Backpacking Yosemite: Half Dome
Yosemite National Park

TRIP DATES

July 1–4 2021 July 8–11 2021 July 22–25 2021 August 6–9 2021 September 4–7 2021 September 16–19 2021 September 30–October 3 2021 June 16–19 2022 June 30–July 3 2022 July 14–17 2022 July 28–31 2022 August 11–14 2022 August 25–28 2022 September 8–11 2022 September 22–25 2022

Trip Overview

Please note that all 2021 dates are sold out and WAITLIST ONLY. 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!

 

You may now register for our 2022 Season! Secure your spot today with our lower 2021 pricing! Permits are confirmed 6 months in advance. We will be in contact with you should there be any adjustments to your trip dates. Please note that due to a road closure for the 2022 Season, our itinerary will be adjusted from that displayed below. We will be in contact with you about the change in itinerary once we have confirmation of our permits. 

 

At 8,839 feet, Half Dome is the most famous peak in Yosemite with breathtaking views of the Valley below from atop.  Backpacking is the best way to see this iconic mountain while avoiding big crowds. With Half Dome being a staple on many bucket lists, these trips sell out quickly as permits can be impossible to get on your own. Don't miss this opportunity to see the best of Yosemite! Please note that this hike culminates in a challenging cable climb up a rock face.

 

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.
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 45 lbs total), for roughly 4 to 13 miles each day over moderate to strenuous terrain with elevation drops and gains of up to 3,000 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 Glacier Point Parking Lot at 11 am (park at the far side of lot, past turn, near permanent bear bins)

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite

Hike roughly 4 miles on moderate downhill terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Make camp at Illilouette Creek

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)

Break camp

Hike 5 miles over varied terrain to Little Yosemite Valley

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views of Yosemite

Make camp

Optional day hike: If time and group energy permits, potential to hike 3.5 miles for a sunset summit of Half Dome (and 3.5 miles back) 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)

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

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite

If Half Dome summited the day prior, possible day hike to summit Clouds Rest and back (10-13 miles) 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 4

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

Break camp

Hike 4.5 miles on moderate uphill terrain to a beautiful waterfall

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Hike 2.5 miles on sometimes strenuous uphill terrain

Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite

Return to the Glacier Point Parking Lot

Congratulations! You just backpacked/hiked 23-36 miles with 6k-10k elevation gain over 4 days!

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)

Gloves for Cables (simple garden gloves with grippy palms or nitrile work gloves work well)

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.)

$645 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 (Lunches eliminated due to COVID-19 contamination risks)

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 (see above)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities