Snowshoeing Yosemite: Tuolumne Grove/Gin Flat Weekend
Crane Flat Area

TRIP DATES

All Tuolumne Grove/Gin Flat Trips are SOLD OUT, 2022 Dates to be Announced Soon!

Trip Overview

Experience the serenity and breathtaking beauty of Yosemite in the winter as we explore the majestic Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Gin Flat. This two day tour includes the famous "Dead Giant" (a fallen giant sequoia with a stagecoach-sized tunnel cut through it), incredible views of the Yosemite backcountry, winter wildlife, and more! A great introduction to winter/snow camping, your guides will provide you with expert advice on how to stay safe, comfortable, and experience the joys of winter camping at Gin Flat.

 

Please read our updated COVID-19 trip safety precautions. Please 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.

 

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Difficulty Rating: Moderate
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 40 lbs total), for roughly 3.5 miles each day over moderate terrain at elevations up to 7,000 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 - Saturday

Meet at the pullout nearest the closed gate at the end of Tioga Road (a one minute drive past the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead Parking Lot) at 10 am

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Snowshoe roughly 2.5 miles uphill through a winter wonderland (with pack)

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Make camp at Gin Flat

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

Day 2 - 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 3.5 miles on slightly downhill terrain (with pack)

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy scenic outlooks of the Yosemite backcountry

Return to the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead Parking Lot

Optional: Snowshoe roughly 1.25 miles downhill and then 1.25 miles uphill to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (without pack)

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

3 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):

Lightweight Day Pack for Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias Out and Back

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.)

$395 per person

Included:

Expert, Medically Trained Guides

Group First Aid Kit

All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees

Bear Canisters when necessary

Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)

Water Filtration

Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks (Lunches eliminated due to COVID-19 contamination risks)

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 (see above)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities