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6-7 miles/day


7,200 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Embark on a three-day guided backpacking adventure, exploring an ancient trail that California Tribes have used for thousands of years, a trail miners followed toward their dreams, a trail where tourists first experience the wilderness — a place where memories are still made. Kick off the journey with a 5-mile hike following the playful Yosemite Creek to set up camp in the serene wilderness. Your guide, Brian Shoor, will immerse you in the deep historical narratives surrounding the ancient trails, as you enjoy the majestic views and pristine waters of Yosemite creek.

After breakfast on day two, embark on a 5.5-mile round trip to Yosemite Falls, enjoying breathtaking views from 2,400 feet above Yosemite Valley. In the evening, continue exploring the evolution of trails and roads in the area. After a restful nights sleep enjoy a slow morning before hiking back to Yosemite Creek Campground, reminiscing about the incredible adventure and the new knowledge gained.

Know Before You Go:

  • Program dates: Evening meeting Thursday, July 11 from 6:30pm-8pm. Backpack trip starts Friday, July 12 at 9 am and ends Sunday, July 14 by 4 pm.
  • Program location: Yosemite Creek Trail
  • What’s included: A three day backpack trip with guided instruction by two Yosemite Naturalists, park entry (as needed), Wilderness permit, bear canister rental (as needed), and shared tent camping before and after the trek (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 July 11 after 12 pm and must depart July 12. After the backpack, participants can arrive on July 14 and must depart July 15 by 11 am. 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 fire pit are provided at each site. Campsites fit 6 people per site.
  • Campground location: Yosemite Creek
  • Lodging: No upgrades available for this program
  • Experience level: All levels welcome, 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 including gear rental options.