4 Days

Mileage | Rating

15-18 Miles

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

Curry Village Parking
4 pm


All confirmed trips with Lasting Adventures include the required entry permit, but not the entry fee, for the duration of the trip. On youth summer camps the entry documents are valid for pick-up and drop-off only, but no entry fee is required. We are not able to add extra days; please visit recreation.gov for Yosemite Entrance Reservations outside of your trip dates.

May Lake to Snow Creek

Highlights: This family-friendly backpacking trip includes some of the most iconic Yosemite vistas, coupled with fun and relatively mellow hiking. Begin the trip in Yosemite’s high country camping at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850’) along the shore of May Lake. An ascent of Mount Hoffman is an option for those looking for extra mileage and scenery. From the high country you’ll descend into Yosemite Valley, camping directly across from the North Face of Half Dome nearly 2,750 feet above the Valley floor. The final descent takes you past the spectacular cascades of Snow Creek. This is the perfect Yosemite family backpacking trip!

Check Out the May Lake to Snow Creek Experience!


For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.

Day 1
Meet your guide in Curry Village at 4 pm. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. If time allows before dinner, explore some of the Valley’s hidden gems with your guide. Eat dinner at one the park’s numerous restaurants. (Food in the front-country is not included.) Camp at the Backpacker’s Camp in Yosemite Valley. Today’s Mileage: 0 mi / +0′, -0′

Day 2
Grab breakfast in Curry Village, then catch the morning shuttle to the trailhead near Tuolumne Meadows. Enjoy rugged wilderness vistas at Tenaya Lake (8,150′) before hiking up a total of 3.2 moderate miles to May Lake at 9,329′. After setting up camp along the shore of the alpine lake, opt for a four mile round-trip hike to the top of Mount Hoffman (10,850′). Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park and was John Muir’s favorite summit view. Today’s Mileage: 3.2 mi / +1,250′, -0′, with an optional additional 3 mi/1,650′ of elevation if hiking Mount Hoffman.

Day 3
Hike south and mainly downhill a total of 7.5 miles (as we cross back over Tioga Road/Hwy 120) to the top of Snow Creek Falls (6,720′). Here we will camp alongside a creek and directly across from the sheer face of Half Dome. This site provides for some amazing views of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. Today’s Mileage: 7.5 mi / +0′, -2,600′

Day 4
We will return to the Valley itself by hiking down the Snow Creek trail, which descends 2,600′ feet into the Valley below. Once on the Valley floor we will hike out besides Mirror Lake (at the base of Half Dome) for another 2 miles. Ending time is usually between 11 am and 1 pm back in Curry Village. Today’s Mileage: 4.8 mi / +0′, -2,750′

Other: The May Lake Yosemite trip combines high alpine lakes and scenery, a chance to summit a major peak in Yosemite, and views into the Yosemite Valley from the northeast rim of the valley.

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. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.

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


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.


Departure Dates from Curry Village:

    July Departure Dates  

  • Thu, Jul 29th - Sun, Aug 1st
    Sorry, Sold Out

    August Departure Dates  

  • Thu, Aug 12th - Sun, Aug 15th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Fri, Aug 27th - Mon, Aug 30th
    Hurry, only 2 spots remain
  • September Departure Dates  

  • Tue, Sep 14th - Fri, Sep 17th


    Departure Dates from Curry Village:

      June Departure Dates  

    • Thu, Jun 9th - Sun, Jun 12th
    • Fri, Jun 17th - Mon, Jun 20th
    • Tue, Jun 28th - Fri, Jul 1st
    • July Departure Dates  

    • Thu, Jul 7th - Sun, Jul 10th
    • Wed, Jul 13th - Sat, Jul 16th
    • Thu, Jul 28th - Sun, Jul 31st

      August Departure Dates  

    • Thu, Aug 11th - Sun, Aug 14th
    • Thu, Aug 25th - Sun, Aug 28th
    • September Departure Dates  

    • Wed, Sep 14th - Sat, Sep 17th

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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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