Yosemite Wilderness Permits and Bear-Proof Canisters
For many hikers the ultimate Yosemite experience is heading out into the wilderness, miles and miles away from any human structures, crowds, constraints or routines.
To preserve this wilderness experience, Yosemite Conservancy partners with the National Park Service to administer wilderness permits. This permit system helps guarantee that each visitor has "outstanding opportunities for solitude." Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips only. Permits are not required for day hikes (except for Half Dome).
Bear-Proof Canister Rental
All overnight backpackers are also required to carry bear-proof canisters for storing food and other items. If you do not have your own bear-proof canister we can provide a rental.
A very important part of preserving the wilderness experience is keeping bears wild. Wild bears on natural diets stay healthy and are wary of approaching hikers. Storing your food in bear-proof canisters and never feeding bears keeps both backpackers and bears safe.