Young Lakes Backpack Trek

July 27, 2014 to July 30, 2014

See the best of Yosemite’s high country on this spectacular backpacking trek to the Young Lakes alpine basin, north of Tuolumne Meadows. This trip kicks off with an optional day hike on Sunday; meet at 12 pm at Tuolumne Meadows to acclimate to the elevation and enjoy getting to know each other. On Sunday evening, the group will discuss the upcoming trek, safety and Leave No Trace ethics. Start Monday morning near Lembert Dome, go past Dog Lake and Ragged Peak, and set up basecamp for two nights at a beautiful High Sierra lake. You’ll have a chance to summit Mt. Conness and take in astounding views of the High Sierra from one the highest peaks in Yosemite. Your experienced naturalist will share fun facts about the area’s natural history, while you enjoy good company amid the grand mountain scenery. On Wednesday, we’ll hike back to Tuolumne Meadows, returning around 4 pm.

Experience package includes camping July 27 & 30 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground, entry into Yosemite, wilderness permits and a bear canister.

Hiking: Moderate to challenging; about 7 miles to/from camp, with a 6 mile round-trip day hike
Elevation: 8,600'–10,000'
Experience package: $269
Leader: Dick Ewart
Dick Ewart, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Dick Ewart

Dick Ewart a veteran hiker and skier, has been a ranger-naturalist in Yosemite for over thirty years. He has hiked most of the park’s 800 miles of trails. His BA degree in biol­ogy is from the University of New Hampshire and his New England accent is as strong as ever. Dick spends his summers presenting naturalist programs at Glacier Point, and his winters leading snowshoe hikes at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.