- July 18–20
- August 14–16
- September 18–19
Join us on this breathtaking route to the high country and enjoy lake after lake in the spectacular Ten Lakes basin. This route is perfect for those looking to get away for the Valley crowds and want to discover the solitude of the Yosemite backcountry. This route is perfect for the first time backpacker looking for a great introduction to backpacking in Yosemite.
Participants will be carrying their own gear, 35 - 45lbs, 5 to 7 miles each day over easy to moderate terrain with SIGNIFICANT elevation drops and gains of up to 4,000 ft in a day, and altitude as high as 9,000ft. While the route is not particularly difficult, the high altitude can make this trip extra challenging without proper conditioning. 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.
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.
Trip orientation and gear discussion
Hike 6 miles on a gradual, and at times steep, ascent and then descent to one of the amazing Ten Lakes
Make camp along a majestic lake
Enjoy spectacular views of the basin
Lunch, Dinner provided
No official hiking, rest day if needed (napping, sunbathing and relaxing all available)
Optional day hikes to nearby peaks and lakes
Breakfast, Lunch & dinner provided
Hike 6 miles out via the same route as day 1
Return to cars late afternoon / early evening
Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
Sturdy hiking boots that are broken in
Sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses
Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry
Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks
Seasonally: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Meals (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free available)
Group cooking gear
Water filtration systems
Group first aid kit
Transportation to and from the park
Park entrance fees
Personal backpacking gear (see list below: all rentable at Sports Basement)
Insurance of any kind
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