Backpack to Half Dome: One-Night Summit Express – Trip 1

Backpack to Half Dome: One-Night Summit Express – Trip 1

Enjoy a one-night backpack adventure summiting Half Dome with an experienced naturalist guide.
July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Whether you are looking to tackle Half Dome for the first time or want the thrill of standing on the summit with new friends, this is an unforgettable experience that is sure to top your list of things to do in Yosemite! Enjoy a one-night backpack adventure with an experienced naturalist, who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Friday-evening get-together in Yosemite Valley, followed by a Saturday-morning backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, where you will camp for the night at a comfortable site that includes bear-proof food lockers and restrooms. On Sunday, hike to the Half Dome cables, and make your ascent, savoring your time at the summit before the heat, crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. You’ll get back down to Yosemite Valley in time to enjoy a well-deserved cold beverage, as you recount your amazing adventure with a group of new friends.

Preview the wonders of Half Dome before you experience it in person: Yosemite Nature Notes: Half Dome.


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Included with your registration:

  • Two full days of guided backpacking from Yosemite Valley. Start at 7:30 am on July 28, through 5 pm or earlier on July 29 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Friday, July 27, at Upper Pines Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, July 27 and July 29) at Upper Pines Campground.
  • Half Dome and wilderness permits.
  • There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.
  • Note: Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Half Dome Village will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.
Experience level: Must have prior backpacking experience and be physically fit
Hiking: Very strenuous, including the exposed cable ascent to the summit; 17 miles round-trip; nine miles with full backpack
Elevation: 4,000 feet–8,800 feet
Registration price: $279
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Margaret Glover

Margaret Glover grew up in Atlanta, and studied genetics and biology at the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked in plant genetics research — but before long, wanderlust kicked in, and she left the lab to spend a year working, traveling and climbing in Southeast Asia. When she returned to the U.S., she moved to Yosemite to join the team at NatureBridge, a national environmental science nonprofit. As a NatureBridge educator, she gets to teach diverse students about the complexity and importance of natural environments, and has been able to explore and learn about the incredible Sierra Nevada landscape that she now calls home.