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6-7 miles


9,600-11,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Join us for a hike into the alpine with exciting views, extensive flora, and a wealth of fascinating history. Starting at just below 10,000 feet, the group will gain 1,000 feet of elevation within the first mile, then drop into Gaylor Lakes. During this trip, we’ll explore the high-elevation lakes and the flora that surround them.

Next, we’ll explore the history of the Great Sierra Consolidating Silver Mining Company and discuss the impact this mining district had on the development of Yosemite National Park. While resting in the ruins of the mining office, you’ll hear stories of success and failure endured during the harshest conditions imaginable.

We’ll finish our 5-6 mile hike with breathtaking views of Mount Dana, Dana Meadows, and the many outstanding granite peaks in Yosemite’s high country.

Know Before You Go:

  • Program dates: Sunday, August 4, 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Program location: Gaylor Lakes out of Tuolumne Meadows
  • What’s included: One full day of guided instruction by a Yosemite Naturalist, park entry (as needed), and shared tent camping (camping dates cannot be altered). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Camping dates: Participants can arrive on August 3 after 12pm and must depart August 5. There are two shared campsites among all the participants. We guarantee tent camping only. If you choose to bring a recreational vehicle, we cannot guarantee you will have a parking spot. Please be prepared to tent camp. A picnic table, bear locker and firepit are provided at each site. Campsites fit 6 people per site.
  • Campground Location: White Wolf
  • Lodging: N/A
  • Experience level: Must be physically fit to walk at elevation with a backpack.

What’s not included:

  • Gear or meals during your program.
  • Camping gear or meals in the shared campsites.
  • Transportation.

View a suggested packing list.