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Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass

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avatar Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 29, 2015 12:26PM
Over the last several years, Yosemite National Park has noted a significant increase in demand for permits to hike the John Muir Trail (JMT). From 2011 to now, there has been a 100% increase in JMT permits requested. The trail’s rising popularity has strained the traditional methods that hikers use and access the JMT. The increased number of JMT hikers has made it difficult for non-JMT hikers to obtain wilderness permits for other trails within Yosemite National Park. Also during this same time, the NPS has noted an increase in the number of resource related impacts within the Sunrise Creek and Lyell Canyon. Finally, some wilderness camps along the trail in Yosemite have seen a sharp increase in overnight users, which negatively impacts the quality of the visitor experience.

To protect access for other hikers and preserve the quality of the JMT experience, Yosemite National Park will implement an exit quota on an interim basis. The exit quota will help the park to address access and resource concerns until a comprehensive approach can be developed through the Wilderness Stewardship Planning process. The interim quota will limit the number of hikers exiting the Yosemite Wilderness over Donohue Pass to 45 per day. The exit quota applies to all wilderness permits reserved or issued after February 2, 2015.

Traditional wilderness trailhead quotas are not being reduced. The interim solution will help to restore traditional wilderness use patterns, balance access for JMT hikers with non-JMT hikers in the Yosemite Wilderness, and reduce physical and social impacts. Additionally, the interim quota will allow Yosemite National Park to collect visitor use and impact data along the JMT. Yosemite National Park anticipates launching a planning process to develop an updated wilderness management plan this spring and invite all to participate.

For more information about the new exit quota and the rationale behind it visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/jmtfaq.htm
Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 29, 2015 04:21PM
Thanks for posting. I looked at the link and it looks like the number of JMT hikers took a big jump in 2012 and has continued since. Wonder why.
Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 29, 2015 06:02PM
Many reasons, but these stand out:
Sheryl Strayed book Wild was published in 2012.
The documentary Mile, Mile and a Half released in 2013.
JMT Facebook page, which to date has 11,000 members, really took off in 2014.
The film Wild starring Reese Witherspoon is now playing in theaters.
Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 29, 2015 06:39PM
Interesting. Didn't know "they" had a FB page. Who is "they" anyway....who operates the JMT FB page ?
avatar Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 30, 2015 02:37PM
I am not sure who runs the FB page.
There is also a very helpful Yahoo User's group. John Ladd runs that one. He also contributes to the FB page.
Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 30, 2015 08:04PM
The Yahoo JMT Moderators are listed on this page. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/johnmuirtrail/info

I am the lead moderator (since 2011). John Ladd was former lead moderator. He is now co-moderator.

The Facebook JMT administrators are Lucy Hazel Fitz Gibbon and Jack Haskel (of the PCTA).
Re: Exit quota for Donahue Pass
January 31, 2015 03:30PM
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marti124
The Yahoo JMT Moderators are listed on this page. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/johnmuirtrail/info

I am the lead moderator (since 2011). John Ladd was former lead moderator. He is now co-moderator.

The Facebook JMT administrators are Lucy Hazel Fitz Gibbon and Jack Haskel (of the PCTA).

Thanks
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