Backpack to Half Dome: Two-Nights via Clouds Rest- Trip 3 September 17-20, 2015
Join us for a backpacking trip along a classic Yosemite Wilderness route during this two-night outing to Half Dome via Clouds Rest. Enjoy a two-night guided backpack adventure with an experienced naturalist guide who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Thursday evening get-together at Tuolumne Meadows Campground where you'll review the trail, safety tips and Leave No Trace ethics. On Friday morning, leave your backpack at the trail junction and carry your daypack to ascend to the summit of Clouds Rest, where you can marvel at the magnificent 360-degree views. Rejoin with your backpack at the trail junction to. continue down to the John Muir Trail junction and camp for two nights near Sunrise Creek. A Half Dome ascent is an option early on day two, again with only your day pack. You will return to the same campsite. On Sunday, hike out along the same trail and return to your vehicles at the Sunrise Trailhead. En route, your guide will share stories behind the park's fascinating geology, and you'll have ample opportunities for fantastic photography.
In addition to camping during the trip, the Experience Package includes camping before and after the trip at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Tuolumne Meadows on Sept 17 & 20. Camping before and after is not required to participate. Park entry is also included, as needed, along with your Half Dome, wilderness permits and bear canister rental.
Hiking: Challenging, with altitude, ascending and descending mountain trails; about 27 miles roundtrip. Prior backpacking experience is recommended. Optional: early morning ascent of the exposed cable route to the summit of Half Dome; 9 tough miles round-trip on Saturday. For the whole trip, there will be 14.6 miles roundtrip with your full pack on and 12.6 miles with your day pack only.
Elevation: Friday starting at 8,150' to 10,000 for the Clouds Rest summit then dropping down to camp at 7,800' for both nights. From camp, ascend from 7,800' to 8,842' for the Half Dome summit. On the last day, hike from camp at 7,800' to 8,150' at the Sunrise Trailhead.
Experience package: $279
Leader: Pete Devine
Item #: 853
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