Improve John Muir Trail & Habitat in Lyell Canyon

The popular John Muir Trail runs along the Tuolumne River corridor in Lyell Canyon and is one of Yosemite’s summer wilderness highlights. A variety of users access this trail, including backpackers, day hikers and stock animals.

Over time, numerous parallel trails have become deeply rutted, as hikers and stock animals attempt to avoid the mud in the damp meadow and wetland habitat. These ruts alter natural hydrology, which affects the park’s amphibian habitat and changes plant distribution. The trail is being moved out of sensitive wetland habitat to drier, more resilient areas that will be easier for visitors to access.

Thanks to your help, vital habitats are being restored, and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy views of healthy, functioning wetland ecosystems on an improved trail system.

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Project Notes

Yosemite’s trail system is an amazing gift that has been passed down from previous generations. It allows easy access to visitors and includes incredible dry-stone masonry built in the most spectacular scenery.

Dave Kari
Trails Supervisor
Yosemite National Park