Highlights: Summit two amazing “Yosemite –iconic” peaks over 2 nights in the backcountry. This backpacking excursion allows you to hike Half Dome and Clouds rest in the same trip. The trip begins in the Yosemite high country besides Tenaya Lake. Camping beside one of the Sunrise Lakes, Summit of Clouds Rest (9,926’), summit of Half Dome (8,836’), and returning to the Valley beside both Vernal and Nevada Falls on the Mist Trail. Great views into the Yosemite high country and into the Yosemite valley from high points above.
Meet your guide in the afternoon. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. Valley highlights (food in the front-country not included.) Camp in Yosemite Valley Backpackers camp.
After taking the 8am morning shuttle (approx. 1.5 hours) to Tenaya Lake near Tuolumne Meadows which is northeast of the Yosemite Valley. Hike up to the Sunrise Lakes. Great views, great swimming, fishing, and relaxation. Approximately a 3 mile hike and 1,100’ elevation gain.)
Hike approximately 3.5 miles to the summit of Clouds Rest at 9,926’. Great views of all of Yosemite! Lunch on top. Hike down 5 miles to Sunrise Creek for camping.
Wake early and hike .5 miles and drop packs before hiking 2 more miles to top of Half Dome at 8,836’. Take in the views and descend the 2-miles back to packs. Hike out another 5.5 miles and down the Mist Trail which descends besides two major waterfalls to Yosemite Valley proper. Our goal would be to be finished between 2-3pm.
Other: Going this route there are options. For example; there is a trail that goes around the summit of Clouds Rest should anyone not want to summit. To Hike Half Dome in itself can be an option too.
Required shuttle costs are included in the above costs. We also include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. Lastly, all profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. In this regard, the summit of Half Dome (or any other peak) will not be attempted when clouds are in close proximity.
2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE: Our snowpack this winter is at 180% and growing. We anticipate a late opening for the Yosemite High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Any trips through mid-late June can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.
*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.