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 became deeply rutted, as hikers and stock animals attempted to avoid the mud in the damp meadow and wetland habitat. These ruts altered natural hydrology, which affected Yosemite toad habitat and changed 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, we gave visitors the opportunity to enjoy views of healthy, functioning wetland ecosystems on an improved trail system.