If you’re looking for an incredible backcountry adventure that isn’t too strenuous, look no further! During this five-day Yosemite Guided Backpacking Tour you’ll experience some of the park's most pristine wilderness locations. Camp at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850′) along the shore of May Lake. Swim, relax, or opt for a four-mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman. Trek through high alpine meadows as you make your way to Polly Dome Lake—a hidden location surrounded partially by granite. Camp at Glen Aulin, nestled at the mouth of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Amazing sunsets are a specialty along this route! This Yosemite Backpacking trip is perfect for a family backpacking adventure, or those wanting something less strenuous.
Please Note: Due to the 2023 record-setting snowpack, we are estimating a late June/early July opening for the Hwy 120/Tioga Pass Road and access to this trips itinerary. (However this can change also and be earlier/later as it is all dependant on the weather between now and then.) Expect itinerary modifications if scheduled on a trip prior to these openings. 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.
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“All 2023 dates remain tentative until permitted 20-weeks in advance. Please remain from making travel arrangements outside of this timeline. We will contact you if we are unsuccessful in obtaining the exact dates listed above. Feel free to contact us if you would like to confirm.”