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Red Peak Pass Loop with SYMG

The Red Peak Pass Loop is a 52-mile route through the heart of Yosemite. It spends equal time the most remote and also most iconic regions of the park. Highlights include the rugged Red Peak Pass, hiking alongside the cascading "Wild and Scenic" Merced River, and a lakeside camp beneath the ice fields of the stunning Ottoway Lakes Basin. Expect challenging days, incredible scenery, and memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Explore the heart of Yosemite Wilderness
  • Hike Red Peak Pass (11,078 ft), the highest point on trail in Yosemite Wilderness
  • Enjoy Ottoway Lakes and the Headwaters of the Merced River

Accommodations: 

  • 1st night's lodging at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park
  • 5 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)

Transportation:

  • Day 2 shuttle to starting trailhead from Yosemite Valley

Gear:

  • All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.
  • Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents

Food:

  • Starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks hot tea or coffee served each morning

See website for full 5 day Itinerary and booking.

Travel & Logistics:  Your trip begins and ends at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, CA. Plan to arrive before 6pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. We recommend driving to Curry Village, although public transportation is also an option (see notes about public transportation below). We'll return to Yosemite Valley by 1pm on the last day of your trip.

Training & Preparation:  To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a rigorous training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:

  • Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
  • Core and leg strength (don't forget those abs and quads)!
  • Day hikes or short overnight trips with a weighted pack (30-35lbs) to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backpacking
  • Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
  • Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible

Prior Experience:  We strongly encourage having recent backpacking experience or practice before embarking on this trip. The most successful people on these trips have completed a previous backpacking trip carrying a fully weighted pack (30-35 lbs) for 3-5 days. If you do not have this experience, we recommend having a comparable level of fitness and committing to a detailed training plan. You could also consider joining us on a "shake-out" trip prior to the Red Peak Pass Loop.

Permits:  This trip (and all trips departing from Yosemite trailheads) are not guaranteed until 24 weeks in advance when the permits become available to reserve. We strongly recommend waiting to book flights and other reservations until it is confirmed. Our office will notify you immediately of any updates. 

Public Transportation to Yosemite:  If you prefer not to drive to Yosemite Valley, public transportation is available for this trip. Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YARTS) is the sole provider for the surrounding Yosemite area. We recommend reserving a ticket online ahead of time. Please make sure that you choose a time from your location that will have you arriving in Curry Village, Yosemite Valley by the latest 6 pm for your trip orientation (we recommend arriving around 4 pm to check in to your tent cabin first). Note that at the end of your trip, you will be back to Curry Village and done with lunch around 1 pm, so plan departure times accordingly.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal Clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Yosemite Valley
  • Recommended 10$-20% gratuity for guides
  • Trip Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Airfare
  • Voluntary or involuntary evacuations
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Starts: August 10, 2020

Occurs: Every day until August 16, 2020
Time: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Yosemite National Park
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Phone: (800) 231-4575 or (559) 642-2817

Email: info@symg.com

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