September 13, 2011 – The National Park Service has completed the restoration of 75 miles of hiking trails. This is the largest project of its type ever attempted.
The goal was simply to improve the most popular trails in order to improve access but more importantly to protect the natural environment around them. 33 miles of the John Muir trail were were worked on including habitat restoration, rock stairs, drainage and stone walls. Additional improvements and repairs were made to the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail and to trail heads at a number of high-country trails.
Other improvements included better parking, improved signage and bridge repairs. The repairs cost $13.5 with most of the money coming from the Yosemite Conservancy.