YOSEMITE HIGH COUNTRY GRAND HIKING TOUR
Yosemite National Park - 8 1/2 days, 60 miles
California Alpine Guides
a division of International Alpine Guides.
YOSEMITE HIGH COUNTRY GRAND TOUR HIKE OVERVIEW
Looking to hike all of the best of the Yosemite backcountry? Then this the ultimate Yosemite hiking tour. This extended grand Yosemite backpacking adventure takes in the least visited and most spectacular mountain vistas in Yosemite National Park. This is a hiking tour for those who want to get deep into the Yosemite wilderness and see Yosemite as John Muir did. Our Yosemite high country hiking tour takes a swath through the beautiful high country while visiting the summits of spectacular Half Dome & Clouds Rest. We even have a resupply part way through so you don't have to carry a full 8 days worth of supplies.
After meeting and camping for the night at Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite high country, we hike out of Tuolumne Meadows North towards Glen Aulin to camp near and visit the famous waterfalls of the Tuoulmne River such as Waterwheel Falls and California Falls. We then make our way back South again and camp at somewhat "secret" and seldom visited lake. We then make our way towards Clouds Rest and Half Dome picking up a resupply as we go. We ascend the spectacular Clouds Rest with it's amazing views before continuing on to Half Dome basecamp along Sunrise Creek. We then climb the incomparable Half Dome via the famous cables route.
Then we hike onto the remote headwaters of the Merced River where we visit Merced Lake before continuing on to the Vogelsang area and visit another remote lake in the Cathedral Range. To complete our loop we hike down into and camp at beautiful Lyell Canyon before finishing up the loop back in Tuolumne Meadows.
Along the way there will be some time for relaxation amid the incredible beauty and quiet of the Yosemite backcountry while enjoying fine backcountry food prepared by your guide and wilderness chef.
We have carefully developed this itinerary to take in the best of Yosemite. Hike the Yosemite High Country with a professional hiking guide and wilderness cook, a wonderful way to experience Yosemite.
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. Being a backpacking trip, everyone is responsible for carrying their own gear as well as their share of any group gear.
Our guides carry emergency two-way satellite communications devices at all times.
This is a guided 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 hiking experience is required.
YOSEMITE GRAND TOUR 2018 DATES:
YOSEMITE GRAND TOUR 2019 DATES:
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 and eating utensils if needed
- Tents, all group camping gear and permits
- One night camping in Tuolumne Meadows with dinner the night before the hike begins
YOSEMITE GRAND HIKING TOUR ITINERARY
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 1
We meet at Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite High Country at 5pm and then go to our campsite to discuss the itinerary and do a pack check. Afterwards we enjoy a fine camp dinner and campfire.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 2
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +270'/ -900'
We hike North towards Glen Aulin, passing beautiful meadows and waterfalls to make camp in the vicinity of Glen Aulin. An all downhill day… perfect for the first day!
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 3
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1000'/ -1000'
We leave camp early and continue downstream with lightweight packs along the Tuolumne River to explore and photograph the famous Waterwheel and California Falls returning to our same camp near Glen Aulin for the night.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 4
Distance: 5 mies
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1000'/ -350'
Traveling back South we make our way to camp by a beautiful secluded a lake that is seldom visited.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 5
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1200'/ -700'
Continuing South, we make our way to Tenaya Lake where we cross the road and pick up our resupply, then hike to Sunrise Lakes where we make camp for the night.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 6
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1200'/ -2800'
We leave our Sunrise Lake camp and ascend towards Cloud's Rest. After taking in more incredible mountain vistas from atop Yosemite's largest granite face, we make our way towards Sunrise Creek where we establish our Half Dome base camp for the evening.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 7
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1400' / -1400'
From our Sunrise Creek base camp we hike to the summit of Half Dome via the famous "Cable Route". The summit offers stellar views of the Yosemite Valley floor, 4,000 ft below. We descend back to our base camp and move camp a few miles towards Merced Lake. Using a base camp allows you to hike Half Dome with a very lightweight pack and summit before the crowds. Arriving back at camp around Lunch time, we break camp and continue along the trail towards Merced Lake for a few more miles.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 8
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +2500'/ -1300'
Passing Merced Lake, we then ascend towards Vogelsang high in the Cathedral Range where we make camp along a high alpine lake and enjoy our last night in the wilderness.
Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour Day 9
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/ Loss: +1200/- 1400
Passing over Tuolumne Pass, we descend into the Lyell Canyon and then follow the serenely beautiful Tuolumne River back to the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows.
Itinerary subject to change & camp locations and distances each day remain flexible.