Backpack to Half Dome: Through-Hike via Clouds Rest

Backpack to Half Dome: Through-Hike via Clouds Rest

Join our expert guides on a Yosemite challenge unlike any other: Backpack to Half Dome two nights via Clouds Rest along a classic Yosemite wilderness route.
July 18, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Join us for a Yosemite challenge unlike any other: Backpack to Half Dome via Clouds Rest during a two-night adventure with an experienced Yosemite naturalist.

The trip begins with a Thursday-evening get-together in Yosemite Valley, where you’ll review the route, safety tips and Leave No Trace ethics. On Friday morning, head up to Sunrise Lakes Trailhead via bus, and hike a few miles before setting up camp for the night. On Saturday, ascend to the summit of Clouds Rest, bask in the magnificent 360-degree view, then descend the other side and camp near a creek below. On Sunday, get an early start to climb Half Dome and marvel at the Valley from far above, or spend your day exploring the area and relaxing at camp. Descend to Yosemite Valley Sunday afternoon, where your cars will be waiting.

For both the Clouds Rest and Half Dome climbs, you’ll leave your backpack safely below and hike up with only a day pack, leaving you free to focus on the experience without extra weight on your shoulders! Throughout the weekend, your leader will share stories about the park’s fascinating history, wildlife, flora and geology, and you’ll have ample opportunities for fantastic photography.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of guided backpacking from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead near Tuolumne Meadows. Start at 7:30 am on July 19 through around 4 pm on July 21 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, July 18, in Yosemite Valley at Upper Pines Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, July 18 and July 21) in Yosemite Valley.
  • Half Dome and Wilderness permits, and bear-canister rental.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites or bear-canister rental. There is no lodging option for this program other than the included campsites. There is no discount if you choose not to camp.

Experience Level: Advanced. Participants must have previous backpacking experience and be very physically fit.
Hiking: Strenuous. 22-mile through-hike, with optional Half Dome summit.
Elevation Range: 4,000 feet (Yosemite Valley)–9,926 feet (Clouds Rest).
Registration Price: $389
View a suggested backpacking packing list.
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy Guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine is the Resident Naturalist for the Conservancy. Pete has lived in Yosemite for about 20 years, has hiked most of its trails, and explained Yosemite to thousands of park visitors. He has studied the Lyell Glacier, added to the park’s bird studies and trained rangers in history, geology and biology. You may have seen Pete’s work in the ‘Yosemite Frazil Ice’ video.