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Summiting Yosemite's Half DomeYosemite National Park

  • June 18–21
  • July 8–11
  • July 10–13
  • July 23–26
  • July 30–August 2
  • August 20–23
  • September 10–13
  • September 24–27
Trip Overview

Summit the most famous peak in Yosemite National Park.  At 8,839 feet, Half Dome is a solid climb, but it's more than worth it for the breathtaking views of the Yosemite Valley from atop.  Backpacking is best way to see this iconic mountain while avoiding the big crowds. The hike culminates in the challenging cable climb up a rock face.  A definite bucket list trip. These trips sell out quick and permits can be impossible to get on your own, so don't miss this perfect opportunity to see the best of Yosemite.


Participants will be carrying their own gear, 35 - 45lbs, 7 to 11 miles each day over moderate to strenuous terrain at elevation drops and gains of up to 3,000 ft in a day. We recommend doing numerous day hikes and training with a 35 - 45lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be superior physical condition. A training regime can be supplied, at request. Also, please make sure your hiking boots are broken in before the trip.

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.

Day 1

Meet at the Glacier Point parking lot at 11am (MAP) - park in the far rear of lot near permanent bear bins

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Hike roughly 3 miles on moderate downhill terrain

Make camp at Illouette Canyon

Lunch and dinner provided

Day 2

Hike 5 miles to Little Yosemite Valley

Make camp & have lunch

Additional day hikes optional. Potential for summiting Half Dome if time and group energy permits - 3.5 miles up with only a day pack for sunset summit, then 3.5 miles back down

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner provided

Day 3

If not done the day prior, hike 3.5 miles to the summit of Half Dome  (and 3.5 miles back) with a lightweight day pack

If Half Dome summited the day prior, possible day hike to summit Clouds Rest and back

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner provided

Day 4

Break camp

Hike 5 miles on moderate uphill terrain to a natural waterslide and swimming hole

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Hike 3 miles on moderate uphill terrain to Glacier Point parking lot

Breakfast provided

Packing List


Lightweight 2 person, 3-season tent (rentals available)

Backpacking pack - minimum 60L or 3700cu. in. (rentals available)

Lightweight, compressible sleeping bag rated 15 to 25 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight sleeping pad - inflatable recommended (rentals available)

Headlamp (with fresh batteries)

Bowl, Cup, Spork

Sturdy hiking boots that are broken in

2-3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

Sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses

Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry

Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks

Waterproof rain gear (Rain jacket + pack cover OR poncho)

Gloves for Cables (simple garden gloves with grippy palms work great)

Seasonally: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves

Optional (but recommended):


Insect Repellant

Trekking poles

Ear plugs

Small pack towel


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

Do NOT bring:


Full wallet and set of keys (especially rental sets)

Full sized toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.

$645 per person


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Meals (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free available)

Group cooking gear, bear canisters, water filtration systems

Group first aid kit

Wilderness Permits

Expert guides 

Not Included:

Transportation to and from the park

Park entrance fees

Personal backpacking gear (available for rent)

Insurance of any kind

Guide gratuities