Backpack to Half Dome ~ Two-Nights via Clouds Rest with the Yosemite Conservancy

Join us for a Yosemite challenge unlike any other, along a classic Yosemite wilderness route. Enjoy this two-night adventure with an experienced naturalist guide, who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Thursday-evening get-together at Tuolumne Meadows Campground, where you’ll review the trail, safety tips and Leave No Trace ethics. On Friday morning, ascend to the summit of Clouds Rest, where you can bask in the magnificent 360-degree view. After you descend, continue down to the John Muir Trail junction, and camp for two nights near Sunrise Creek. On Saturday, take advantage of the option to climb Half Dome and marvel at the Valley from far above, or choose to spend your day exploring the area and relaxing at camp. Sunday, hike out the same trail back to the Tioga Road. For both the Clouds Rest and Half Dome climbs, you’ll leave your backpack safely on the trailside or at camp, and hike up with only a daypack, 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:  Jon-Paul Salonen

Included with your registration:

•Three full days of guided backpacking from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead near Tuolumne Meadows. Start at 8 am on Friday, August 16, through 4 pm or earlier on Sunday, August 18 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, August 15, at Tuolumne Campground).
•Park entry (as needed).
•Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, August 15 and August 18) at Tuolumne Campground.
•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. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

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

Hiking:  Strenuous. 27 miles round-trip (14.6 miles with full pack, 12.6 miles with day pack). Optional 9 mile Half Dome ascent.

Elevation Range:  7,800 feet (camp) - 10,000 feet (Clouds Rest).

Suggested backpacking list:  Click here

Register:  Click here

Starts: August 15, 2019

Occurs: Every day until August 18, 2019
Time: Advance Reservations Required

Admission: $389

Location: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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