Yosemite Valley trails are some of the most popular in the park and let visitors get up-close to iconic landmarks like Yosemite Falls. They are easily accessible from locations like the Nature Center at Happy Isles or shuttle stops. If you have hiked the many switchbacks of the Tenaya Zig-Zags trail, or cooled-off on the Mist Trail as you approach Vernal Fall, then you have probably marveled at the workmanship of these trails. There is mile after mile of beautiful dry stone masonry as seen in steps, switchbacks and retaining walls. Many were built in the early 1900’s and reflect the techniques of that era.
Building on Past Trail Successes
Yosemite Conservancy has completed many ambitious trail projects to date . In 2012 we continue restoration work, including upper Yosemite Falls, Four Mile, Tenaya Zig Zags and the Mist Trail. Restored trails keep hikers safe, minimizing tripping and slipping hazard, while providing access to some of the most spectacular views. Good trails also prevent erosion that destroys the surrounding fragile habitat and can cause trees to topple onto trails. Together we are restoring the best trails for you and for Yosemite.
Partnering with Yosemite National Park