4 Days

Mileage | Rating

15-18 Miles



Meeting Location | Time

Half Dome Village
3 PM


May Lake to Snow Creek

Highlights: The May Lake Yosemite backpacking trip has some of the best of Yosemite all wrapped into a shorter and easier trip; both the Yosemite high country and camping directly across the valley from Half Dome along the North Rim nearly 2,750 feet above the valley floor! Other highlights include: May Lake, Mount Hoffman (10,850’), Snow Creek Falls, and amazing views of the Yosemite high country, across from Half Dome, and down into the Yosemite Valley. May Lake to Snow Creek is the perfect Yosemite family backpacking trip!

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Day 1
Meet your guide in the afternoon in Yosemite Valley. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. Valley highlights and camping in the Backpackers Camp in Yosemite Valley. (Food in the front-country not included.)

Day 2
Catch morning 8am shuttle. Take in the views at Tenaya Lake (8,150′) before hiking up a total of 3.3 moderate to strenuous 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 1.5 miles to the top of Mount Hoffman (10,850′) is available this afternoon. (Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National 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.

Day 3
Hike south and mainly downhill a total of 8 miles (as we cross back over Tioga Road/Hwy 120) to the top of Snow Creek Falls (6,720′). Here we will camp in a campsite alongside a creek and directly across the valley from Half Dome. This site provides for some amazing views of Half Dome and down into the Yosemite Valley. This site and trail is used lesser than many of the other trails in and around the valley which provides for some more solitude.

Day 4
We will return to the valley proper by hiking down the Snow Creek trail 2.6 miles while descending 2600 feet. Once along the flat-ground we will hike out besides Mirror Lake (at the base of Half Dome) for another 2 miles.

Other: The May Lake Yosemite trip combines high alpine lakes and scenery, a chance to summit a major and easy peak in Yosemite, and views into the Yosemite Valley from the northeast rim of the valley.

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.



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