Explore the high sierra or "Range of Light" as John Muir so aptly called it, for the Sierras seem to emit a glow from within. This 3 day, 2 night trip includes guided snowshoe jaunts (in the valley AND on the rim), and 2 nights in a heated tent cabin--it's truly magical!
Snowshoeing is an easy sport to learn and provides you the chance to see the less-traveled wonderland that the Yosemite backcountry offers.
Snowshoe Day 1: Dewey Point, 7.8 miles r/t with incredible views of the valley! Shorter option: 4-mile r/t route through the sierra forest
Snowshoe Day 2: Valley hike to Vernal and Nevada falls along the John Muir Trail--great photo ops!
DATES: Jan. 19-21 & Feb. 9-11, 2018
FRIDAY 1/19: arrive to Yosemite between 3-5pm. Meet your guides at Half Dome Village for check-in. Enjoy dinner on your own before orientation, route talk and snowshoes/poles fitting. Sleep in your heated tent. SATURDAY 1/20: after breakfast, we'll shuttle to Badger Pass Ski Area and head out for Dewey Point, stopping often for breaks and photos. Lunch enjoyed on the trail. Short-option snowshoers will turn around at a designated spot and either wait in the Badger Pass snow lodge for the rest of us to return, or take the shuttle back to Half Dome Village. We'll re-convene for a group dinner at 7pm. SUNDAY 1/21: after breakfast we'll take a 3-mile round-trip hike (unless there's a lot snow, then we'll snowshoe!) along the Merced River to the Vernal Falls Footbridge and back. We'll wrap up and say our goodbyes before 1pm.
Snowshoes and poles, light trail snacks, 2 experienced guides on trail, transportation to/from trailhead on Yosemite shuttle, equipment/packing list (delivered upon registration), 2 nights in a heated tent in Half Dome Village and pre-trip planning phone call. Blankets are provided by Half Dome Village but we recommend bringing your own warm sleeping bag for extra warmth!
What's NOT included?
NOT included: warm winter clothing/gear, transportation to/from Yosemite and food. There is parking at Half Dome Village for personal cars (you will not need them as we'll be using the Yosemite shuttle system all weekend). There is a general store and plenty of restaurants in the valley for food. We recommend bringing your own food for lunches on the trail as well as water and warm tea if you have a thermos! Breakfasts and dinners can be enjoyed at the restaurant at Half Dome Village, or if you have a camp cooking set-up you can do that at your leisure. There are bear boxes provided for each tent.
What Are The Half-Dome Tent Cabins Like?
The wooden cabins feature all the necessities and modern conveniences such as electric wall heaters, electrical outlets and lighting. In keeping with the rustic appeal, there are no TVs or phones. Enjoy your own outdoor deck or patio attached to your cabin, where you can kick back and take in the beautiful sights and relaxing sounds of nature in Yosemite. Daily housekeeping, linens and towels are included. Bed configuration is either one double bed and one single bed, or two double beds. Bathrooms and showers are shared and are located outside the cabins within comfortable walking distance.
Upon booking we'll send you a packing list, what to expect and full, detailed itinerary. In addition, we'll have a phone or email conversation with you to walk you through all the packing/gear details and address any questions you may have. Plus, we'll give you important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. We will be snowshoeing as a group and have plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy the views! NOTE: Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, you will be notified. That being said, some of Yosemite most unique winter phenomena occur in less than ideal weather conditions! If there is not enough snow on the ground, the trip will still run as a HIKING trip. Due to the distance and duration of the snowshoe walk, children will need to be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult.
Directions & Road Conditions
Depending on how you choose to get to the Yosemite, road conditions may be hazardous. Check road conditions before traveling at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roadss. Some roads require you to carry chains so please check before traveling!