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Yosemite National Park Backpacking Trip

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Activity
Backpacking
Destination
CaliforniaYosemite National Park
Tour Length
4 days, 3 nights
Accomodations
Backcountry Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate to Advanced

Join us on a 3-night Yosemite National Park backpacking trip and experience the rugged wilderness of Yosemite with the expert guides from AOA, who will take the time to introduce you to and help improve upon fundamental backpacking skills. These are the words John Muir chose to describe the hallowed vales of Yosemite National Park:

It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.

The only way to fully appreciate the beauty of Yosemite National Park as John Muir did is to hike deep in the backcountry.

This trip is typically offered between early June and mid July. Backcountry permits for Yosemite National Park become available 24 weeks in advance of the hiking start date. We will post 2019 trip dates as we acquire the permits, typically between mid December and early February.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Meals starting dinner on Day 1 through lunch Day 4
  • Trail snacks
  • Kitchen and group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage where needed, dish washing necessities)
  • Personal mess kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Bear can – 1 per guest
  • Ticket to Yosemite Theater live film or performance
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guides

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Backcountry camping permits in Yosemite National Park

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation to and from Yosemite/meetup location
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast and lunch Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 1-person backpacking tent ($35 per)
  • 2-person backpacking tent ($45 per)
  • 55 to 65 liter backpack with removable daypack option fitted to individual ($40 per)
  • Sleeping bag ($35 per)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 845 pp 845 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 10 pp* 10 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 895 pp 895 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 10 pp* 10 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Dates

This trip is typically offered between early June and mid July. Backcountry permits for Yosemite National Park become available 24 weeks in advance of the hiking start date.

We will post 2019 trip dates as we acquire the permits, typically between mid December and early February.

Hikers climb rocky trail on Yosemite backpacking trip

Meet your Yosemite backpacking guide at North Pines Backpacker’s Campground in Yosemite National Park at 3:00pm for a trip orientation. North Pines Backpacker’s Campground is behind the North Pines Campground and across the footbridge. Your guide will begin with introductions and a brief orientation where all gear will be distributed and everyone will help to set up camp for the night. This time will be used to get acquainted with each other, the equipment, and your incredible surroundings. After getting settled in and eating dinner we will head into the Valley for a local activity to help get to know the area, this may include watching climbers on the famed walls of El Capitan, checking out the Ansel Adams Gallery, or even attending a film or performance at Yosemite Theater. Afterward, we will head back to camp to hit the sack in preparation for an early start!

Hiking

1-2 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included

Lodging

Camping at North Pines Backpacker’s campground

Hikers climb rocky trail on Yosemite backpacking trip
Hiker crosses stream on Yosemite National Park backpacking trip

After a hearty breakfast we get our gear and packs squared away then caravan (in your own own vehicle) to the Yosemite Creek Trailhead where our day will really begin. Today’s Yosemite hike leads us through a forest of Western White and Jeffrey Pines and alongside the sparkling Yosemite Creek. Our campsite will be nestled alongside Bluejay creek. This will be your home for the next two nights. The evening will be spent exploring around camp, relaxing with your fellow travelers, and no doubt hearing some interesting geologic and historical facts (or even a few tall tales) from your guide.

Hiking

6-8 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

Hiker crosses stream on Yosemite National Park backpacking trip
Overlook view of Yosemite Half Dome

Today we’ll lighten our backpacks and spend the day exploring more of Yosemite’s trails and backcountry. After breakfast we head out to summit Eagle Peak where we are rewarded with panoramic views of Yosemite and the Sierra, including Half Dome and Clouds Rest. If we still have time after Eagle’s Peak we can head over to Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world! Tonight we enjoy our final night in the backcountry together and get ready to start our journey back to the real world tomorrow.

Hiking

6-8 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

Overlook view of Yosemite Half Dome
Backpacking tour group overlooks Yosemite National Park

After a delicious breakfast (made all the better by the wilderness surrounds), we break camp and retrace our steps along Yosemite Creek all the way back to the trailhead where we began our backcountry adventure. Here we say goodbye to our new friends and to Yosemite, until next time. Expect to arrive at your vehicle between 3:00 and 5:00pm where your Yosemite tour will conclude.

Hiking

5-7 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Backpacking tour group overlooks Yosemite National Park

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell service & Electricity: While backpacking in Yosemite, you will not have cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Bathrooms/Showers: During this trip we will not have access to showers or bathrooms. We will practice Leave No Trace principles for managing waste in the backcountry.

Hiking

This backpacking trip requires that you carry all you need and a portion of the group gear on your back during the hikes on days 2 and 4. Expect to carry about 35-50lbs in your backpack while hiking over uneven terrain.

 

Bear Safety

Bears in Yosemite have become accustomed to visitors and know that hikers carry food. Because of this, all park visitors must take mandatory precautions to lock up all “smellable” items from hand lotion to snacks in bear-proof cans. This keeps the bears and the visitors safe. It can be a challenge, but our guides will help you make sure your gear and campsite is bearproof.

Trip Ratings

Challenge 4 | Comfort 1 | Solitude 2.5 | Participation 3