Length

6 Days

Mileage | Rating

25-35 Miles
Moderate-Strenuous

Cost

$1250

Meeting Location

Tuolumne Meadows
12 pm

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IMPORTANT

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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.

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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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: 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.

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. 

2021 DATES BY MONTH

Sunday-Friday Departure Dates from Tuolumne Meadows:

    June Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jun 20th - Fri, Jun 25th
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  • Sun, Jun 27th - Fri, Jul 2nd
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  • July Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jul 4th - Fri, Jul 9th
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  • Sun, Jul 11th - Fri, Jul 16th
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    July Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jul 18th - Fri, Jul 23rd
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  • Sun, Jul 25th - Fri, Jul 30th
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  • August Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Aug 1st - Fri, Aug 6th
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  • Sun, Aug 8th - Fri, Aug 13th
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  • Sun, Aug 15th - Fri, Aug 20th
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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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