Yosemite National Park, CA

Little Yosemite Valley Wilderness Permits

Half Dome and Nevada Fall

Little Yosemite Valley - Trip Resources

Books and Maps

Kathy Morey and Mike White's Sierra Northhas long been the best resource for backpacking in Yosemite and surrounding areas. Tom Harrison's Yosemite High Country Map covers all the important trails in Yosemite.


Alternate Trail

An alternate trail to Little Yosemite Valley begins at Glacier Point. Six slots can be reserved and 4 more are first-come, first-served. The 6.5-mile Panorama Trail descends to Illiloutte Creek, climbs to Panorama Point, and descends again to the top of Nevada Fall. See Yosemite NP website: Trail Descriptions - Yosemite Valley

Wilderness Permits

A wilderness permit is required for each party staying overnight at Little Yosemite Valley. Reservations can be made up to 24 weeks in advance. Backpackers may fax ((209) 372-0739), phone, or mail in their permit request. Faxes and letters are processed before phone calls. If you choose to phone in your reservation, call (209) 372-0740, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

A maximum quota of 18 overnight backpackers are admitted to Little Yosemite Valley from Happy Isles each day on reserved permits. If any of those 18 slots are not reserved, a permit for those available slots, along with 12 first-come, first-served slots, can be obtained beginning at 11 AM the day before your hike.

Reservations require a $5 processing fee and a $5 fee per person.   Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permits

If you want to climb Half Dome, request a Half Dome Permit as part of your wilderness permit. Fifty Half Dome permits may be reserved by backpackers each day and another 25 are available first-come, first-served.   For more information, see Half Dome Permits for Backpackers

Reserved permits may be picked up the day before your hike or the day of your hike (by 10 AM) at a Wilderness Center in Yosemite Valley (near the post office). Office hours change, so check Yosemite Current Conditions for the hours.

Wilderness Regulations

Campfires are permitted at the designated campfire circles in Little Yosemite Valley.
Bear canisters are required in Yosemite National Park.
No pets are allowed in the Yosemite wilderness.

More about Wilderness Permit Reservations

Wilderness permits are available from 3 days up to 168 days in advance of departure date when the permit office is open (mid-November through October). Faxed permit requests may be sent in 169 days before your departure date. Faxed permit requests are placed in a lottery at 7:30 AM Pacific time on the day faxes are processed (168 days before departure). An email with your lottery results should be sent out within 24 hours of the processing date. Find the first day you may fax in your request by using Yosemite's chart: Wilderness Permits Reservation Windows.

Do not submit more than one application per request or group each day. Such applications will be disqualified.

Yosemite Wilderness Permits - General Information

A wilderness permit is required for each party camping overnight in the Yosemite wilderness. The maximum number of people per party is 15 (8 if hiking cross country), but some trailhead quotas are less than that. There is a daily quota of overnight hikers permitted to enter at each trailhead. No permit is required for day hikers. Sixty percent of the daily quota of hiker slots may be reserved ahead of time, the other 40 percent are kept as first-come, first-served beginning at 11:00 AM the day before your hike.

Reserved permits may be picked up at a wilderness office during business hours the day before your trip. Permits must be picked up by 10:00 AM on the day of your trip. If you will be arriving later than 10:00 AM, call (209) 372-0308.