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Yosemite National Park - 2021 CANCELED

August 18-22, 2021

Our August Trip will not include bus transportation. Transportation will be up to the individual. Our trip features a number of trips in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is home to fabulous granite faces, majestic domes, and striking peaks standing above expansive green meadows. Beautiful, glacier-filled lakes offer refreshing afternoon dips and create rushing streams and spectacular waterfalls. It is one of the finest of our national parks. John Muir called Yosemite "...the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." Join us as we explore the less crowded areas of this temple north of the Valley.

We will be offering several backpacking trips of varying degrees of difficulty.  Participants must provide their own meals and camping equipment.  Please check the information under the resources tab for more information about what to bring.  Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation and information about an optional pre-trip meeting to meet your leaders and ask questions (highly recommended for first-timers). A hand-out will also be available with suggestions about what to pack, weather, safety tips, etc.  Please check out the documents found under the Resources Tab for more information.

Visit our Trip Rating System to determine which Backpacking Trip is right for you.

Trip #1
Basecamp Backpack
Polly Dome Lakes Base Camp
Leader: Monica Elrod, Assistant Leader: Lynn Nebus
Trip Rating: M3B
Event capacity 8

# of back pack days: 2, # of back pack miles: 6, # of dayhike miles: 30+ (optional)

This trip features a relatively short backpack with extended day hikes. It is perfect for those who like to hike, but do not particularly like to carry a pack. Our backpacking trail roughly parallels Murphy Creek; climbing through shaded Lodgepole forests with abundant wildflowers and crossing large granite slabs before a short, cross-country trek to our camp site next to shallow Polly Dome Lake. After setting up camp, we will head off on our first day hike to May Lake (10 miles, 1200 feet). Subsequent day hikes include: Ten Lakes Basin Trail (8-10 miles, 1500 feet gain and loss), and Glen Aulin (12 miles,1200 feet).

Trip #2
Basecamp Backpack
Young Lakes Backpack
Leader: KH Chong  Assistant: TBD
Trip Rating: M8C
Event capacity: 8

# of back pack days: 2, # of back pack miles: 16, # of dayhike miles: 20

This backpack trip will start from Tuolumne Meadows and will base camp at
Young Lakes with exploratory day hikes of the Young Lakes region. First day, 8 mile backpack in with 1500' elevation gain to 10K' elevation to find our base camp near the Upper Young Lakes. Optional hikes on Day 3 and 4 to explore the three Young Lakes region, Mount Conness and Roosevelt Lake. Backpack out on day 5 to Tuolumne Meadows.

Trip #3

Porcupine Creek to Olmstead Point Backpack - North Rim of Yosemite Valley
Leader: Mike Fry, Assistant Leader: TBD
Trip Rating: M6C
Event capacity: 10

Number of Backpack Days: 4, Number of Backpack Miles: 18.4, Number of Day Hike Miles: optional

See Joe's Guide to Yosemite:
There are many outstanding views from the North Rim of Yosemite Valley, and this backpack visits 5 of them. Total backpack mileage is 18.4mi. Total elevation gain is -3300', +3620'. Total day hike miles = 2mi.
Thurs, August 19, Backpack 4.5mi from Porcupine Creek to North Dome, +800' -1400'. Camp near Royal Arch Creek. 0.5 mi day hike to North Dome and amazing view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.
Fri, August 20. Backpack over Indian Ridge and down to Snow Creek, 6 miles, +700', -1400'. 0.3mi dayhike to Indian Rock and the only natural arch in Yosemite.
Sat, August 21. Backpack 5 mi and camp at Hidden Lake, +1800' . More outstanding views of Half Dome and Cloud's Rest. Visit historic Snow Creek cabin.
Sun, August 22. Backpack 3.8 miles to Olmstead Point, -500', +420'.

Trip #4
Reds Meadow to Tuolumne Meadow
Leader: Kris Watkin, Assistant Leader: Margaret Elizondo
Trip Rating: H13D
Event capacity: 8

# of back pack days: 4, # of back pack miles: 35, # of dayhike miles: 3 (optional)

To get to Reds Meadow we take the shuttle from Mammoth Mountain parking lot to Devil's Postpile. We will spend some time wandering around this geologic formation and I anticipate up to 3 miles of "dayhike" wandering. We then get back on the shuttle to Agnew Meadows which is where our permit "starts". We will follow the San Joaquin River to Thousand Island Lake for our longest day (9.5 backpack miles and 2700 ft elevation gain). The next day will be shorter as we join and follow the JMT/PCT en-route to Marie Lakes. This is followed by crossing Donahue Pass into Yosemite where we will camp along Lyell Creek. We finish by following Lyell Creek into Tuolumne Meadows. Our return will be by the cars we have pre-shuttled for our return. However if YARTS is running, we will avoid the car pre-shuttle and take the bus back to Mammoth and our cars.

Trip #5
Waterfalls and Swimming Holes of Yosemite’s Grandest Canyon
Leader: April Armijo, Assistant Leader: Sussie Yamaguchi 
Trip Rating: H10E
Event capacity: 10

# of backpack days: 4, # of backpack miles: 33, # of day hike miles: optional

John Muir described the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne as “quintessential Yosemite”. Traversing this spectacular canyon from White Wolf to Tenaya Lake begins with a steep descent on Day 1 into Pate Valley to camp beside the roaring Tuolumne River with its famed swimming holes, surrounded by lush trees and meadow. The roughly 3800’ descent over 10 miles paves the way for the next three glorious days as we gradually climb in the footsteps of John Muir, enjoying almost a dozen waterfalls including Waterwheel, Tuolumne, and Le Conte, while gazing at steep glacially carved granite walls from within Muir Gorge. Our second and third nights will be spent in the vicinity of the multiple falls and Glen Aulin with ample time to hike and explore.
The temperatures in the Canyon are usually much warmer than in the High Sierra, ideal for swimming or enjoying excellent fishing for fishers carrying a rod and valid California fishing license. The leaders love swimming. We will be stopping frequently to jump in waterholes. We will have a moderate hiking pace.
The distance we travel each day will be determined by group interest, weather and available campsites. It is possible that a day or two may exceed 10 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain. So, if you are a strong hiker who has recently demonstrated the ability to thrive on a trip of similar difficulty please sign up. If in doubt, please contact the leader with questions.

Yosemite Bus Trip - Staff and Leader
This trip signup is for LEADERS ONLY.
Event capacity: 13

Space: Limited to 47 participants (including leaders and assistants)

Cost: TBD
Registration Opens: July 10, 2021 6:00 a.m.
Pre-trip Meeting:  Individual leaders may schedule pre trip meetings
Departure: Individual leaders will set up departure times
Return: Individual leaders will set up return times

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