Yosemite Snowshoe Camping
On The Valley Rim


January 16–17 February 6–7 February 27–28 March 20–21

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.
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. 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 Lodge at 10 am

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

Break camp

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

Enjoy a light, trailside lunch

Packing List


Snowshoes and Trekking poles (provided)

Lightweight 2 Person, 3-Season Tent (rentals available)

Backpacking Pack - minimum 60L (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 (rentals available)

Mess Kit (bowl, insulated cup, and spork)

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)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking Tops (quick dry, no cotton)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking Socks, Liner Socks (no cotton)

Waterproof Pants

Waterproof Rain Jacket and Pack Cover (poncho at minimum)

Warm Layers: Baselayers, Fleece/Down Jacket, Insulated Pants, Beanie, thick + warm Gloves   

Optional (but recommended):

Gaiters (required in certain conditions)

Chemical Hand Warmers


Ear Plugs


Luxury Item (small book/kindle, 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.)

$400 per person


Expert, Medically Trained Guides

Group First Aid Kit

All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees

Bear Canisters when necessary

Group Cooking Gear

Water Filtration

All Meals and Trail Snacks

Snowshoes and Trekking poles

"Poddy" Bags (there is no soil typically)

Foam Pad (for extra insulation)

An Amazing Winter Wilderness Experience

Groups of 5+ Receive 15% OFF - Plan a Group Get-Away! 

Not Included:

Transportation to and from Yosemite

Personal Backpacking Gear (see Gear List below - rentals available)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities