Backpack to Half Dome ~ Two-Night Summit Challenge with the Yosemite Conservancy

Whether you are looking to tackle Half Dome for the first time, or you want the thrill of standing on the summit with new friends, this is an unforgettable experience that is sure to top your list of things to do in Yosemite! Enjoy a two-night backpacking adventure with an experienced naturalist, who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Thursday-evening get-together in Yosemite Valley, followed by a Friday-morning backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, where you will camp for two nights at a comfortable site that includes bear-proof food lockers and restrooms. On Saturday, leave your backpack at camp, and hike to the Half Dome cables carrying only a daypack. Make your ascent, savoring your time at the summit before the heat, crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. On Sunday morning, pack up camp, and enjoy a leisurely hike down the John Muir Trail, returning to Yosemite Valley in time to enjoy a well-deserved cold beverage, as you recount your amazing adventure with a group of new friends.

Guide:  Jon-Paul Salonen

Included with your registration:

•Three full days of guided backpacking from Yosemite Valley. Start at 8 am on August 2, through 4 pm or earlier on August 4 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, August 1, at Upper Pines Campground).
•Park entry (as needed).
•Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, Thursday, August 1, and Sunday, August 4) at Upper Pines Campground.
•Half Dome and Wilderness permits.

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 Half Dome Village 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:  Very strenuous. 17 miles round-trip, including the exposed cable route and 9 miles with full backpack.

Elevation Range:  4,000 feet to 8,800 feet.

Suggested backpacking list:  Click here

Register:  Click here

Starts: August 01, 2019

Occurs: Every day until August 04, 2019
Time: Advance Reservations Required

Admission: $329

Location: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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