Overnight Under the Milky Way – Trip 1

Overnight Under the Milky Way – Trip 1

Experience Yosemite under the stars on a one-night guided backpacking trip.
July 4, 2019

Yosemite’s night skies are a wilderness treasure and rare resource few people ever have the chance to experience. On this easy guided trip, a great option for first-time backpackers, you’ll hike a mile or two from Ostrander Trailhead on Glacier Point Road before settling in at your campsite for the night: a specially selected spot with open skies, at an elevation low enough to sleep outside under the stars. As night falls, your naturalist guide will point out constellations dotting the dark sky, and you’ll get to enjoy the magical sights of the Milky Way, planets, meteors and more — all from the comfort of your sleeping bag.

Pack your sleeping gear, a tent (just in case!) and simple meals (such as premade sandwiches), and prepare to be dazzled by what you can see on a night out in the mountains.

Included with your registration:

  • One-night backpacking adventure (starting at 5 pm on Thursday, July 4, and finished around 10 am on Friday, July 5).
  • Bear-canister rental and Wilderness permit.
  • Park entry (as needed).

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass. There are no room blocks or campsites for this program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Easy. 3 miles round-trip.
Elevation: 7,000 feet.
Registration Price: $129
View a suggested light backpacking 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.