Solstice Backpack Trek to Devil’s Dancefloor

June 20, 2014 to June 21, 2014

Soak up the sun on the longest day of the year at one of Yosemite’s secret spots. Only six lucky people will be on this special journey, which will include yoga, writing, gear and amazing food prepared for you. Devil’s Dancefloor is a large expanse of flat granite not far from Yosemite Valley. Enjoy an off-trail excursion to visit this lesser-known attraction, coupled with an uplifting sunrise yoga session to transition from one season to another on the day of maximum sunlight in one of the world’s best “yoga studios.” Your experience will be enriched by learning about Yosemite’s flora and fauna, geology and human history. Yosemite Conservancy partners with the nonprofit Balanced Rock Foundation for this relaxing and enlightening trek. The journey will begin at noon Friday and conclude around 4 pm Saturday.

Experience package includes camping June 19 & 21 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls June 21. Both packages include gear, delicious healthy food (Friday lunch and dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch are included) and wilderness permit. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. View a list of what you need to bring and what is provided.

Hiking: Moderate; about 3 miles
Elevation: 6,200'–6,800'
Experience package: $299
Leaders: Heather Sullivan and Pete Devine
Heather Sullivan, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of Balanced Rock and is now the Program Director. Heather is both a yoga instructor and an accomplished backcountry guide with Yosemite destinations and trips in the Himalayas. She has been a NatureBridge (formerly Yosemite Institute) field instructor, a Volunteer Mountaineering Ranger in Denali National Park in Alaska, and Naturalists at Large instructor. Her yoga classes blend Ashtanga flow, Iyengar alignment, a strong connection to the rhythms of the natural world.

Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is the now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier for twenty years, and he serves as a Yosemite Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".