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5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Amazing Sunsets

If you’re looking for an incredible backcountry adventure that isn’t too strenuous, look no further! During this five-day trip you’ll experience some of Yosemite’s pristine wilderness locations. Camp at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850′) along the shore of May Lake. Swim, relax, or opt for a four-mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman. Trek through high alpine meadows as you make your way to Polly Dome Lake—a hidden location surrounded partially by granite. Camp at Glen Aulin, nestled at the mouth of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Amazing sunsets are a specialty along this route! This trip is perfect for a family backpacking adventure, or those wanting something less strenuous.

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Use of Backpacking Gear as requested
    • Souvenir T-Shirt
    • Experienced Guides
    • Permits
    • Memories to Last a Lifetime!
    • Entry/Admission - Mt. Hoffmann
    • Entry/Admission - May Lake Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne River
    • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne Meadows
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance to Yosemite National Park
    • Guide Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne Meadows

  • Day 1: Meeting

    Stop At: Tuolumne Meadows, East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Meet your guide in front of the Tuolumne Meadows Store at 3:00 PM. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. If time allows before dinner, explore some of Tuolumne’s hidden gems. Grab dinner at the Tuolumne Grill before settling in for the night at the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker’s Camp. (Note: food in the front-country is not included.)
    Duration: 9 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker's Camp

    Day 2: May Lake & Mount Hoffman

    Stop At: Mt. Hoffmann, Yosemite National Park, CA
    After grabbing breakfast at the Grill, take the shuttle to the May Lake trailhead. Before hitting the trail, soak in the alpine views at Tenaya Lake (8,150′) before hiking approximately 3 moderate miles up to May Lake. After setting up camp, opt for a four mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman. Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park and was John Muir’s favorite summit view. After dinner, scramble up onto the secret bluff to witness the first amazing sunset.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: May Lake Backcountry Campground

    Day 3: Polly Dome Lake

    Stop At: May Lake Trail, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Hike 4.5 miles to Polly Dome Lake. Relax and swim in the pristine alpine lake as your guide prepares you a hearty dinner. Explore up one of the granite walls around the lake for another amazing sunset!
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Backcountry camping at Polly Dome Lake

    Day 4: Glen Aulin

    Stop At: Tuolumne River, California
    Hike 4.5 miles to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. Spectacular waterfall and swimming hole here. After dinner take a short stroll to a bluff overlooking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne for the final (and typically the most incredible!) Yosemite sunset.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Backcountry Camping at Glen Aulin

    Day 5: Return

    Stop At: Tuolumne Meadows, East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Hike out 6 miles along the meandering Tuolumne River to Tuolumne Meadows. Typically we arrive back in Tuolumne Meadows between 11am-1pm; perfect time for a burger from the Tuolumne Grill!
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Tuolumne Meadows Store, California 95389, USA
    Departure Time :
    4:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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Organised by Lasting Adventures

Activity ID: V-7011P15

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