Snowshoeing Yosemite: Valley Overlook
Glacier Point Road Area

TRIP DATES

February 18–20 2022

Trip Overview

Please note that the Feb 18-20th Valley Overlook trip is currently sold out and WAITLIST ONLY. We do get cancellations from time to time. To sign up for the WAITLIST, please click the BOOK NOW button and scroll through the calendar to the date(s) you prefer. Click on the date and time to register for the WAITLIST. Alternatively, you can email sboutdoors@sportsbasement.com with your request. 

 

The winter is a time for rejuvenation in Yosemite. Delight in the stillness after a summer of crowds while enjoying the magic of a winter wonderland. This 3 day snowshoe excursion takes us from the parking lot of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area out to remote backcountry locations where we'll set up our snow camp each night. One night will be in a forested wonderland in the backcountry, while the second at Dewey Point where we can bask in breathtaking views of the Valley below. This trip is perfect for the more experienced winter enthusiast to gain valuable experience and skills in the art of winter camping. Your guides will provide you with expert advice on how to stay safe, comfortable, and experience the joys of winter camping.  

 

Please read our updated COVID-19 trip safety precautionsYou may find our cancellation policy at the bottom of this page.

  Have a question about this trip? Email us at sboutdoors@sportsbasement.com.

 

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Difficulty Rating: Difficult
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 40 lbs total), for roughly 4-6 miles each day over moderate terrain at elevations up to 7,200 ft. We recommend doing some day hikes with a 35 - 40 lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be in decent physical condition (See our Training Recommendations). Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating on the trip and are subject to manager approval.

Trip Itinerary

Although we'll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine as long as it is safe to do so.

Day 1 - Friday

Meet at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Lodge at 10 am

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Snowshoe roughly 4.5 miles on moderate terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views of a winter wonderland

Make camp near Westfall Meadows

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Day 2 - Saturday

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Break camp

Snowshoe roughly 6 miles on moderate terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views at the rim of Yosemite Valley

Make camp at Dewey Point

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Day 3 - Sunday

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Break camp

Snowshoe roughly 4 miles on moderate terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views of a winter wonderland

Return to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Packing List

Required:

Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer

Snowshoes and Ski Poles (provided)

Lightweight 2 Person, 3-Season Tent (rentals available)

Backpacking Pack with Internal Frame - minimum 65L (rentals available)

Lightweight, Compressible Sleeping Bag Rated 0 Degrees with Compression Sack (rentals available)

Lightweight, Inflatable, and Insulated Sleeping Pad (rentals available)

Additional Closed Cell Foam Pad (provided)

Headlamp with Fresh Batteries (rentals available)

Mess Kit (bowl, insulated cup, and spork)

Sturdy, Waterproof Hiking Boots that are broken in

2-3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Sunglasses (for snow blindness)

2x Wool or Synthetic Hiking Tops (quick dry, no cotton)

Hiking Pants (lightweight, quick dry, no cotton)

Gaiters

4 Pairs Wool or Synthetic Hiking or Ski Socks, Liner Socks (no cotton)

Thin, Liner Gloves for Hiking

3-4 Warm Layers for Camp: Baselayers, Fleece, Down Jacket, Ski Jacket/Winter Jacket, Fleece Pants or Ski Pants, Fleece Neck Warmer, Winter Hat, thick + waterproof Gloves/Mittens

Waterproof Shell Pants

Waterproof Shell Jacket and Pack Cover  

Optional (but recommended):

Chemical Hand Warmers (highly recommended)

Down Pants

Down Booties

Camera/Phone

Ear Plugs

Camp Pillow

Luxury Item (small book, deck of cards, etc.)

Guide Gratuities (optional)

Do NOT bring:

Soap

Full Wallet and Set of Keys 

Full sized Toothpaste, Deodorant, Sunscreen, etc. (Please only bring small packages of these things or re-package them yourself.)

$595 per person

Included:

Two Expert, Medically Trained Guides

Group First Aid Kit

All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees

Bear Canisters when necessary

Group Cooking Gear (including stove and fuel)

Water Filtration

Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks

Snowshoes and Ski Poles

Closed Cell Foam Pad (for extra insulation)

WAG Bags (there is no soil typically)

Pre-Trip Phone Briefing Approximately Two Weeks Prior to Trip

An Amazing Winter Wilderness Experience

Not Included:

Transportation to and from Yosemite

Personal Backpacking Gear (see Gear List below; rentals available)

Lunches (although a Trail Snack Bag is provided)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities