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Yosemite Snowshoe CampingOn The Valley Rim

  • March 21–22
  • April 11–12
Trip Overview

Experience the quiet and astonishing beauty of Yosemite in the winter as we camp on the rim of the valley. Leave the crowds and tour buses of summer behind with each step as you snowshoe in to the stark, stunning Yosemite backcountry where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Yosemite's famous rock monuments from our camp on the valley rim.


Participants will be carrying their own gear, 35 - 40lbs, for roughly 4 miles each day over moderate terrain. We recommend doing some day hikes with a 35 - 40lb pack prior to your trip. 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 - Saturday

Meet at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area parking lot at 10am

Trip orientation, gear discussion and lunch

Hike roughly 4 miles on moderate terrain

Make camp at Dewey Point

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner by the rim of Yosemite Valley

Day 2 - Sunday

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast

Take an optional morning snowshoe hike

Break camp

Hike 4 miles to the trailhead at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Packing List


Snow shoes with Trekking poles (provided)

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

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

Lightweight, compressible sleeping bag rated 0 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight sleeping pad - inflatable insulated recommended (rentals available)

Additional Foam pad (provided)

Headlamp (with fresh batteries)

Bowl, Cup, Spork (provided)

Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that are broken in

3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

Sunscreen, Sun hat

Sunglasses (for snow blindness)

Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry

Waterproof pants

Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks

Waterproof rain gear (Rain jacket + pack cover recommended, poncho at minimum)

Warm layers: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves, insulated jacket/pants

Optional (but recommended):

Insullated mug or water bottle


Gaiters (required in certain conditions)

Chemical Hand Warmers

Ear plugs


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.

$400 per person


Expert, medically trained guides

Group first aid kits

All permits and camping fees

All cooked and trail meals/snacks

Snowshoes and poles

Mess Kit with insulated mug

"Poddy" Bags (there is no soil typically)

Foam pad (for extra insulation)

An amazing winter wilderness experience

Not Included:

Transportation to and from the park

Personal backpacking gear (see gear list below - rentals available)

Park entrance fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide gratuities