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Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley via Half Dome
Yosemite National Park - 5 days (27 miles)

This Yosemite backpacking adventure takes in some of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the world. Also a great introduction to backpacking and trekking for those with previous hiking experience, this trek takes us from the high alpine Tuolumne Meadows down to the amazing Yosemite Valley.

Hikes to the top of Clouds Rest and the summit of Half Dome add spectacular side trips to this classic Yosemite backpack. We take the historic "cable route" to the summit of Half Dome, Yosemite's most famous summit.

Along the way we enjoy tranquil alpine lakes and whispering pine forests. All with a net elevation loss of over 4,000 ft! After leaving the trail head at Tuolumne Meadows, We explore the Sunrise Lakes area before hiking down past the amazing vistas of Clouds Rest and on to our Half Dome basecamp where we make camp neasr Sunrise Creek. After a summit of Half Dome, we hike down the famous Mist Trail into Yosemite Valley.

A great way to see the Yosemite high country in style.

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For Yosemite High Country travel and lodging information visit our Tuolumne Meadows Travel Page

For other Sierra Nevada backpacking and trekking trips see our main Trekking/Backpacking page.

Location: We meet at Yosemite Valley and take the Park shuttle to the trail head. We end up back in Yosemite Valley at the end of the trek.

Food: At California Alpine Guides we strive to provide healthy and delicious gourmet backcountry meals. Breakfast and dinner are provided by your guide / backcountry chef while in the field. Special diets can be accommodated.

Level: No previous backpacking experience is required. Previous hiking experience is required. Good physical condition.

Dates 2015: Jul 9-12, Jul 30-Aug 2, Sep 10-13
Custom dates available from July through September

Cost: $725 per person


  • Breakfast and dinner while in the field
  • Professional mountain guides and instruction
  • All group camping gear and permits.
  • Shuttle fee from Yosemite Valley to the trail at Tuolumne Meadows

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