Backpack to Half Dome ~ Through-Hike via Clouds Rest with the Yosemite Conservancy

Join us for a Yosemite challenge unlike any other: Backpack to Half Dome via Clouds Rest during a two-night adventure with an experienced Yosemite naturalist.

The trip begins with a Thursday-evening get-together in Yosemite Valley, where you’ll review the route, safety tips and Leave No Trace ethics. On Friday morning, head up to Sunrise Lakes Trailhead via bus, and hike a few miles before setting up camp for the night. On Saturday, ascend to the summit of Clouds Rest, bask in the magnificent 360-degree view, then descend the other side and camp near a creek below. On Sunday, get an early start to climb Half Dome and marvel at the Valley from far above, or spend your day exploring the area and relaxing at camp. Descend to Yosemite Valley Sunday afternoon, where your cars will be waiting.

For both the Clouds Rest and Half Dome climbs, you’ll leave your backpack safely below and hike up with only a day pack, leaving you free to focus on the experience without extra weight on your shoulders! Throughout the weekend, your leader will share stories about the park’s fascinating history, wildlife, flora and geology, and you’ll have ample opportunities for fantastic photography.

Guide:  Pete Devine

Included with your registration:

•Three full days of guided backpacking from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead near Tuolumne Meadows. Start at 7:30 am on July 19 through around 4 pm on July 21 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, July 18, in Yosemite Valley at Upper Pines Campground).
•Park entry (as needed).
•Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, July 18 and July 21) in Yosemite Valley.
•Half Dome and Wilderness permits, and bear-canister rental.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites or bear-canister rental. There is no lodging option for this program other than the included campsites. There is no discount if you choose not to camp.

Experience Level:  Advanced.  Participants must have previous backpacking experience and be very physically fit.

Hiking:  Strenous.  22 mile through-hike, with optional Half Dome summit.

Elevation Range:  4,000 feet (Yosemite Valley) to 9,926 feet (Clouds Rest).

Suggested backpacking list:  Click here

Register:  Click here

Starts: July 18, 2019

Occurs: Every day until July 21, 2019
Time: Advance Reservations Required

Admission: $389

Location: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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