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The first wave of 2022 Yosemite Wilderness Permits opens Sunday November 14, 2021

Yosemite National Park, November 11, 2021 – Yosemite National Park features 1,200 square miles of iconic landscapes with millions of visitors traveling to Yosemite to experience the park and its wilderness each year. In 1984 Congress designated 95 percent of what is today Yosemite National Park as the Yosemite Wilderness.

The first in a series of weekly Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permits lotteries will open on Recreation.gov beginning November 14 for reservation dates of April 29, 2022 through May 7, 2022. Reservations by lottery are available on the Recreation.gov Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permits page 24 weeks in advance.

Yosemite Wilderness Locations Out of Tuolumne

A wilderness permit is required year-round for any overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. A wilderness permit is not required for day hikes (unless hiking to Half Dome), or for staying in lodging facilities and front country campgrounds.  

Sixty percent of wilderness permit reservations are available on recreation.gov by lottery 24 weeks in advance. After the lottery runs each week, any remaining reservations are available on recreation.gov on a first-come, first-served basis. Assuming normal operations in 2022, forty percent of wilderness permits will be available at wilderness centers on a first-come, first-served basis one day before the hiking start date.

Calendar Dates for Registrations in 2020

Hiking StartOpens Sunday at 12:01 amCloses Saturday at 11:59 pmResult NotificationMust Accept by Thursday at 11:59 pmRelease of remaining reservations
Apr 29–May 7 14-Nov
20-Nov
22-Nov 25-Nov 26-Nov

May 8–May 14 
21-Nov 27-Nov 29-Nov 2-Dec 3-Dec

May 15–May 21 
28-Nov 4-Dec 6-Dec 9-Dec 10-Dec

May 22–May 28 
5-Dec 11-Dec 13-Dec 16-Dec 17-Dec

May 29–Jun 4 
12-Dec 18-Dec 20-Dec 23-Dec 24-Dec

Jun 5–Jun 11 
19-Dec 25-Dec 27-Dec 30-Dec 31-Dec

Jun 12–Jun 18 
26-Dec 1-Jan 3-Jan 6-Jan 7-Jan

Jun 19–Jun 25 
2-Jan 8-Jan 10-Jan 13-Jan 14-Jan

Jun 26–Jul 2 
9-Jan 15-Jan 17-Jan 20-Jan 21-Jan
Jul 3–Jul 9  16-Jan 22-Jan 24-Jan 27-Jan 28-Jan

Jul 10–Jul 16 
23-Jan 29-Jan 31-Jan 3-Feb 4-Feb

Jul 17–Jul 23 
30-Jan 5-Feb 7-Feb 10-Feb 11-Feb

Jul 24–Jul 30 
6-Feb 12-Feb 14-Feb 17-Feb 18-Feb

Jul 31–Aug 6 
13-Feb 19-Feb 21-Feb 24-Feb 25-Feb

Aug 7–Aug 13 
20-Feb 26-Feb 28-Feb 3-Mar 4-Mar

Aug 14–Aug 20 
27-Feb 5-Mar 7-Mar 10-Mar 11-Mar

Aug 21–Aug 27 
6-Mar 12-Mar 14-Mar 17-Mar 18-Mar

Aug 28–Sep 3 
13-Mar 19-Mar 21-Mar 24-Mar 25-Mar

Sep 4–Sep 10 
20-Mar 26-Mar 28-Mar 31-Mar 1-Apr

Sep 11–Sep 17 
27-Mar 2-Apr 4-Apr 7-Apr 8-Apr

Sep 18–Sep 24 
3-Apr 9-Apr 11-Apr 14-Apr 15-Apr

Sep 25–Oct 1 
10-Apr 16-Apr 18-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr

Oct 2–Oct 8 
17-Apr 23-Apr 25-Apr 28-Apr 29-Apr

Oct 9–Oct 15 
24-Apr 30-Apr 2-May 5-May 6-May

Oct 16–Oct 23 
1-May 7-May 9-May 12-May 13-May

How Does the Quota Work for this Permit?

Trailhead quotas are in place to limit the number of people entering a specific trailhead each day. Quotas help to minimize human impact and provide maximum opportunity for solitude. The quota system is based on entry trailhead and entry date. Your permit is only valid if you enter the wilderness on your specified date and trailhead. Trailhead quotas are measured per person, not per permit. Of each daily trailhead quota, 60% can be reserved ahead of time, up to 24 weeks in advance.  

Reservations may be made up to seven days prior to the entry date. The remaining 40%, as well as any remaining reservable quota, is available for first-come, first-served walk-up permits at Yosemite Wilderness Permit Stations (assuming regular operations in 2022). Walk-up permits become available at 11:00 a.m. the day prior to entry. Reserved permits that are not picked up by 10:00 a.m. on the day of entry will be cancelled and made available for walk-up permits.

Yosemite Trailhead Regions

Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite National Park
Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley

Most of Yosemite Valley falls within a no-camping zone, so while there are trailheads starting from Yosemite Valley, they all require a hike of at least four miles and a minimum elevation gain of 2,500 feet. Most trails lead to rewarding views from the north or south rim of the Valley, but water can be limited in late summer. This region is the most popular, and most crowded, portion of the park.

Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road East of Olmsted Point

Trails leaving from Tuolumne Meadows require backpackers to hike at least four miles before camping. This mountainous high country has an abundance of peaks, lakes, creeks, rivers, and waterfalls, but temperatures will be significantly cooler than elsewhere in the park. This region is very popular with backpackers during summer, and is correspondingly busy.

Tioga Road West of Olmsted Point

Trails heading south from the western portion of Tioga Road lead to stunning views of the Yosemite Valley. They tend to be longer than trails climbing up from the Valley, but have less elevation gain. The trails that travel to the north of Tioga Road lead to lakes, ridges, peaks, and views.

Hetch Hetchy Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy

The immediate area around the reservoir is a no-camping zone, but hiking over six miles will lead to wonderful cascade waterfalls or peaceful lakes. Hetch Hetchy tends to be busiest in the spring and fall because of its low-elevation destinations and warm temperatures. In the summer, it can be very arid and hot.

Wawona and Glacier Point Road

At the southern end of the park, Wawona is a quiet, forested area with trails that lead to waterfalls, lakes, and stunning granite features. In late summer, trails become hot and dry.

Between Yosemite Valley and Wawona is the Glacier Point Road. Trails from this road head north towards the south rim of Yosemite Valley, south towards lakes and granite domes, or east toward the Clark Range.

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