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

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

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash. Enjoy a one-night backpack adventure summiting Half Dome with an experienced naturalist guide.
July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019

Whether you are looking to tackle Half Dome for the first time, or you 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.

Included with your registration:

  • Two full days of guided backpacking from Yosemite Valley. Start at 7:30 am on July 27, through 5 pm or earlier on July 28 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Friday, July 26, at Upper Pines Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, July 26 and July 28) at Upper Pines Campground.
  • Half Dome and Wilderness permits.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. 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: Advanced. Participants must have prior backpacking experience and be physically fit.
Hiking: Very strenuous. 17-miles round-trip, including the exposed cable route and 9 miles with full backpack.
Elevation Range: 4,000 feet–8,800 feet.
Registration price: $279
View a suggested backpacking packing list.