Backpack to Half Dome: Two-Night Summit Challenge – Trip 3

Backpack to Half Dome: Two-Night Summit Challenge – Trip 3

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash. Enjoy a two-night backpack adventure, as you summit Half Dome with an expert naturalist guide.
September 12, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Whether you are looking to tackle Half Dome for the first time, or you want the thrill of standing on the summit with new friends, this is an unforgettable experience that is sure to top your list of things to do in Yosemite! Enjoy a two-night backpacking adventure with an experienced naturalist, who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Thursday-evening get-together in Yosemite Valley, followed by a Friday-morning backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, where you will camp for two nights at a comfortable site that includes bear-proof food lockers and restrooms. On Saturday, leave your backpack at camp, and hike to the Half Dome cables carrying only a daypack. Make your ascent, savoring your time at the summit before the heat, crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. On Sunday morning, pack up camp, and enjoy a leisurely hike down the John Muir Trail, returning to Yosemite Valley in time to enjoy a well-deserved cold beverage, as you recount your amazing adventure with a group of new friends.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of guided backpacking from Yosemite Valley. Start at 8 am on September 13, through 4 pm or earlier on September 15 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, September 12, at Upper Pines Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, September 12 and September 15) at Upper Pines Campground.
  • Half Dome and Wilderness permits.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites or bear-canister rental. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Curry Village will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Advanced. Participants must have prior backpacking experience and be physically fit.
Hiking: Very strenuous. 17 miles round-trip, including the exposed cable route and 9 miles with full backpack.
Elevation Range: 4,000 feet–8,800 feet.
Registration price: $329
View a suggested backpacking packing list.
Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary is passionate about teaching people of all ages to develop appreciation for the natural world. She spent ten summers in the Adirondack Mountains helping connect youth to wilderness, and has since instructed at numerous environmental education centers across California and Oregon. After being assigned to lead a California Conservation Corps (CCC) backcountry trail crew for five months in the Yosemite high country 20 years ago, Andrea fell in love with the region, settling just outside the park to raise her family. She has now spent more than 18 years teaching classes on both the natural and human history of Yosemite to CCC trail crews, and has enjoyed countless adventures in Yosemite’s front and backcountry. She is excited to guide you on a trip that will leave you with some equally incredible memories!