Can you imagine backpacking around the world...and right into Yosemite National Park?! Thousands of backpackers do this each and every year. Backpackers love the Yosemite hiking trails.
The Ansel Adams Wilderness covers 228,500 acres and the John Muir Wilderness covers 584,000 acres.
A Sierra Nevada Mountain range that has elevations ranges from 4,000 feet to 14,496 feet. If you are one to strap on a backpack...you have got to come to Yosemite National Park!
Your journey here will take you to hundreds of blue lakes, thousands of streams, numerous waterfalls, through thick forests, over sheer granite walls and into many alpine meadows.
Yosemite National Park has backpacking trails for beginners, as well as for the expert hiker. People who are backpacking around the world usually will make their way to the trails in the Yosemite mountains.
The John Muir Trail begins in Yosemite National Park (at Happy Isles leading up to Veral Falls) and crosses into the Donahue Pass and into the Ansel Adams Wilderness and then into Inyo National Forest. There are literally hundreds of marked hiking trails for backpackers to explore.
The highest peak in the lower 48 states is Mount Whitney.
Topping off at 14,505 feet and it is located in the John Muir
Wilderness. Located smack in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
that are a beautiful sight of rugged peaks and deep canyons.
All of the backpacking trails in Yosemite have a high possibility of having you meet up with a bear. So bear canisters are mandatory for all backpackers. Yosemite is rugged high country and home to lots of wildlife and mosquito's.
People who go backpacking around the world usually have on their bucket list to come and walk the John Muir Trail because it is the longest stretch of the Pacific Crest trail that has no towns or highway crossings. The Pacific Crest Trail goes from Canada To Mexico...and right threw Yosemite National Park. This trail is 2,650 miles of pure hiking. 216 of those miles goes threw these Sierra Mountains.
90% of the people who visit Yosemite National Park never get past the valley floor. And yet some of Yosemite's most beautiful places are its back country...only to be seen by those who backpack and hike the trails.
Summer And Winter Backpacking
Backpacking can be done year around here. But be prepared for deep snow if you decide to do winter backpacking. Arcteryx outerwear is a good option to protect you from the cold.
If you come in the winter, just strap on some snowshoes and enjoy the views in complete solitude. No matter what time of year you chose to come, you will have an unforgettable adventure on these trails.
National parks in general have a great variety of trails for those who like to go backpacking. The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National parks have long enticed backpackers from around the world to come and walk their trails.
Get A Back Country Permit
People who are backpacking
around the world come to Yosemite for the challenge of the trails and
because of the breathtaking scenery. Wilderness And back country permits
must be obtained before hitting the trails. These are free. The permits
are required if you are spending the night in the wilderness. You can
get permits in the Yosemite Valley's Visitor Center, Hill's Studio Porch, Big Oak Flat Information Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut, Badger Pass or call (209) 372-0740 or (209) 372-0310. And don't forget to bring a good GPS with you!
Yosemite's Backpacking Wilderness Video
Yosemite National Park Map
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