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Experience Level



10-15 miles/day


8,600 – 12,000 feet.

Registration Fee


Spend a weekend in Yosemite’s high country tackling a challenging, rewarding backpacking trip with a group of fellow adventurous women and an experienced naturalist guide. Along the trail rejoice in women gaining the right to vote 100 years ago! You’ll depart from Tuolumne Meadows on Friday morning for a full day of hiking through beautiful Lyell Canyon to the Ireland Lake area.  On Saturday, you can choose your activity: Relax at camp, or head up to the summit of Amelia Earhart Peak — one of only two Yosemite mountains named after a woman. On Sunday, drink in the views of features such as Vogelsang Peak and Evelyn Lake, as you hike back out to Tioga Road on the Rafferty Creek Trail.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll learn about the natural and cultural history of Yosemite’s high country. Whether or not you bag the peak, you’ll get to enjoy the satisfaction of a long hike, and the unforgettable experience of a summer trek in the Sierra.

Included with your registration: 

  • An introductory meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground Office) and three full days of guided backpacking starting and ending at Tuolumne Meadows (leave at 8 am on Friday, August 7, and return around 5 pm on Sunday, August 9 — exact time depends on group pace).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Bear-canister rental (as needed) and Yosemite Wilderness permit.
  • Two nights of tent camping at Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Campground before and after the trip, if needed (Thursday, August 6 and Sunday, August 9). 
    • Note: Our limited camping sites are for participants only. We cannot adjust the dates. The sites are shared. Tents only.

Please note:

  • There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, bear-canister coupon, campsites or Wilderness permits.
  • Participants must have prior backpacking experience and be very physically fit. This adventure requires 20 miles of hiking, plus an optional 4-mile day hike, on steep and rocky terrain.

View a suggested packing list.