Improve John Muir Trail & Meadow Habitat in Lyell Canyon - 2015

Yosemite work crews improve the John Muir Trail and meadow habitat in Lyell Canyon.

The popular John Muir Trail runs along the Tuolumne River corridor in Lyell Canyon and is one of Yosemite’s 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 amphibian habitat and changes plant distribution.

In 2015, your support helped the park build on previous years of successful Conservancy-funded restoration work in Lyell Canyon focused on moving sections of the trail out of sensitive wetland habitat to drier, more resilient areas. Crews built 1,667 feet of rerouted trail and restored 134,794 square feet of meadow by repairing ruts and replanting the former trail route, providing visitors with a better hiking experience while improving habitat for the threatened Yosemite toad and the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

Your support in 2015 helped improve a popular Yosemite trail and ensure the health of a vital wetland ecosystem.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes
Yosemite work crews improve the John Muir Trail and meadow habitat in Lyell Canyon.

Trail locations affect the ecological function of wet meadow, riparian habitats including critical habitat for the newly listed threatened Yosemite Toad and endangered Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog. Since 2011, thanks to the Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite crews rerouted over 2,421 linear feet of trail from meadows, ecologically restoring nearly 5 acres of wet meadow habitat.

Victoria Hartman
Wilderness Restoration Coordinator
Yosemite National Park