your climbing committee chair, or Katherine Hollis, Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager , if you have questions or need more information.

  • Land Manager: Yosemite National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 30
  • USGS Half Dome
  • USGS El Capitan
  • USGS Yosemite Falls
  • Trails Illustrated Yosemite National Park

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