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Yosemite Backpacking - Half Dome

San Bernardino Campus: 800am Friday - 1000pm Tuesday
Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, August 14th at 500pm. Location: TBDBreathtakingly beautiful! Trip Category: Backpacking Trips, Sb Trips
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Yosemite Backpacking - Half Dome Flyer

Yosemite National Park is one of the first wilderness parks and most popular in the United States. Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but within it’s nearly 1,200 square miles you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. While there we will be backpacking through the park starting at the iconic Glacier Point on Saturday to Illilouette Creek, where we will camp for the night. On Sunday we will hike to our next camp spot at the junction of the John Muir Trail and the trail to Half Dome. Monday morning we will enjoy an early ascent of the most iconic rock in Yosemite, Half Dome. After enjoying the views we will hike into Yosemite Valley to camp in Backpackers Camp and explore all the valley has to offer. On our way home on Tuesday there will be opportunities to see various waterfalls and, of course, the classic tunnel view of Yosemite Valley

Day 1: Let’s get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! We will meet at the SRWC at 8:00 am, gather our gear and begin the drive (about 6.5-hour drive). Along the way, we will stop for lunch and dinner (not included). We will arrive at a campground near Glacier point where we will set up camp and spend the night.

Day 2: On day 2 we will begin backpacking through the park starting from Glacier Point to Illiloquette Creek. From here we will set up camp, make dinner and prepare for more backpacking tomorrow.

Day 3: On Sunday we will wake up to have any early morning breakfast. Once done we will pack up camp and hike 8 miles to little Yosemite. Along the way, we will stop for lunch and refill our water at Nevada Falls. Once at little Yosemite, we will set up camp and continue our hike. We will summit Half Dome, where we will take in the breathtaking views and then return back to camp. At camp, we will enjoy dinner and stargazing.

Day 4: Beginning Monday, we will start our day early, pack up camp and begin our hike down to Backpacker’s Camp. This 7-mile hike will take us into Yosemite Valley where we will be camping. From here, we will shuttle to Yosemite Lodge for a dinner out (not included) and then head back to camp to sleep.

Day 5: On our last day, we will wake up for some breakfast, pack up camp and meander in the woods. Along our way home, we will see waterfalls and the classic tunnel view of Yosemite Valley. We will also stop for dinner along the way home (not provided) and arrive back to the SRWC no later than 10:00 PM.

The itinerary is subject to change pending reservations.


Sign Up Deadline: Monday, August 14th at 500pm
Open to Ages: 18+ or CSUSB Student || Activity Level: Level 4 - Vigorous, up to 5-8 hours of activity per day
Student and SRWC Member: $150 | Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $180 | Affiliate: $195 | Community Member: $300