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Backpacking Yosemite: Ten LakesYosemite National Park

  • July 18–20
  • August 14–16
  • September 18–19
Trip Overview

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.

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 Yosemite Creek Trailhead parking lot along Tioga Pass (HWY 120) at 9am (MAP)

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

Break camp

Hike 6 miles out via the same route as day 1

Return to cars late afternoon / early evening

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

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 recommended, poncho at minimum)

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.