Length

5 Days

Mileage | Rating

34 Miles
Strenuous

Map and Elevation

Cost

$1290

Meeting Location | Time

Curry Village Parking
4 pm

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Three Summits (Mt. Hoffman, Clouds Rest & Half Dome)

Highlights: Summit three of Yosemite’s most iconic peaks over the course of three nights in the backcountry. Experience some of the park’s rugged wilderness along the way. Camp at the shore of May Lake at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850’). Visit Yosemite’s largest lake (Tenaya) before hiking up to the Sunrise Lakes area where you will camp before tackling Clouds Rest (9,926’). Your adventure will culminate with the summit of Half Dome (8,836’) before returning to Yosemite Valley on the Mist Trail passing two spectacular waterfalls. This trip’s strenuous itinerary is well worth it! If you’re looking for an authentic Yosemite experience, this is the adventure for you!

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Itinerary

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.

Day 2: After grabbing breakfast in Curry Village, take the morning shuttle 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. 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 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. From the summit, hike down 5 miles to Sunrise Creek for the final night of camping. Today’s Mileage: 7.3 mi / +800′, -2,800′; Camp Location: Sunrise Creek/John Muir Trail Junction.

Day 5: Wake early and hike 2.5 miles to top of Half Dome at 8,836′ (carrying only lightweight daypacks). Take in the views and descend the 2.5 miles back to camp before hiking out another 5.5 miles to Yosemite Valley via the Mist Trail. En route, experience two of the park’s most spectacular waterfalls. 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: 10 mi /, +1,900′, -5,000′

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. 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, trekking poles, 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.

*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.

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Cancellation Policy/Traditional Backpacking

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.

  • There will be no cost for cancellations of multi-day trips made at least 30 days in advance. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee.)
  • Between 30 days and 7 days from the date and time of departure, if you choose to cancel your multi-day adventure for any reason, we can offer a transferable lifetime credit of the value paid.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 

 

Traditional Backpacking

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.

2021 DATES BY MONTH

Departure Dates from Curry Village:

    June Departure Dates  

  • Wed, Jun 9th - Sun, Jun 13th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Sat, Jun 12th - Wed, Jun 16th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Sun, Jun 20th - Thu, Jun 24th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Fri, Jun 25th - Tue, Jun 29th
    Sorry, Sold Out

    July Departure Dates  

  • Thu, Jul 1st - Mon, Jul 5th
    Hurry, only one spot remains
  • Thu, Jul 15th - Mon, Jul 19th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Mon, Jul 26th - Fri, Jul 30th
    Hurry, only 2 spots remain
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Tue, Aug 3rd - Sat, Aug 7th
  • Sun, Aug 8th - Thu, Aug 12th
    Hurry, only 3 spots remain
  • Wed, Aug 18th - Sun, Aug 22nd
  • Wed, Aug 25th - Sun, Aug 29th

    September Departure Dates  

  • Thu, Sep 2nd - Mon, Sep 6th
    Hurry, only 3 spots remain
  • Sat, Sep 11th - Wed, Sep 15th
    Hurry, only 2 spots remain
  • Thu, Sep 23rd - Mon, Sep 27th
  • Thu, Sep 30th - Mon, Oct 4th
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain

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*Permitting for the above trips is done 24 weeks in advance of the dates listed above. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until permits are confirmed. Having Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

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