Highlights: Summit two of Yosemite’s most iconic peaks over the course of three nights in the backcountry, while camping and exploring the park’s stunning alpine lakes! Start your journey camping at the shore of May Lake at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850’). Cool off in Yosemite’s largest lake (Tenaya) before hiking up to the Sunrise Lakes area where you will camp before tackling the Clouds Rest summit (9,926’). Leave the packs at camp for a light day hike to Clouds Rest on Day 4, where you’ll experience one of the best views of Yosemite Valley in the park! On the final day, retrace your steps for a downhill hike back to Tioga Road where you’ll be shuttled back to Yosemite Valley to end our trip. If you’re looking for a quintessential Yosemite high country experience, this adventure will not disappoint!
For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.
Day 1: Meet your guide in Curry Village at 4:00 PM. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. If time allows before dinner, walk to some of the Valley’s iconic destinations. Eat dinner at one of the park’s numerous restaurants. (Food in the front-country is not included.) Camp in the Yosemite Valley Backpacker’s Camp. Today’s mileage: 0.5~ mi / 0′
Day 2: After grabbing breakfast in Curry Village, relocate vehicles to the trailhead near Tenaya Lake. Catch your first glimpse of the high country while hiking 3.3 moderate miles up to May Lake (9,329′). After setting up camp along the lake’s shore, hike the four miles roundtrip to the top of Mount Hoffman (10,850′). Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park and was also John Muir’s favorite summit view. Also at this location: swimming, relaxing, and taking in an amazing sunset on the secret bluff which looks east across the Yosemite high country. Today’s Mileage: 6.3 mi / +2,500′, -1,500′; Camp Location: May Lake.
Day 3: Hike back down to Tioga Road and then up to Sunrise Lakes, stopping off for lunch and a dip in Tenaya Lake along the way. After the day’s biggest uphill hike, cool off in the cold alpine water before catching another spectacular sunset. Today’s mileage: 6 mi / +1,000′, -1,200′; Camp Location: Sunrise Lakes.
Day 4: After a hearty breakfast, leave the packs at camp for a light day hike approximately 3.5 miles to the summit of Clouds Rest at 9,926′. Enjoy lunch at the top while soaking in panoramic views of Yosemite’s wilderness. An easy mostly downhill hike takes us back to camp at Sunrise Lakes to end the day. Today’s Mileage: 7 mi / +800′, -800′; Camp Location: Sunrise Lake.
Day 5: Enjoy a leisurely wake-up time on the last morning, complimented by the final breakfast of the trip. After packing up camp, take in the views as you descend 3 miles down the Sunrise Trail back to Tenaya Lake, where you’ll be transported back to Yosemite Valley to end your trip. Generally, our goal is to finish between 2-4 PM but this can be later due to the human factors within the group. Today’s mileage: 3 mi / -3,300′
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.
NOTICE for 2022-2025: Due to the closure of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, the meeting location for this trip has been changed to Curry Village and staying within the Yosemite Valley Backpackers Campsite on night one. You will be required to relocate your vehicles to the trailhead along the Hwy120 through northern Yosemite on the morning of day two. Details/Map will be provided by the guide on day one. Expect a 45-60 minute drive.
Our trips include backpacks, sleeping bags & pads, tents, trekking poles, and eating gear at NO EXTRA COST; just indicate on your required forms. We also take care of group gear including water filtration, kitchen gear, and first aid kits. 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.
*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.
Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.
If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:
Lasting Adventures runs traditional backpacking trips. Traditional backpacking is done without the use of porters, stock, or other assistance. You will be expected to carry all of your own personal gear and a share of the group gear and food in a backpack for the duration of this trip. This weight will typically be between 30-50 pounds and in no case more than ⅓ of your body weight.
As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to conduct a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and over strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our web site are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty, and a regular physical exercise program is recommended prior to going on your adventure. A subjective guide to difficulty levels can be found here: Difficulty Levels.
Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.