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Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley w/ Half Dome. 8 Days!

Trip hosted by Michael Booth.

3 spots still available as of June 31.

In conjunction with the California Backpacking Club. (to check on updated availability and to sign up, please visit the page below)

Participating in this epic and world class adventure will require pre qualification. Attendees will be hand selected by the Event HOST. Interested participants should email the EH with intent. EH will respond by email with the next steps. 

This 9 day trip will be an 8-day, 58 mile trek through some awesome scenery with one day travel by bus. This is presented as an Intermediate level trip with most days being 8 or less miles, giving lots of time for side trips or just leisure.

Cost per person is $86.

Inclusions: Wilderness permit for 6 people, Bus fare on YARTS, Bus fare on Shuttle 

Exclusions: Entry fee to Yosemite National Park, transportation to/from meetup location, in park shuttle fees if applicable, in park concessions, anything else not covered in the inclusions above.

Meetup Location: Exact location and time to be published soon

After meeting up on Saturday morning, we will stash a resupply at the Tuolumne Meadows ranger station Bear Boxes then race back to the Valley to catch the YARTS bus. (Carrying just 4-5 days of food each leg means lighter packs) 

We start Saturday afternoon in Yosemite Valley  and ride the YARTS bus 2 hours to Mammoth Lakes village, arriving in the evening. We spend one night in the village. The hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each member. More on sharing rooms later. 

7/12 Sat: Pick up YARTS bus at the Visitors Center in Yosemite Valley at 4 pm. Ride bus to Mammoth and stay the night.

7/13 Sun: We will check over our packs and take a short shuttle bus ride to Red’s Meadow. Our first Day’s hike will take us about 5 miles to the Trinity Lakes.

7/14 Mon: Day 2’s hike rolls along, in and out of the trees, into the alpine, along countless lakes to a camp on the shore of beautiful Garnet Lake underneath Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. 7.5 miles.

7/15 Tue: 7 miles. By Thousand Island Lake, through Island Pass to a Camp in headwaters of Rush Creek.

7/16 Wed: After a short uphill to Donahue Pass and into Yosemite National Park, the bulk of the day will be gently downhill into deep, monolithic Lyell Canyon. 9 miles

7/17 Thu: Day 5 of this trip probably holds one of the mellowest sections of trail in the High Sierra. We’ll hike about 6 miles before lunch, take a resupply (and ice cream!) break at Tuolumne Meadows and motor on another 4 miles to Cathedral Lakes.

7/18 Fri: From Cathedral Lakes, we climb to Cathedral Pass, drop down past Columbia Finger, through Sunrise High Sierra Camp, up a minor pass and down to a camp in the headwaters of Sunrise Creek. 8 miles.

7/19 Sat: Today’s the Peak Bagger’s Day! We’ll move camp a short ways and have opportunities to climb Cloud’s Rest and/or Half Dome. Not too many people get a chance to hit both these on the same day. (The Wilderness permit will allow us to summit Half Dome)

7/20 Sun: The last day, all downhill, back into civilization. We’ll plunge downhill past Little Yosemite Valley, Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. We’ll finish the day at Curry village on the floor of spectacular Yosemite Valley. We’ll make time to have a pizza dinner and maybe score a shower before heading home.

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