A Yosemite hiking and off-trail backpacking adventure to the summit of spectacular Mt Conness - one of the most sought after summits in Yosemite National Park.

We meet and spend the night in spectacular Tuolumne Meadows in the high country of Yosemite National Park and then hike North to the scenic Young Lakes near the base of Mount Conness. From Young Lakes we summit Mt. Conness via the standard off-trail route involving steep hiking with some exposure.

Climbing Mount Conness involves basic off-trail hiking skills and is a perfect adventure for those with just a little backpacking or hiking experience who want a bit more of a challenge. Along the way we enjoy good food, good camaraderie and stellar views. A fun and rewarding Yosemite backcountry adventure.

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 to see the Yosemite high country in style.

This is a backpacking trip in which everyone carries their own gear and a share of the group gear and supplies.




Very good physical conditioning is required. The ability to hike off trail on uneven terrain. Previous backpacking experience is recommended.


Custom Dates

Custom dates available July though September



COST: Custom Rates


  • 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

Mt. Conness Summit Hike Itinerary

Mt Conness: Day 1

We meet in the late afternoon or early evening (TBD) at Tuolumne Meadows. We will have a campsite available in Tuolumne Meadows and enjoy a good dinner around the campfire, conduct a pack check and discuss the trip.

Mt Conness: Day 2 
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1800'/ -300'

We start our hike at Lambert Dome Trailheads, hiking north towards Young Lakes where we set up a basecamp. The basecamp has stunning views of Ragged Peak which towers over Lower and Upper Young Lakes.   We spend the rest of the afternoon lounging around the lake and enjoying the beauty of Tuolumne Meadow.  

Mt Conness: Day 3
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss
: +2200'/-2200'

We start hiking early, towards Mt Conness on the climbers trail.  This is a rough trail/off trail hike with some exposure near the top. Eventually we top out on the Conness plateau and make our way towards the summit. After enjoying a 360 degree views of  the Yosemite high country, we make our way back to basecamp for a good nights rest. 

Mt Conness: Day 4
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +600'/-2100'

After a leisurely breakfast, we hike out via the Dog Lakes Trail completing the second half of the Young Lakes backpacking loop.  Usually we arrive at the cars around 2-3 pm