Length

6 Days

Mileage | Rating

25-35 Miles
Moderate-Strenuous

Cost

$1550

Meeting Location

Tuolumne Meadows
12 pm

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Yosemite National Park Entry Reservations are no longer needed starting October 1st, 2021. All of our trips beginnnig before October 1st, 2021, will include the required entry permit, but not the entry fee, to Yosemite.

YOSEMITE SUMMER CAMP: 6-DAY HIGH COUNTRY ADVENTURE

Highlights: Our 6-Day Yosemite, California Summer Camp, also known as our High Country Adventure, is designed for participants ages 13-18 who are both new or experienced backpackers. Most trips travel from the Yosemite high country in Tuolumne Meadows to the Yosemite Valley. This Yosemite adventure includes camping and hiking beside high alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and meadows. Most trips have an opportunity to summit a major peak and/or partake in some incredible sunsets among spectacular geological formations. Risk-taking and challenges, complimented by fun and support from others, leads to a positive youth backpacking experience and adventure for all.

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Sample Itinerary

This is a Sample Itinerary only.

Day 1: Meet your Guides/Counselors between 12-1 pm. Get acquainted with the group and with gear, then have a group orientation and pack out. Hike 5.5 flat miles into Lyell Canyon and locate a campsite along the Tuolumne River. Evening games followed by campfire to strengthen bonds while goal setting and an introduction to the Yosemite wilderness and history through storytelling.

Day 2: After morning circle time (stretches, map review, goal setting, etc.) we will embark on one of our more strenuous days of uphill as we travel from 8900′ on the Tuolumne River to 10,130′ at the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Although a strenuous day, our trail breaks today reward us with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra vistas as we relax besides mountain creeks, wildflowers, and high alpine lakes. After traveling a total of 6.3 miles we will set-up camp in the Backpackers near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Participants will enjoy the rewards at this ever-popular location within the Yosemite backcountry.

Day 3: The trail now meanders downhill 2.2 miles alongside Fletcher Creek before crossing the creek in a spectacular meadow where we will break for some group games. Another 2.3 miles and one more creek crossing will get us to Babcock Lake at 8885′. Babcock Lake sits between 2 granite walls and offers a chance for fishing, swading, exploring. Afternoon activities followed by fresh fish tacos if we are lucky!

Day 4: Today we will get an early start for a long day on the trail. We will begin by continuing our gradual descent through the Yosemite backcountry as we drop to Merced Lake at 7212′. Along the way there will be more spectacular views and after traveling approximately 4-miles we will take a lunch and a water break at the creek junction with Merced Lake. After lunch we will travel another 4.6 mainly flat and gradual downhill miles along the Merced River to a spot at Twin Bridges. Participants are rewarded with swading in a beautiful pool of water after this long trail day totaling near 9-miles.

Day 5: Today we will hike approximately 4 miles to Little Yosemite Valley at 6,140′, where we will establish camp. The afternoon will be spent swading in the river and enjoying the great outdoors.

Day 6: On our final day we will descend to the Yosemite Valley at 4,000′ via the famous Mist trail and passing directly by both Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall for a total of 4-miles. We will then head to the Curry Village parking lot to unpack, and celebrate in a pizza lunch.

Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary only. No trips in 2021 will have Half Dome.

Other: On all of our Yosemite summer camps, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise to each other, stretch, review maps and day itineraries, and set individual and group goals for the day. Also, whether breaking on the trail or in the afternoon or evening in the campsite, our Guides also facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. As with all our Yosemite summer camp programs, additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave No Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of our trip.

Drop-off/pick-up time & location: Our Sunday through Friday program begins at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center at 12 pm on Sundays and ends at the Curry Village large parking lot by Bus Stop #14 at 12pm on Friday. Late arrivals can usually be coordinated but please let us know if you will be arriving after 1pm, as this may affect the group’s itinerary.

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Cancellation Policy

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. 

Important Notice

Recreational Summer Camp

Lasting Adventures only operates non-therapeutic, recreational summer camp programs. Lasting Adventures does not employ professional therapists or mental health counselors, and our outdoor educators are not trained in any form of therapy or drug rehabilitation. 

It is important that all participants considering a trip with Lasting Adventures are comfortable with and have experience being away from home/parents for the duration of the trip; have some level of regular physical fitness; and have a personal desire to be on the trip. Although nearly all our participants are ready for a backpacking trip, should a participant not be prepared (either mentally, emotionally, or physically), they may be removed from the trip at any time. No refunds will be given in these cases and an extraction fee may be charged.

Please make sure your child is ready for their adventure by:

  • preparing them physically (training hikes if not already involved in regular activities)
  • emotionally (giving them experience being away from home in a less-committed setting)
  • and mentally (making sure they have buy-in and want to be on the trip)

Dietary Constraints

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.

 

 

2022 DATES BY MONTH

Sunday-Friday Departure Dates from Tuolumne Meadows:

    June Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jun 5th - Fri, Jun 10th
  • Sun, Jun 12th - Fri, Jun 17th
  • Sun, Jun 19th - Fri, Jun 24th
  • Sun, Jun 26th - Fri, Jul 1st
  • July Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jul 3rd - Fri, Jul 8th
  • Sun, Jul 10th - Fri, Jul 15th

    July Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jul 17th - Fri, Jul 22nd
  • Sun, Jul 24th - Fri, Jul 29th
  • Sun, Jul 31st - Fri, Aug 5th
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Aug 7th - Fri, Aug 12th
  • Sun, Aug 14th - Fri, Aug 19th

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*All dates above have spaces available unless otherwise indicated.

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