Our 6-day California Backpacking Summer Camp Youth Programs in Yosemite are designed for younger participants, ages 11-13, who are both new or experienced backpackers. These outdoor summer camps for kids start in Yosemite Valley on Sundays and end in Yosemite Valley on Fridays. These programs offer shorter hiking distances and an introduction to camping, backpacking, and the outdoors among the natural geological formations surrounding us in the Yosemite high country.
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.
Throughout June and into July as needed, Yosemite Summer Camps will be based at lower elevations accessed from the Yosemite Valley, the Glacier Point Road, or relocated to areas above Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Most all summer camps scheduled to meet/end at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley will still be doing so. Through June, expect most all 6-Day Yosemite High Country Adventure programs to be relocated to a meeting location either in Yosemite Valley or at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Updated meeting locations will be communicated in advanced camp emails and based on the most updated conditions as well as permit availability. 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.
For more information and what to expect, see: Yosemite’s 2023 Snowpack & 2023 Summer Expectations.
YOUTH PROGRAM ADVENTURE SHUTTLE
Lasting Adventures will be providing transportation from near the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the greater Bay Area to our Youth Backpacking programs in Yosemite National Park. Skip the long drive and traffic while helping save the environment.
Specific location along Tioga Road is dependent on permitting and conditions. Expect a location between the Ten Lakes Trailhead and Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center. In fewer instances we might move your meeting location to Yosemite Valley. Updates will be sent in 2-4 week advance emails