PACIFIC CREST TRAIL HIKE - NORTHERN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows - 9 days, 65 miles
California Alpine Guides
a division of International Alpine Guides.
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL HIKE OVERVIEW
Hike a dramatic and remote section of the Pacific Crest Trail through the Northern region of Yosemite National Park on this 9-day hiking adventure. Hiking from near Sonora Pass down to Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite High Country we visit one of the more remote and less crowded sections of the PCT.
We hike from Leavitt Lake near Sonora Pass in the Hoover Wilderness and hike the PCT down to the far Northern Boundary of Yosemite National Park. Once in Yosemite, see some of the most remote sections of Yosemite National Park and some of the most beautiful parts of the Pacific Crest Trail. We make our way past tranquil alpine lakes and deep dramatic canyons before arriving at the Tuolumne River and ascending past waterfalls to Tuolumne Meadows.
Half way through the hike we receive a porter resupply which enables the group to carry only four days of food and fuel which greatly reduces the pack weight. We also supply a campsite and dinner the night before the trip and a shuttle back to your car after the trip ends.
Along the way you will enjoy the incredible beauty and quiet of the Northern Yosemite backcountry as well as great backcountry cuisine. For those who are looking to hike a section of the PCT, this is one of the better sections to experience. We take care of all the food and logistics allowing you to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Experience the adventure of hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail!
Food, Equipment & Lodging
We provide breakfast lunch, dinner and snacks prepared by your guide and backcountry chef from the time we meet till we part ways. We like to call our food "backcountry gourmet" which includes vegetables as well as freshly baked goods.
To make your trip easier for you we provide most of the gear you will need at no extra cost. We provide high quality backpacks, sleeping bags and pad, trekking poles, headlamp and eating utensils if needed. We also provide tents, all group cooking gear, first aid kit and water purification for the group. Our guides carry emergency two-way satellite communications devices at all times.
A great way hike the PCT in style.
This is a backpacking trip in which everyone carries their own gear and a share of the group gear and supplies.
YOSEMITE BACKPACKING SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Very good physical conditioning is required. Previous multi-day backpacking experience is required. Must have the ability to carry an overnight pack for up to 11 miles a day. This is a committing wilderness trip.
August 26 - September 3
August 24 - September 1
Custom dates available July though September
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner prepared by your guide while in the field.
- Professional local mountain guides certified in emergency wilderness medicine, food handling & Leave No Trace Principles & trained in local natural history.
- Backpacks, sleeping bag and pad, trekking poles,eating utensils, and tents.
- Porter re-supply mid way through the hike.
- Private van shuttle back to cars left at the Levitt Lake Trailhead.
- Permits for trip.
- One night camping in the Eastern Sierra with dinner the night before the hike begins
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 1
We meet at a campsite near Leavitt Meadows in the Eastern Sierra just North of Bridgeport, Ca. between 4 and 6pm. Exact location TBD. Dinner will be served that night and your guide will conduct a pack check and go over all the gear for the trip.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 2
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +800'/ - 2200'
After a hearty breakfast, we begin the day by hiking up from Leavitt Lake trailhead where we quickly meet up with the PCT. We then hike down into Kennedy Canyon for the night, setting up camp along the West Walker River.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 3
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/ Loss: +1200'/ -400'
Continuing South along the PCT, we make our way to Dorothy Lake Pass where we pass into Yosemite National Park. We camp along beautiful Dorothy Lake for the evening.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 4
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/ Loss: +120'/ -1600'
An all-downhill day, we hike down Jack Main Canyon along Falls Creek through numerous meadows. Eventually we make our way to secluded Wilma Lake for the evening.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 5
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/ Loss: +1200'/ -1200'
From Wilma Lake we head East through remote Stubblefield Canyon and then down into dramatic Kerrick canyon where we set up camp along babbling Rancheria Creek. This is where we meet our resupply, picking up another 4 days worth of food and fuel.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 6
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +2300'/ -1900'
Hiking over Seavey pass, we make our way down to Benson Lake where we enjoy lunch along the Riviera-like sand beach of Benson Lake. We then climb up to stunningly beautiful Smedburg Lake where make camp for the night.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 7
Distance: 9 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +2200'/-2000'
We hike up over Benson Pass and then a long downhill into deep Matterhorn Canyon and then on to small Miller Lake for the night.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 8
Distance: 11 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1100'/ -2700
Continuing East we hike past Spiller Creek and then down into Virginia Canyon before climbing up a but again and over into Cold Canyon. We then make a long descent into Glen Aulin along the Tuolumne River.
PCT Yosemite Hike Day 9
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +800'/ -300'
Shuttle Time: 2 hours
From Glen Aulin, we hike up past numerous waterfalls along the Tuolumne River making our way to Tuolumne Meadows and enjoy a nice stroll along the river in the Meadows eventually reaching the trail head... the first civilization we’ve seen in eight days! In the afternoon we take a shuttle van back where the cars are parked at the start of the hike.
Itinerary subject to change & camp locations and distances each day remain flexible.