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Overnight Under the Milky Way with the Yosemite Conservancy

Spend a night under Yosemite’s dazzling starry skies during an easy backpacking trip from Glacier Point Road.

On this easy guided trip, a great option for first-time backpackers, you’ll get to experience a wilderness treasure: Yosemite’s night skies.  

After you meet your trip leader and fellow adventurers, you’ll hike a mile or two from Ostrander Trailhead on Glacier Point Road before settling in at your campsite for the night: a specially selected spot with open skies, at an elevation low enough to sleep outside under the stars. As night falls, your naturalist guide will point out constellations dotting the dark sky, and you’ll get to enjoy the magical sights of the Milky Way, planets, meteors and more — all from the comfort of your sleeping bag.  Pack your sleeping gear, a tent (just in case!) and simple meals (such as premade sandwiches), and prepare to be dazzled by what you can see on a night out in the mountains. 

Guide:  Pete Devine

Included with your registration:

  • One-night backpacking adventure (leave at 4 pm on Friday July 17 and return around 10 am on Saturday, July 18).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Bear-canister rental and Yosemite Wilderness permit.
  • One night of tent camping after the trip at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, if needed (Saturday, July 18).
  • Note: Our limited camping sites are for participants only. The sites are shared. Tents only. We cannot adjust the dates.
  • Option to upgrade accommodations to Curry Village for an additional fee (for Saturday, July 18).
  • Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites, wilderness permits or bear-canister rental. There are no accommodations arranged other than camping for this program. 

Experience Level:  Easy, participants must be physically fit.

Hiking:  Easy.  3 miles round-trip hike. 

Elevation:  7,000 feet

Suggested Day Evening Program  pack list:  Click here

Register:  Click here

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Starts: July 17, 2020

Time: Advance Reservations Required

Admission: $129

Location: Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Phone: (209) 379-2317 or (415) 434-1782

Email: info@yosemiteconservancy.org

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