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Glacier Point to Half Dome

Glacier Point to Half Dome Backpacking

Trip Highlights:

Glacier Point

Half Dome

Mist Trail

Little Yosemite Valley

Mt. Starr King

Illilouette Valley

Highlights: Looking for an incredible Half Dome backpacking trip? Our Yosemite Glacier Point to Half Dome guided tour is an epic journey through some of the most beautiful and popular parts of the park. Begin the adventure at Glacier Point (Yosemite's number one attraction) with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada high country. Quickly lose the crowds by descending into the Illilouette Valley and setting up camp along the creek. On Day three hike around the base of Mt. Starr King to Little Yosemite Valley, passing by the precipice of Nevada Fall along the way. If we are unable to summit Half Dome this afternoon for a sunset; we will take in the sunrise the next morning. Return to Yosemite Valley along the famous Mist Trail soaking in both Nevada and Vernal Falls. This is one of our most popular Yosemite Backpacking Trips!

Please Note: Due to the 2023 record-setting snowpack, we are estimating a Memorial Day weekend opening for Glacier Point and an early June opening for Half Dome. (However this can change also and be earlier/later as it is all dependant on the weather between now and then.) Yet if you are after the Half Dome summit attempt, it would be safer to book this trip after June 15. See more information below.

Due to a record setting snowpack this winter, we anticipate late seasonal openings for the 2023 summer at higher elevations (with Tioga Road opening between July 1-15th) and modified itineraries at lower elevations and on early season trips as needed. Our online offerings have been updated to reflect this.

Be prepared for wet/muddy trails, and the possibility of stream/river crossings and/or walking on/crossing/camping on/near snow. Trekking poles will be provided. Also be prepared for added adventure as you experience Yosemite in unparalleled beauty as it comes to life after one of the wettest winter seasons on record. If seasonal access or trail conditions present issues, the tour/hike/itinerary will be modified accordingly. For more information and what to expect, see: Yosemite’s 2023 Snowpack & 2023 Summer Expectations.

Mileage & Difficulty

20.4 Miles


4 Days



Per Person

Departure Info

4 pm
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2023 Departure Dates by Month

    May Departure Dates  

  • Fri, May 26th – Mon, May 29th
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain
  • June Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Jun 2nd – Mon, Jun 5th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Wed, Jun 7th – Sat, Jun 10th
    Hurry, only 3 spots remain
  • Fri, Jun 9th – Mon, Jun 12th
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain
  • Tue, Jun 13th – Fri, Jun 16th
  • Fri, Jun 16th – Mon, Jun 19th
  • Mon, Jun 26th – Thu, Jun 29th

    July Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Jul 1st – Tue, Jul 4th
  • Thu, Jul 6th – Sun, Jul 9th
  • Wed, Jul 12th – Sat, Jul 15th
  • Mon, Jul 31st – Thu, Aug 3rd
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Aug 4th – Mon, Aug 7th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Thu, Aug 10th – Sun, Aug 13th
  • Sat, Aug 12th – Tue, Aug 15th
  • Mon, Aug 14th – Thu, Aug 17th
    Hurry, only 2 spots remain
  • Fri, Aug 18th – Mon, Aug 21st
  • Mon, Aug 21st – Thu, Aug 24th
  • Fri, Aug 25th – Mon, Aug 28th
  • Wed, Aug 30th – Sat, Sep 2nd
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain

    September Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Sep 10th – Wed, Sep 13th
  • Mon, Sep 18th – Thu, Sep 21st
  • Tue, Sep 26th – Fri, Sep 29th
  • October Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Oct 2nd – Thu, Oct 5th

All 2023 dates remain tentative until permitted 23-weeks in advance. Please remain from making travel arrangements outside of this timeline”

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"My son and I (both tax accountants) recently enjoyed a three-day private guided backpacking trip with Last Adventures. The trip met all our expectations; we had a great time! The guide’s love of her work and knowledge of Yosemite National Park made the trip a success. She planned all the details, provided excellent gear, and made sure everything worked out as planned"
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"Lasting Adventures made my trip to Yosemite a dream vacation! It was stress-free because every detail was covered from food and transportation to clear meeting instructions and itinerary. Our guide took a hike that would have been fun and made it magical by explaining the history and ecology of the area we were hiking. He matched our pace and often let us lead. I can't say enough good things about Zachary and Lasting Adventures!”
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“I did the Yosemite yoga 3 day backcountry camping. It was amazing! I would definitely do it again. The food was great! The scenery was superb camping in high country aside a mountain lake, and the guides and yoga instructor were fantastic!!!”
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"We were a group of 7 family members (ages 22-65 years old), and for all of us it was our first hiking/backpacking/camping experience. We all had such an amazing yet challenging experience! Our guides’ spirit, cooking, and knowledge were great!”
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“We backpacked with a group of 7 other people from 'Backpacker's Camp' to Mae Lake, up to Mt Hoffman, Cloud's Rest, and finally completed the trip with an amazing last day, summiting Half Dome at sunrise! It. Was. Incredible!! Our guides immediately made us feel comfortable and excited. Their passion for the wilderness, people, and their career as a guide is contagious. If you have the chance to go on a Lasting Adventures trip - please do it!”

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