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6-7 miles


10,000-13,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Starting at 10,000 feet elevation, over the course of the day we’ll gain over 3,000 feet. This hike starts through pocket meadows then ascends, and winds between gardens of alpine flowers all the while surrounded by trees. Watch for the sphinx moth as it darts amongst the purple blooms! As we emerge from the trees the terrain will become rocky with outstanding views of the surrounding peaks. Meanwhile, your naturalist will tell you stories about the people of Tuolumne, the stewards of the park, and the formation of a national icon. Eventually, we’ll reach the summit, 13,057 feet above sea level! From there the 360-degree view (including Mono Lake, the Cathedral Range, and much more), well, you just must see it!

This is a difficult hike, but the rewards are significant; beautiful flowers, breath taking vistas, and the satisfaction of reaching the 2nd highest summit in Yosemite! Looking for an experience of a lifetime? This one is it!

Know Before You Go:

  • Program date: Saturday, August 5, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Program location: Mount Dana
  • 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 4 after 12pm and depart August 6 by 11am. There are three 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: Participants should have prior hiking experience at high elevations over 10,000′, be physically fit, and be prepared for a strenuous 5-6 mile roundtrip hike. We recommend training in advance by hiking up hills or stairs while carrying a pack.

What’s not included:

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

View a suggested packing list.