Highlights: This guided Yosemite hiking trip begins in the high country besides Tenaya Lake. May Lake is an easily accessible high alpine lake that houses a Backpackers Camp and easy access to Mount Hoffman (10,850’). Polly Dome Lake is an off-trail lake surrounded partially by granite. And finally, the campsites at Glen Aulin offer one of the most amazing backdrops along the Tuolumne River. Amazing sunsets are a specialty along this route! This trip is perfect for an easy Yosemite family backpacking trip, or those wanting something less strenuous.
Meet your guide in the afternoon. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. Area specific highlights (food in the front-country not included.) Camp in the Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers camp.
Transit to trailhead. Take in the views at Tenaya Lake (8,150′) before hiking up approximately 3 moderate miles to May Lake. May Lake is a high alpine lake at 9,329′. The designated backpackers campsites are along the south shore of the lake. There are seasonally operating flush toilets and a fresh water tap here. A side hike of 4 miles rt to the top of Mount Hoffman (10,850′) is available this afternoon. (Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park and was John Muir’s favorite view within all of the park.) Also at this location: swimming, relaxing, and taking in an amazing sunset on the secret bluff which looks east across the Yosemite high country.
Hike 4.5 miles to Polly Dome lake. Swimming and exploring around this off-trail lake. Explore up one of the granite walls around the lake for an amazing sunset!
Hike 4.5 miles to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. Spectacular waterfall and swimming hole here. This campsite also has toilets and running water. The amazing sunset looking down-river is just a short stroll outside of your campsite.
Hike out 6 miles to Tuolumne Meadows.
Other: This is a great route for the inexperienced hikers and families. Two campsites are on a lake with swimming and fishing possibilities. The other campsite is along the Tuolumne River with a great swimming hole below an awesome cascade. There are toilets and running drinking water in two of the three campsites.
Required shuttle costs are included in the above costs. We also include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, 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.
2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE: Our snowpack this winter is at 180% and growing. We anticipate a late opening for the Yosemite High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Any trips through mid-late June can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.
*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.