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6-7 miles/day


8,600-7,900 ft

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Soak up the splendor of Yosemite’s high country during a guided backpacking trip along the Tuolumne River. The trip kicks off with a Thursday evening get-together, where you’ll meet your naturalist guide and fellow adventurers, and review the route, Leave No Trace ethics, and safety tips.

On Friday morning, your three-day out-and-back journey begins! From Tuolumne Meadows, you’ll hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne to set up camp at Glen Aulin, your home for the next two nights. Spend Saturday relaxing by the river or walking to Waterwheel Fall, enjoy a second night under the stars, and then hike back out to Tuolumne Meadows on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, you’ll learn about the plants and animals that live in the Sierra Nevada’s high-elevation habitats, and you’ll have plenty of time to savor the dramatic scenery in this beautiful corner of the park.

Know Before You Go
When: Thursday, July 7 (orientation at 7:30 pm) to Sunday, July 10. Depart for backpacking trip on July 8 at 8 am, return July 10 around 4 pm.
Where: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River
Registration includes: Guided backpacking trip, park entry (as needed), bear-proof canister rental, Yosemite Wilderness permit, and two nights of tent camping at a shared campsite before and after the trip (July 7 and July 10). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
Lodging options: Tent camping (included) or upgrade to a Tuolumne Meadows Lodge tent cabin for an additional cost. There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
Experience level: No experience necessary, but participants must be physically fit and prepared to hike 6–7 miles per day at high elevations.

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.