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4-5 miles/day


4,800-6,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Join one of our naturalist guides for a casual summer adventure in southern Yosemite. This trip is great for beginning backpackers, or for anyone seeking a relaxing weekend in a

The trip kicks off with a Friday evening get-together at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, where you’ll meet your guide and fellow adventurers, and review the route, Leave No Trace ethics, and safety tips. The next morning, head to the Alder Creek Trail in southwestern Yosemite for a two-day, one-night journey through a serene landscape of forests and flowing water. You’ll camp near Alder Creek Falls, one of the Yosemite Wilderness’s “hidden gems,” and learn about the natural and cultural history of this quiet part of the park.

Over the course of the trip, you’ll have the chance to practice backpacking basics, such as how to load and fit your pack, select and set up a campsite, cook a satisfying camp meal, and minimize your impact on your surroundings.

Know Before You Go
When: Friday, June 2 (orientation at 7:30 pm) to Sunday, June 4. Depart for backpacking trip on June 3 at around 10 am, return June 4 at around 2 pm.
Where: Southwestern Yosemite
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 in Yosemite Valley before and after the trip (June 2 and June 4).
Lodging: 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. Lodging information will be sent immediately after registering. There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
Experience level: No experience necessary!

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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.