Day 1 - Arrival in Tuolumne Meadows
Day 2 - Hike to Ten Lakes via Ten Lakes Pass
Day 3 - Ten Lakes Pass to South Fork of the Tuolumne
Day 4 - South Fork to Raisin Lake
Day 5 - Hike to May Lake trailhead; optional hike of Mt HoffmanAccommodations:
- Wilderness First Responder female guides
- Healthy and delicious food
- Group gear (tents, bear cans, & cooking gear/utensils)
This classic women’s backpacking trip starts at White Wolf, crosses over Ten Lakes Pass, passes by May Lake and includes an optional, weather permitting, hike up Mt Hoffman at 10,856ft high with its 360-degree panorama of Yosemite’s high country. This spectacular itinerary is designed for women looking to experience of our nations more amazing national parks by foot. Join us for this one of a kind women’s only backpack!
"The Ten Lakes trip with Call of the Wild was my first backpacking trip, and I couldn't have been happier with my experience. Before the trip, Emilie was so helpful and patient with answering all of my questions. On arriving at the campground the first day, I received a warm welcome from the guides and fellow clients that made me feel instantly comfortable. The guides went above and beyond every day of the trip. They helped us with how to best pack our backpacks, set a hiking pace that was comfortable for everyone's skill level, cooked delicious meals that met everyone's dietary requirements, and even had hot drinks ready for us first thing in the morning. They also helped us identify the various animals and wildflowers that we saw while hiking. The views from the mountain passes, especially those that included the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, were stunning. If you're looking for a trip in a beautiful part of Yosemite under the leadership of highly experienced guides, I would strongly recommend this trip." -R.S. Milwaukee, WI
""Every day brought jaw-dropping vistas of the mountains and valleys of the Sierra Nevada's followed by wildflower strewn meadows, shimmering lakes, and incredible wildlife. (Especially Marmots!) There were so many 'oh my God look at that' moments I quite forgot my sore feet. At the end of each day the compassionate (thank you) and knowledgeable guides cooked us amazing meals, (watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat - I still don't know how they did it from their little bear cans), and shared their vast wilderness experience and tips on walking and 'treading lightly' in a pristine environment. A couple of my favourites were 1. How to get ALL that gear into ONE backpack and make it look and feel like you're going on a day hike. 2. All hale the 'rest step' when faced with a 1000 ft climb. And 3. The encouragement to walk up and out of your personally perceived limitations. When the walk had finished I just wanted to turn around and do it all over again with these ladies. Well, after a hot shower and a hamburger at Tuolumne Meadows of course!" -B.D., Katoomba, Australia
Minimum 4, maximum 10 clients; balance of $575 due by 4/10/14
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Day 1, July 10: Meet at Toulumne Meadows group campground to acclimate (~8,600ft). Aim to arrive by 3pm to have a chance to settle in and be in time for dinner, trip briefing, and group gear distribution.
Day 2, July 11: We will have breakfast in the campground and begin our hike from the Ten Lakes trailhead. From the top of Ten Lakes Pass, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views from Mt Conness south to Matterhorn Peak and the Sawtooth Ridge. Mileage - 6.5 miles. Altitude gain – 8600ft to 9600ft. This will be a long day but bring your swimsuit for some lovely swimming at Ten Lakes!
Day 3, July 12: Hike 6 miles to the South Fork of Cathedral Creek and set up camp. This day has a short climb and get a great view of the expansive Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. We will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the South Fork before our biggest day. Altitude gain - ~700ft.
Day 4, July 13: Hike 6 miles around the base of Tuolumne peak to the lovely and serene Rainsin Lake at ~9,000ft where we will set up another camp and have an opportunity for swimming. On the way, we'll be graced with views of Tenaya Lake, Tenaya Peak, Tressider Peak, and numerous granite domes.
Day 5, July 14: Hike out to May Lake trailheaad. Energetic participants will have the option to do an optional day hike up Mt Hoffman - the geographic center of Yosemite National Park with an expansive panorama included such well-known landmarks as Blackhawk Peak, Matterhom Peak, Mt. Conness, Mt. Dana, Mt. Gibbs, Tuolumne Meadows, Cathedral Peak, Mt. Lyell, Mt. Clark and the Clark Range, Clouds Rest, Half Dome and nearby Mt. Hoffmann. The hike to the summit adds four additional miles and 2300ft gain. Mileage – 5 miles. Altitude lost – 500ft.