Rockfall Closes Popular Trail in Yosemite National Park

Photo: National Park Service

A recent rockfall in Yosemite National Park has prompted the closure of a section of the iconic John Muir Trail (JMT). The incident, which occurred in mid-April, resulted in the deposition of hundreds of boulders and debris along a nearly 1,000-foot stretch of trail between Clark Point and the summit of Nevada Falls.

While the rockfall happened several weeks ago, park officials announced the closure just recently. The affected portion of the trail was already closed for winter and will remain off-limits for “at least several more weeks” as extensive repairs are needed. Geologists are currently assessing the area for potential further rockfalls.

Photo: National Park Service

The closure’s impact on the hiking season is yet to be determined. Fortunately, the closed section of trail is situated near the northern terminus of the JMT, Happy Isles. Most JMT section and thru-hikers typically hit the trail in July or August. Even if the closure extends into the summer months, hikers have alternative routes available. They can bypass the closed segment via the upper portion of the Mist Trail, which intersects the JMT at Clark Point and again near the top of Nevada Falls.

Yosemite National Park remains committed to ensuring the safety of visitors and hikers. Updates on the trail closure and repair progress will be provided as they become available. In the meantime, adventurers planning to hike the JMT or explore Yosemite’s breathtaking landscapes are advised to stay informed about trail conditions and closures.

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