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Valley in White - Overnight at Yosemite's Glacier Point (MLK day weekend)

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  • Yosemite National Park

    1 Ahwanhee Dr, Curry Village, CA (map)

    37.747086 -119.573608

  • Price: $70.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • RSVP Note: Please add yourself to the waitlist only if you are reasonably sure to attend it if added. You will not be added if you have had a history of last minute cancellations or no-shows.

    You can either snowshoe OR ski with backpack from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area to Glacier Point.

    This event is subject to weather conditions.


    Organizer: Deepak 

    Location: Yosemite National Park

    Weather: Yosemite Weather Report

    Fees: $70 (includes Friday night accommodation at Half Dome Village tent cabin on triple sharing basis & wilderness permits)

    Payment due date: 7 days from the date you are added. refundable in full upto 7 days before the trip is a suitable replacement is found

    Group size: Max 10

    Difficulty: 7/10

    Technical difficulty: Non-technical. Winter grade - 1, Summer grade - Not applicable

    Skills required: Backpacking, snowshoeing or skiing (10 miles) on gentle inclines, camping (summer or winter)

    Trail condition: Machine groomed snow trail on summer roads

    Distance / Gain: See itinerary

    Guests: No

    Toilet: Half Dome Village (+showers), Glacier Point

    Permits: Yosemite Wilderness permits required, will be taken care of by event host


    Snow chain rules may be in full effect in Yosemite. You can either get chains for your car and drive to Yosemite Valley, or take the YARTS shuttle from Fresno / Merced.

    Option #1: Driving

    Directions: Follow I-5 N and CA-99 N to CA-41 N in Fresno. Take exit 131 from CA-99 N. Continue on CA-41 N. Drive to Southside Dr in Mariposa County

    Entrance fee: Entrance fee of $30 per car (interagency pass accepted) 

    Parking: Curry Village parking lot

    Option #2: YARTS shuttle from Fresno / Merced (No entrance fee needed)

    Schedule: YARTS routes & schedules

    Around Yosemite: Free Valley Shuttle, Free Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Shuttle


    Accommodation - Friday night @ Half Dome Village (Tent Cabin). Saturday night @ Glacier Point (camping)

    What to bring & wear: General lists - Backpacking Equipment List and Day Hike Equipment List. Since this is a winter trip you will also need - Snowshoes or skies, hiking poles with snow baskets. Also recommended are snow goggles, 4 season tent (or sturdy 3 season tent), bear canister

    Food: Bring along dinner to share for Friday night potluck. Suitable backpacking food for Sunday & Monday. Stores at Half Dome Village



    Day 1 (Saturday January 14): *Travel + Yosemite Falls*. Meet at Half Dome Village by noon. Short hike to Lower Yosemite falls, early potluck dinner at Swinging Bridge Picnic area. Stay the night in Half Dome Village tent cabins. Distance / gain for the day: ~2 miles / negligible

    Day 2 (Sunday January 15): *To Glacier Point*. Drive or take the free shuttle to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area. Backpack to Glacier Point. Optional side trip to Taft Point based on available time. Set up camp for the night. Distance / gain for the day: 10.5 miles / 1250' accumulated with backpack & snowshoes

    Glacier point camping area has a toilet (open in winter)

    Day 3 (Monday January 16 - MLK day): *Return from Glacier Point*. View the sunrise over Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point lookout. Return backpack to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area. Take shuttle back to the valley / drive back (last shuttle back to valley around 4:30pm). Distance / gain for the day: 10.5 miles / 1250' accumulated with backpack & snowshoes


    Venue Description:

    Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.

    Yosemite National Park is open year-round and is particularly beautiful covered with a blanket of snow. Winter is the quietest season in the park and you may feel like you have Yosemite all to yourself. 

    Winter in Yosemite 

    Yosemite Webcams


    Our Mission:

    To lift people up through hiking.

    Our Policy:

    We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event.

    Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

    Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

    Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

    No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.



    If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

    If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

    Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

    Release of Liability:

    The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

    By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

    US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

    By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier, fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.

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  • Deepak (.

    Winter has looked on the sierras! 9/22 is the winter equinox (?). Boreal mountain near Donner summit, jobs peak (both around Tahoe) have had the seasons first snowfall. Sonora pass (ca 108) is temporarily closed due to snow. Yay!!!

    2 · September 23

  • Deepak (.

    Once you are confirmed, please paypal the event fees within the next 7 days to confirm your spot, after which you will be removed from the list otherwise. check your message for my email id.

    September 8

    • Deepak (.

      early dates, since reservations are hard to get during the long weekend

      September 8

  • Deepak (.

    If you are on waitlist and wish to join, please message me with your backpacking + winter hiking experience.

    September 2

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  • Deepak (. +7
    Director, Level 10, Contributor +, S16, Assistant Organizer,
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    In search of my next big adventure, always!

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  • John
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    Love to be on a hike, weekend backpacking, skiing, photography and run

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  • Kim T.
    Hike Partner +, S16, Assistant Organizer

    Always on the lookout for the next challange!

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