Casual Backpack: North Dome & Indian Rock

Casual Backpack: North Dome & Indian Rock

Explore one of Yosemite's most scenic spots at a relaxed pace on a guided backpacking trip.
August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019

Hike your way to one of the most scenic spots in Yosemite! On this weekend backpacking trip, you’ll join fellow adventurers and an experienced naturalist guide for a memorable trek to North Dome, which rises above Royal Arches on the north side of Yosemite Valley. To get there, you’ll make a gentle descent from Tioga Road, ending at a vast granite expanse with jaw-dropping views of Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon and distant Sierra peaks. Relax on the dome, or enjoy an optional short side hike to Indian Rock, a rare natural granite arch. Whatever you choose, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the area’s flora, fauna, geology and history.

After spending the night camped out under a full moon, you’ll pack out to your starting trailhead — and we guarantee you’ll be eager to get back to North Dome whenever you get the chance.

Included with your registration:

  • Two full days of guided backpacking, starting Saturday, August 17, at 8 am lasting, until 3 pm on Sunday, August 18 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Friday, August 16, at Tuolumne Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, August 16 and August 18) at Tuolumne Campground.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites or bear-canister rental. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 10 miles round-trip, with optional 1-mile round-trip to Indian Rock. Note: There is no water on North Dome, so participants will need to hike in enough water for two days.
Elevation Range: 7,500 feet (North Dome)–8,000 feet (Tioga Road).
Registration Price: $229
View a suggested backpacking packing list.