Intro to Backpacking: Yosemite Valley’s South Rim

Intro to Backpacking: Yosemite Valley’s South Rim

Learn the basics of backpacking while exploring Yosemite’s stunning scenery.
June 21, 2019 to June 23, 2019

New to backpacking? This is the trip for you! Join one of our naturalist guides for a casual weekend adventure along Yosemite Valley’s scenic south rim. You’ll learn how to load and fit your pack, select and set up a campsite, cook a satisfying camp meal, minimize your impact on your surroundings, and much more. As you dive into backpacking basics, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Valley and far-off peaks from the Pohono Trail, and you will learn about the landscape’s natural and cultural history. By the time you and fellow adventurers hop off the trail at Tunnel View, you’ll be ready to tackle your own overnight trek!

Included with your registration:

  • Two-day backpacking adventure (Saturday, June 22, through Sunday, June 23, at around 4 pm) with an introductory meeting on Friday, June 21, at Upper Pines Campground.
  • Bear-canister rental and Wilderness permit.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation is for Friday, June 21, and Sunday, June 23) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Curry Village will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the start of the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 9-mile through-hike.
Elevation: 7,000 feet.
Registration Price: $279
View a suggested backpacking packing list.
Allison Baggett, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Allison Baggett

Allison Baggett grew up in a small town at the entrance to Yosemite. She has backpacked from Mt. Whitney to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and from Portland, Oregon, to Missoula, Montana, following the route of Lewis and Clark. Allison has worked as a teacher, naturalist, mountain guide and artist since graduating from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She has been trained as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and currently holds a Wilderness First Responder certificate.