Backpack Half Dome via Clouds Rest #2

August 21, 2014 to August 24, 2014

This outing is so popular, we are offering it three times! Experience a classic Yosemite Wilderness route during this two-night outing, where you will trek across the most stunning landscapes this park has to offer. This trip kicks off with a Thursday-evening meeting in Tuolumne Meadows Campground to discuss the following three days on the trail, safety and Leave No Trace ethics. Begin the trek Friday morning by wading across the outlet of Tenaya Lake, then making the ascent toward camp near Sunrise Lakes. On day two, hike to the top of Clouds Rest, and take in magnificent views, followed by a descent to Little Yosemite Valley. A Half Dome ascent is an option early on day three before ending your adventure in Yosemite Valley. A shuttle will return you to Tuolumne Meadows. En route, you’ll encounter fascinating geology and have ample opportunities for fantastic photography.

Experience package includes camping Aug. 21 & 24 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Tuolumne Lodge on August 21. Information about upgrading your package will be emailed once you have registered. Both packages include Half Dome and wilderness permits, and a bear canister. View a suggested packing list for these programs.

This program is also offered July 24–27 and August 28-31.

Take a quick glimpse of Half Dome by viewing Yosemite Nature Notes: Half Dome.

Hiking: Challenging, with altitude, ascending and descending mountain trails; about 17 miles. Optional: early morning ascent of the exposed cable route to the summit of Half Dome; 4 tough miles round-trip
Elevation: 4,000'–10,000'
Experience package: $269
Leader: Glen Young
Glen Young, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Glen Young

Glen Young was born in the flatlands of Michigan. After completing a Master’s in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management in New Zealand, Glen worked as an alpine guide, and in the fields of international, environmental, and outdoor education throughout the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii). He also worked abroad in Canada, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Peru where he led study abroad programs and adventure education activities.