Improve John Muir Trail & Habitat in Lyell Canyon - 2014

Improve John Muir Trail & Habitat in Lyell Canyon - 2014

Yosemite work crews improve the John Muir Trail and meadow habitat in Lyell Canyon.

The popular John Muir Trail runs along the Tuolumne River corridor in Lyell Canyon and is one of Yosemite’s summer wilderness highlights. A variety of users access this trail, including backpackers, day hikers and stock animals.

Over time, numerous parallel trails have become deeply rutted, as hikers and stock animals attempt to avoid the mud in the damp meadow and wetland habitat. These ruts alter natural hydrology, which affects the park’s amphibian habitat and changes plant distribution. With your support in 2014, crews continued to build on previous years’ successful restoration work to remove trail ruts, restore meadow habitat and reroute sections of the trail out of sensitive wetlands to drier, more resilient areas that are easier for visitors to access.

Thanks to your help, vital habitats are being restored, and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy views of healthy, functioning wetland ecosystems on an improved trail system.

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Project Notes

Yosemite’s trail system is an amazing gift that has been passed down from previous generations. It allows easy access to visitors and includes incredible dry-stone masonry built in the most spectacular scenery.

Dave Kari
Trails Supervisor
Yosemite National Park