5 nights camping
Yosemite Classic Backpack
Clouds Rest Summit,
Half Dome Climb, Swimming Holes
this post-Labor Day trip when there are few people on the Yosemite trails
and the weather is still warm. This classic 39-mile backpacking
trip starts in Yosemite
takes us up the wild Merced
We'll pass many gorgeous waterfalls and swimming pools as we
loop around to join the John Muir Trail.
granite domes and other obvious topographic features in this
country make it a perfect trip for beginning map readers to
practice reading topographical maps. Your guides will show you
cross over Clouds Rest at 9926’ before focusing on our
next challenge – Half Dome. Our Half Dome camp is remote,
yet only three miles from the final approach to the summit.
We'll ascend Yosemite's
most famous landmark by the non-technical hikers' route that
has banister-like cables leading to the summit. What a feeling
of accomplishment when you stand on the summit of Half Dome!
You'll see sweeping views of Yosemite
Valley, Tenaya Canyon,
and the far reaches of the high Sierra. Bring the camera!
down to the valley follows the Merced
passes Little Yosemite Valley, Vernal and Nevada Falls,
and ends at Happy Isles.
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September 10-17, 2009
- Rating: Moderate
- Cost: $850
- Deposit: $300
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