- March 21–22
- April 11–12
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.
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
Day 2 - Sunday
Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast
Take an optional morning snowshoe hike
Hike 4 miles to the trailhead at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area
Snow shoes with Trekking poles (provided)
Additional Foam pad (provided)
Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
Bowl, Cup, Spork (provided)
Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that are broken in
Sunscreen, Sun hat
Sunglasses (for snow blindness)
Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry
Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks
Warm layers: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves, insulated jacket/pants
Optional (but recommended):
Insullated mug or water bottle
Gaiters (required in certain conditions)
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.
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
Transportation to and from the park
Personal backpacking gear (see gear list below - rentals available)
Park entrance fees
Insurance of any kind
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