Wilderness Skills Backpack: Young Lakes and Mount Conness

Wilderness Skills Backpack: Young Lakes and Mount Conness

Experience a challenging and rewarding wilderness adventure in Yosemite's incomparable high country with an expert naturalist guide.
August 29, 2019 to September 1, 2019

Sharpen your wilderness skills on a three-day guided backpacking trip in Yosemite’s incomparable high country. Join fellow adventurers and an experienced naturalist guide for a challenging but rewarding trek starting from Lembert Dome. Spend Friday hiking to Young Lakes (10,000 feet), where you’ll set up a base camp for the weekend. On Saturday, head cross-country to Mount Conness (12,590 feet), and scramble safely to the summit. After recharging with another night under the stars, you’ll hike back out to Tuolumne Meadows.

Throughout the long weekend, you’ll learn how to navigate tricky, off-trail terrain, identify alpine wildflowers and wildlife, explore the area’s natural history, and connect with other Yosemite-lovers. By Sunday afternoon, you’ll be ready to take on your own peak-bagging adventure!

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of guided backpacking in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Start at 8 am on Friday, August 30, through 4 pm on Sunday, September 1 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, August 28, at Tuolumne Meadows Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping among all participants before and after the trip (as needed, Thursday, August 29, and Sunday, September 1) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground.
  • Bear-canister rental (as needed) and Wilderness permits.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. 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: Intermediate. Participants must be physically fit, and prior backpacking experience is preferred.
Hiking: Strenuous. 12 miles round-trip to Young Lakes base camp, plus 6-mile round-trip day hike with scrambling to Mount Conness.
Elevation Range: 8,600 feet (Tuolumne Meadows)–12,590 feet (Mount Conness).
Registration price: $299
View a suggested backpacking packing list.