John Muir Trail and Habitat Improvements in Lyell Canyon

The popular John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail runs along the Wild and Scenic 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 Yosemite toad habitat and changes plant distribution.

In 2013, trail work continued near Ireland Creek. The trail was moved out of sensitive wetland habitat to drier, more resilient areas that are easier for visitors to access. By restoring vital habitat,  visitors have the opportunity to enjoy views of healthy, functioning wetland ecosystems on an improved trail system.

Together, we are improving Yosemite’s trails for both visitors and wildlife.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

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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