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Summit Half Dome: 3-day, 2-night Yosemite Backpacking

level Adult
style Backpacking
challenge Strenouos
age 12 and up


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Join us for the adventure of a lifetime - reach the summit of Half Dome on this three-day, two-night through-hike beginning at the iconic galcier point, summiting Half Dome and exiting at Yosemite Valley. Experience the Beauty and adventure that make this one of America's best stretches of wilderness. See for yourself why Half Dome is one of the most photographed natural wonders in the world.


This adventure includes permits for an optional hike to the top of Half Dome. We start in Yosemite National Park's high country, making our way toward little Yosemite Valley where we pass by old growth forests, meandering creeks and exceptional views of Half Dome.  This itinerary covers 21 miles of Yosemite's most amazing terrain and is lead by Treks and Tracks' experienced, Wilderness First-Aid certified guides.






Day 1: After taking the morning shuttle (approx. 1.5 hours) to Glacier Point we get our packs ready and head down the train. Our hike begins past Illilouette Falls then veers onto the Panorama Trail. We continue over the top of Nevada Falls and into Little Yosemite Valley where we set up our basecamp for the next 2 nights (6.5 miles).


Day 2: Today is an action packed day. We leave our heavy packs at camp and only take the essentials for our summit hike to the top of Half Dome (8,836’) via the famous cables. The summit is spectacular and is an achievement in itself. After taking the important summit pics and eating our lunch we return to Little Yosemite Valley (7 miles).


Day 3: Today we pack up our camp in Little Yosemite Valley and hike out via the spectacular Mist Trail. We pass two major waterfalls on our way back down to Yosemite Valley and back to our vehicles (4.5 miles).


This is an incredible adventure, we look forward to seeing you on one of these Treks!

Join us and experience YOSEMITE BACKPACKING!  






Day 1:  After meeting at the Curry Village Mountain Shop parking lot at 7:30 am where we leave our vehicles we take the free shuttle to Tuolumne Meadows. From Tenaya Lake we hike to our first nights camp at Sunrise Lakes. (4 miles)


Day 2:  Today we hike over Cloud's Rest taking in incredible vistas of Tuolumne Meadows. We have lunch on the summit and then hike down to Sunrise Creek where we make camp. (7.5 miles)


Day 3: On this action packed day we have a hearty breakfast and get up early. We stash our pack on the trail and take only our essential items as we take a side tour to the summit of Half Dome. We climb the famous cables to the top of the mountain. On the summit we can take pics have lunch and relish for a moment in our huge accomplishment. After descending the mountain we pick up our packs and make our way all the way to Yosemite Valley where we get to the cars around 4 pm. (12 miles)




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check Climb Half Dome (permits included)
check Learn backpacking skills such as navigation and wilderness safety protocols
check Take in spectacular views from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley


Yosemite via Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite via Glacier Point

Point Reyes

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What to expect

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Strenuous hiking carrying a 30-40 pound pack 
Hiking multiple miles at elevation in a single day
Up to 2700 feet of elevation gain in one day
Wildlife viewing opportunities

We provide

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Backpack and tent
Sleeping bag and pad
Wilderness and Half Dome permits
Dinner, breakfast and camp kitchen
Water purification system
First aid kit, map and compass


You bring

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Quick dry clothing, warm layers and bathing suit
Lunch for 3 days
Camera, pocket knife
Good hiking shoes/boots

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