Yosemite National Park is open. Reservations are no longer required to visit the park.  Wilderness permits are available online. The last day to apply for a permit is four days before a trip.
Tioga Road is closed for the winter season.
For more info:
Yosemite Park Info
Yosemite Wilderness Permit Info

After the KNP Complex Fire closed the area for safety reasons, Cedar Grove and Grant Grove have reopened to the public. These areas are open for day use and wilderness use only. Most of Sequoia National Park remains closed due to the KNP Complex Fire, including the Sequoia National Park Entrance at Three Rivers.
For more info:
SEKI Parks Info
SEKI Wilderness Permit Info

The Inyo National Forest has re-opened, with no closures in place. Reds Meadow Road is closed for the season.
For more info:
Inyo National Forest info
Inyo Permit Info

The Sierra National Forest has re-opened, with no closures in place.
Sierra National Forest Info
Sierra Permit Info

JMT Hiker Resources

Well-prepared hikers are the happiest and safest! Below are links to useful information for planning your John Muir Trail hike. Whether you want to know about snowpack conditions or get some helpful tips on preventing blisters, you will find it all below. If you would like to add any information, please contact us.

Leave No Trace

Anyone spending time in the backcountry needs to know the best practices for traveling through wilderness, faithfully “leaving no trace”. Take a few minutes to watch this video about how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. It was filmed along the John Muir Trail this summer by our 2020 JMT Intern team.

Leave No Trace

Planning your hike

Useful advice and resources from other JMT hikers.

Field Guide

A primer on the wildlife and plant life found along the JMT.
This field guide was put together by one of our 2020 JMT interns.


Help provide valuable information to share about hiking the JMT.
Register for the JMT Hiker Survey BEFORE you take your hike.
Promptly when you finish, log back on and fill in all the details of your hike.

Survey Reports