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Experience Level

Easy

Hiking

4-5 miles

Elevation

4,000 feet

Registration Fee

$179

Program Overview: Curious about the park’s granite walls? Want to spend a beautiful autumn day in Yosemite Valley? This adventure is for you!

On this weekend tour of the Valley, you’ll get a firsthand look at an activity that draws thousands of people to the park each year: rock climbing. No need to bring ropes and carabiners — there’s no climbing involved in this program, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the vertical wilderness from the ground!

Your climbing-themed adventure includes two partial days of guided programs, on Saturday afternoon and for part of the day on Sunday. You’ll get an up-close look at world-famous formations such as El Capitan and Half Dome, as well as lesser-known climbing and bouldering spots. Find out why Yosemite is such a hub for climbing, learn about the geology and ecology of the vertical wilderness, and dive into climbing history, techniques, gear and conservation ethics.

For a pre-trip introduction to the world of Yosemite climbing, check out our Ask a Climber FAQs!

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3
  • Where: Yosemite Valley
  • Registration includes: Guided programs (two partial days), park entry (as needed), and three nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (October 1, 2 and 3). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging options: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Curry Village for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

View a suggested packing list.

COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.