YOSEMITE WILDERNESS PERMIT | How to apply

YOSEMITE WILDERNESS PERMIT | How to apply

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Want to go backpacking in Yosemite? I will teach you how to plan and apply for a backpacking permit, also known as a wilderness permit through the nation park services website and other resources. Step by step I will walk you through my process of getting permits to Yosemite, and other places in the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. I have been all over the country camping and backpacking. With this process, I have never had a permit request turned down. I have also gotten to seem some amazing places and you can too!

1. Find what you want to see.
2. Look at trailheads around what you want to see.
3. Plan out the route and look at elevation, elevation change and mileage.
4. Plan camping spots to camp at each night.
5. Apply for the permit!

Links
Hetch Hetchy 52 mile, 5 day loop: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/folder/39fa7c63-0f20-4f18-b862-c189b5b50fb5/?layer=natgeo,caltopofeatures,caltoporelief,GaiaTopoRasterFeet
NPS Wilderness permit information: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm
Yosemite Trailhead Map: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/wildernesstrailheads.pdf
Gaia GPS route mapping tool/app: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/

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4 Comments

  1. sjr428 on January 3, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Hello, glad I found this video, it seems to make a little more sense now, but I’m still a little stuck. I’m trying to plan a trip out now ideally from Glacier point to Little Yosemite campground, spend the night, climb half dome, and come out via the JMT (mist trail) and eventually back to the backpackers camp at Yosemite valley. I’ve done this route before with a guide service and I’m trying to duplicate it on my own now. It feels like I’m apply to enter at trail head 3 and come out at TH 1. Is that correct?

    Also, What if I was able to take some extra days and want to do Oak flat to Yosemite falls and then to Little Yosemite valley campground with Half Dome and out on the JMT? In at TH 8 and out at TH 1, but taking the tour bus from the valley floor area to GP and TH 5? Is that 2 separate permits or could I do that on 1, or am I crazy for thinking that? Thanks for any guidance!

  2. Arlene Marie Sonelle Sulquiano on January 3, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Hello, me and my friends are planning to just do an overnight wilderness camping at yosemite this may. We dont know where, but im thinking of doing the upper yosemite falls. Can we camp around that area? If so do we need a permit for that too?

  3. Guy Doron on January 3, 2020 at 5:32 am

    the wilderness trailhead map clarified so much

  4. EL SCIENCE on January 3, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Really helpful video, and thanks for giving us advice for where to find the best gps trail maps.

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