Snowshoeing Yosemite: Dewey Point Weekend
On The Valley Rim


January 15–16 2022 January 29–30 2022 February 12–13 2022 March 5–6 2022 March 19–20 2022

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 into the stark and stunning beauty of the backcountry. You'll enjoy breathtaking views of Yosemite's famous rock monuments while our expert guides teach you the tricks of comfortable winter camping.  *Please note if there are extreme winter conditions at Dewey Point, this trip may be relocated to Tuolumne Grove/Crane 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.

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Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 40 lbs total), for roughly 4 miles each day over moderate terrain at elevations up to 7,200 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 Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Lodge at 10 am

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Snowshoe roughly 4 miles on moderate terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views at the rim of Yosemite Valley

Make camp at Dewey Point

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 4 miles on moderate terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views of a winter wonderland

Return to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Packing List


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)


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):

Chemical Hand Warmers (highly recommended)

Down Pants

Down Booties


Ear Plugs

Camp Pillow

Luxury Item (small book, deck of cards, etc.)

Guide Gratuities (optional)

Do NOT bring:


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


Two 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

Snowshoes and Ski Poles

Closed Cell Foam Pad (for extra insulation)

WAG Bags (typically, there isn't easy access to soil)

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 (although a Trail Snack Bag is provided)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities