Backpacking Yosemite: Vogelsang
Yosemite High Country

TRIP DATES

August 7–10 2021 August 26–29 2021

Trip Overview

Please note that the August 7-10th trip is currently sold out and WAITLIST ONLY. All other trip dates have availability. 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. Thank you!

One of the most underrated areas of Yosemite National Park, Vogelsang (German for bird song) offers spectacular high country views. Visit secluded and picturesque alpine lakes, meadows, and peaks on this four day journey that will not disappoint the intermediate nor advanced backpacker. Camping at the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker's Campground the night before this trip is highly encouraged to acclimate to the elevation. You may stay at the Backpacker's Campground with our permit (no other reservations are necessary).

 

Please read our updated COVID-19 trip safety precautionsPlease note that participants on Sports Basement Outdoors trips do not need to procure their own day-use reservation for Yosemite.

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

 

Difficulty Rating: Advanced
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 45 lbs total), for roughly 5 to 12 miles each day over moderate to strenuous terrain with elevation drops and gains of up to 2,700 ft in a day. We recommend doing numerous day hikes and training with a 35 - 45 lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be in superior 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

Meet at the Lyell Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot at 9 am

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Enjoy breathtaking views of the high country

Hike roughly 7 miles on moderate uphill terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Make camp at Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

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

DAY 2

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

Optional day hike: Hike 6 miles downhill with a lightweight day pack

Enjoy breathtaking views of the high country

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Hike 6 miles uphill back to the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp with a lightweight day pack

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

DAY 3

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

Break camp

Hike 5 miles on moderate uphill terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy breathtaking views of the high country

Make camp at a majestic backcountry lake

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

DAY 4

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

Break camp

Hike 10 miles on downhill or flat terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy breathtaking views of the high country

Return to the Lyell Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot 

Congratulations! You just backpacked/hiked 34 miles with 5k elevation gain over 4 days!

Note: Depending on permit availability, this trip's itinerary may be reversed.

Packing List

Required:

Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer

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

Backpacking Pack - minimum 60L (rentals available)

Lightweight, Compressible Sleeping Bag rated 15 to 25 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight Sleeping Pad, inflatable recommended (rentals available)

Headlamp with fresh batteries (rentals available)

Mess Kit (bowl, insulated cup, and spork)

Sturdy Hiking Boots that are broken in

2-3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

SunscreenSun HatSunglasses

Hiking Pants/Shorts (lightweight, quick dry)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking Tops (quick dry)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking SocksLiner Socks

Seasonal Layers: BaselayersFleece/Down JacketWinter HatLightweight Gloves 

Waterproof Rain Jacket and Pack Cover (Poncho at minimum)

Optional (but recommended):

Trekking Poles (rentals available)

Lightweight Day Pack

Lightweight Camp Shoes/Water Shoes

Insect Repellant

Small Pack Towel

Camera/Phone

Ear Plugs

Camp Pillow

Luxury Item (small book/kindle, 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.)

$615 per person

Included:

Day-Use Entry Exemption to Yosemite (given to participants in the week leading up to trip)

Two Expert, Medically Trained Guides

Group First Aid Kit

All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees

Bear Canisters

Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)

Water Filtration

Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks

Pre-Trip Phone Briefing Approximately Two Weeks Prior to Trip

An Amazing 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