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.
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: Day 5 will also begin early as we have Half Dome on the itinerary this afternoon. We will hike approximately 4 miles to Little Yosemite Valley at 6,140′, where we will establish camp. We will also take a break and eat lunch by the river as we prepare for Half Dome. Half Dome is a 7-mile roundtrip hike from Little Yosemite Valley that we will complete with only our smaller day and fanny packs. A sunset on the summit of Half Dome is common as we descend the cables and Sub-Dome in the remaining light. We return to camp and spend some final waking moments sharing in our experiences along the beach near the river.
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 and Half Dome is only offered pending us gaining the necessary permits.
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.
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“This was our daughter’s second summer backpacking with Lasting Adventures in Yosemite. Fantastic experience all the was from registration through to the completion of her trip. She plans on coming back for many more years.” –High Country Adventure parent, July 2019
“My daughter didn’t look at her phone for 10 days, made bonds with the guides and the other teens, and was able to spend time reflecting on her life from the mountaintops (her words).” –High Country Adventure parent, July 2019
“My 13-year-old son had an amazing time on the 13 day backpacking/camping/hiking trip through Yosemite this year. The counselors were fantastic. He would definitely do it again. I highly recommend this company!” –High Country Adventure parent, June 2019