Young Lakes, Yosemite National Park, CA

Young Lakes Wilderness Permits

Yosemite National Park

Lower Young Lake

Young Lakes - Trip Resources

Books and Maps

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


Yosemite Pack and Saddle

Yosemite Pack and Saddle maintains a pack station near the Young Lakes trailhead. Campers can arrange to have their gear packed in to their camp while they travel by foot or join the packer/guide and ride into camp on horses.
Yosemite Pack and Saddle

Wilderness Permits

A wilderness permit is required for each party staying overnight at Young Lakes. 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.

For Young Lakes, 12 overnight hikers may enter via reserved permits for the Dog Lake Trail to Young Lakes and another 6 for the Glen Aulin Trail. Beginning at 11:00 AM the day before your hike, 8 permits for the Dog Lake Trail and 4 for the Glen Aulin become available to pick up first-come, first served at the Wilderness Center in Tuolumne Meadows.

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

Permits may be picked up the day before your hike or the day of your hike (by 10:00 AM) at a Wilderness Center in Yosemite Valley (near the post office), Tuolumne Meadows (1 mile east of the visitor center on the main road), or at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station. Office hours change, so check Yosemite Current Conditions for the hours.

Wilderness Regulations

Campfires are prohibited at Young Lakes.
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.