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Experience Level





9,700–12,000 feet

Registration Fee


On this one-of-a-kind guided backpacking adventure, you’ll explore rugged bighorn habitat on Mount Gibbs and get an inside look at technology and techniques used to track the sheep. In addition to enjoying three days of high-country hiking and hands-on learning, you’ll get to spend time with one of the expert park biologists at the helm of Conservancy-supported efforts to restore bighorn populations in and around Yosemite National Park.

Included with your registration: 

  • Three full days of guided backpacking in the Tuolumne Meadows area (8:30 am on Friday, August 21 through approximately 3 pm on Sunday, August 23  depending on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, August 20 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Bear-canister rental and Yosemite Wilderness permit.
  • Two nights of tent camping at Tuolumne Meadows Campground before and after the trip, as needed (Thursday, August 20 and Sunday, August 23).
    • Our limited camping sites are for participants only. The sites are shared. Tents only. We cannot adjust the dates.
  • Option to upgrade accommodations to Tuolumne Meadows Lodge(Thursday, August 20 and Sunday, August 23).
    • Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites, wilderness permits or bear-canister rental. Information about upgrading your accommodations will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option expires 30 days before the program and does not offer a discount. We cannot adjust the dates.

Please note: Participants must be physically fit, and previous backpacking experience is preferred. This adventure will require 7 miles of hiking round-trip, plus a 3-mile day hike with some scrambling.

View a suggested packing list.