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Special trip: Join our February 20th-22nd, 2021 trip to try and see the Horsetail Falls Firefall!*
Go on an adventure that will set you apart! Experience Yosemite’s scenic snow-covered backcountry during one of the park’s most peaceful seasons. Begin your trip by camping in Yosemite Valley surrounded by iconic features like Half Dome, El Capitan, and the Merced River. Then, learn the basic techniques of snowshoeing while trekking out to the South Rim of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy the solitude that comes with wandering through meadows blanketed with snow and conifer forests filled with fresh animal tracks. Sleep in a four-season tent above 7,000’ near Dewey Point and soak in the spectacular night sky. Take a snowy detour to Crocker Point—a picturesque overlook 3,000’ above Yosemite Valley. If you want to experience a Yosemite that most visitors never see, this trip is your perfect opportunity. Best of all, it’s an adventure that only needs a weekend!
*Viewing of the Horsetail Falls Firefall is dependent on weather and recent rainfall, among other factors. All efforts will be made to see the Firefall, but a sighting is not guaranteed.
Meeting Location: Curry Village Store
High Point: Various Valley Locations
Day One: On the first day you will meet your guide in the general area behind Bus Stop 14 at Curry Village within Yosemite Valley. From there you will walk over to Upper Pines Campground where you will get acquainted with the group, gear and trip logistics. Your guide will provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge for a successful backcountry trip. Once camp is set up, you are free to explore short Yosemite Valley hikes per the recommendation of the guide and/or dine at one of Yosemite Valley’s food establishments.
Day Two: After a quick breakfast in Curry Village you will catch the morning shuttle bus to the trailhead off the Glacier Point Road. From here you’ll begin the trek to Dewey Point and the South Rim of Yosemite Valley through beautiful conifer forests and snow-covered fields of granite. The relatively flat four-mile snowshoe hike to Dewey Point at 7,200’ will culminate in sweeping vistas of El Capitan, Half Dome, and many of the High Sierra peaks. After setting up camp and getting warm and dry, you’ll be able to relax while your guide prepares a hot dinner. Before going to bed, remember to look up at the night sky to experience Yosemite’s stars from high above the Valley floor.
Day Three: Wake up with the sun and enjoy a hearty breakfast before packing up camp. Weather depending, snowshoe an additional mile out to Crocker Point at 7,100’ for another stunning view of the Merced River snaking through the Valley beneath you. From there, hike back to the trailhead on the Glacier Point Road and catch the afternoon shuttle bus back down to Curry Village.
*Note on Inclement Weather*
Mountain weather in the winter months can be notoriously bad, particularly at higher elevations. If the weather is forecasted to be especially inclement during your trip (i.e. freezing rain, high winds, etc.), you will likely basecamp at the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley and set out on day excursions from there. Your guide will ensure that your experience meets your expectations and is as close to the original itinerary as possible.
“Awesome winter experience in Yosemite”
“The best way to see Yosemite Valley in the winter!”
“They were personable, friendly and very knowledgeable about the park, our hike and the flora and fauna.”