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Did you know that one of the most dangerous parts of rock climbing is actually accessing the rock face itself? That’s right – the access trails to some of Yosemite’s greatest climbing routes are falling apart.

In Yosemite, the park service has not historically established official access trails, and climbers have been creating their own routes for years. After decades of intense use, this informal network of trails has become severely eroded, no surprise considering nearly 150,000 climbers visit Yosemite every year.

The Yosemite Conservancy’s Climber-Access Trail Restoration program is now in its fifth year. They’ve id’d priority sites and rehabilitated a number of trails throughout the park. By the end of this fall, they hope to complete the restoration of the access routes in the Tuolomne Meadows area, but they need help.

How can you help?

Volunteer – every hand, every shovel makes a difference in our park. Visit to sign up.

Donate – this Yosemite trail restoration program needs money – $80,000 in fact. Join us in supporting the Yosemite Conservancy here.

Join the Yosemite Conservancy’s trail restoration efforts throughout the park

You’re not a climber? Well these trails aren’t restricted to climbers. In fact, these great hiking trails lead to some of the most incredible parts of the park. For every trail that the Yosemite Conservancy improves, that’s one less place for the National Parks Service to worry about. This program benefits all of us.

This year, the program will target the Middle Cathedral-East Buttress approach in Yosemite Valley and in bouldering areas in Tuolumne Meadows. The result will be a sustainable system of trails that provides visitors safe routes to climbing areas while protecting natural and cultural resources for future generations.

We hope you join us in supporting the Yosemite Conservancy’s Climber-Access Trail Restoration Program.


The Yosemite Conservancy is Royal Robbins®’s primary non-profit partner. Our founders, Liz and Royal Robbins, are former Board Members and current Council Members of the Conservancy. Yosemite is our birthplace and our heritage – its iconic granite walls inspired Royal and Liz to build outdoor clothing at a time when the industry didn’t even exist. We are proud to continue to support this national treasure.

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. Work funded by the Conservancy is visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is also dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering, wilderness services and its bookstores. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided $92 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at or call 1-800-469-7275.