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Yosemite Snowshoe Camping

On The Valley Rim

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.

Trip Highlights

  • Snowshoe to camp at the rim of the Yosemite Valley
  • Experience the quiet, starlit beauty of Yosemite in winter
  • Enjoy amazing meals in the breathtaking Yosemite backcountry
  • Learn winter camping techniques from our expert guides

What's included

  • Expert, medically trained guides
  • All permits and camping fees
  • All meals
  • Snowshoes
  • Tents
  • An amazing wilderness experience

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from the park
  • Personal backpacking gear (see gear list)
  • Park entrance fees

Activity Level: Moderate

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

Day 1 - Saturday
  • Meet at the Badger Pass Ski Area parking lot at 11am
  • 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
  • Take an optional evening snowshoe hike under the stars
Day 2 - Sunday
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast
  • Take an optional morning snowshoe hike
  • Break camp
  • Hike 4 miles to the trailhead at Badger Pass Ski Area

Note on 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. 

All participants must be at least 18-years-old

Gear list

We Provide
  • All group cooking / eating gear
  • All meals
  • Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Tents
  • Bear canisters
  • All permits
  • Expert guides
  • Group first aid kit
You bring
No cotton please (clothing or socks)


  • Backpacking pack - minimum 60L or 3700cu. in. (rentals available)
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad (rentals available)
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Sturdy hiking boots that are broken in
  • Camelbak or Nalgene water bottles that hold minimum 3 liters
  • Winter pants, waterproof
  • Winter jacket, waterproof
  • Warm layers: thermal tops and bottoms, fleece, down jacket
  • Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks
  • Beanie and thick warm gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen


Optional gear
  • Camera
  • Ear plugs
  • Small day pack
  • Cash to tip your guides