Going on Just Roughin' It Half Dome backpacking tour is a once and a life time experience. For three days we’ll guide you on a hike to the famous and most popular location within Yosemite National Park - Half Dome. Hiking to Half Dome is so popular, even day hikers have to have a permit to hike the monolith, limiting the numbers of people hiking the great monolith.
Our Half Dome hike takes you to Little Yosemite Valley for two nights where we set up a base camp so we can get an early start to hike up Half Dome on day two. Enjoy the scenery and views of Nevada and Vernal Falls as you make your way through the valley along the Merced River and to our destination. This is one of the most civilized camp areas of Yosemite - they have toilets and bear lockers! So no need to carry those pesky bear canisters while you hike Half Dome in Yosemite.
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
Rise and shine! The drive today will take about 2.5 hours to arrive in Yosemite Valley where you will get set up for your adventure. We will hike 3.8 miles (6.1 km) along the popular Mist Trail to our camp at Little Yosemite Valley. Along the way, we will pass the 317 ft (96.7 m) Vernal and 594 ft (181 m) Nevada Falls. Once we arrive at the Valley, we will set up camp and your guides will prepare dinner and you can sit by the campfire.
After breakfast, we will get our daypacks ready and head over to Half Dome for the day. This hike is not for the faint of heart so feel free to stay at camp or come along and stay at the base of the dome. Those who do decide to hike up will be rewarded with views of the entire Yosemite wilderness from 8,842 ft (2,695 m) above sea level. After we return to camp, take a swim in the Merced River while your guide prepares another delicious meal.
After breakfast, we pack up and return to Yosemite Valley via the John Muir Trail for a bird’s eye view of Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap and the surrounding area. On this trail we will also see far fewer people than on our hike up the Mist Trail. The total distance is approximately 4.7 miles (7.6km). Once back in the Valley, we usually have time for lunch and to shop for souvenirs before heading back to Fresno, arriving by dinner time.
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I had a great time on the Half Dome trip. I'll Facebook friend you and you're welcome to look at my Yosemite pictures and put any you like on your page.
Things I liked most:
Round trip transportation to and from the hotel near the airport (not having to rent a car was a HUGE factor in why I selected this company); having the gear and food provided and included in the cost; having the group size capped.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I will certainly recommend your company to friends and hope to tale another trip soon. I wish I was able to leave the east coast so that I could work for you guys...it's really a neat operation you have going.
Thanks for a great trip!
Am back from Australia and wanted to write when I had a bit of time after my travels.
The trip was fantastic and James in particular was really amazing to meet and travel with. He is so knowledgeable, helpful friendly, patient and encouraging. The trip itself was well designed. I tipped him well (I think, I'm new to the tipping game) and just want to let you know he is a real asset to your company and you should definitely treat him well. He is the reason why I would recommend this trip to others.
I know my fellow travelers thought that the inclusion of a 67 yr old grandmother (who was sick) was a bit frustrating in terms of hiking at a quick pace but the truth was that one of the other travelers was a triathlete so I fit somewhere in the middle of those 2 extremes, and frankly enjoyed taking the time to savour the scenery. The food provided was excellent - although I didn't enjoy the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (it was my first time) but hey - I got to try one so that was exciting!! The equipment was top notch and has already inspired me to go out and buy more equipment.
All and all I would recommend the experience and wold definitely consider going on other trips with your company in other areas when I get there next.
Just wanted to let you know that Sandy and I both enjoyed our hike to the top of Half Dome. It was the best vacation experiences that I've ever had. Also, our guide, Jonathan was great.
This was fantastic trip. Everything was so well organized from p/u on day 01 to drop off at the end of the trip. Beautiful surroundings, great weather, a challenging hike.
The guide, James, was fantastic, laid back but very knowledgable. He let the group set the pace and pointed out great vistas to break at along the trail. He was obviously very familiar with the trail.
Small groups - we had 5 + guide which was great. Allowed for bonding among member of the group
The gear was top knotch, clean, good quality tents easy to assemble
The drivers to and from Yosemite were entertaining and on time. Had a great conversation with John on the way back!
Consider extra guide/cook to hike ahead and cook meals at campsite
Allow hikers to eat snack in the vehicle on the way to the park. Not being able to eat was annoying to the entire group.
Amazing trip - life changing really
Will recommend trip and company/guide to all friends
Would like to book another trip with James and bring my family this time.
Lucy Green was GREAT!!!!!!!! She saved my life!!!! I had a blister on my foot that you could almost see and she fixed it. :) It was a wonderful time and we would recommend Just Roughin It to anyone.
It was like a 5 star hotel that smelled really bad. My wife said it was me.
My wife and I really worked hard to get ready for the 3 days of hiking with backpacks and Lucy took great care of us.
We look forward to doing another backpacking trip with Just Roughing It. We are sure that all your guides are very good, since you trained them and Lucy, but we would want Lucy again.
I am so glad that we did this trip with Just Roughing It. It would have been really roughing it without your program to take such good care of everything.
I cannot imagine doing another big hike without Just Roughin It.
I didn't have to worry about anything. I just had to enjoy the experience and I did.
Thanks again and Thanks!!!!! LUCY!!!!!
Tom and Julianna
Just finished the 3 day Half Dome trip with our guide Lucy Green. Lucy was outstanding, treated us like royalty and was very knowledgeable and helpful the whole trip. The food was great and the gear provided made the trip comfortable. Value of the experience was well worth the cost. Thanks Lucy!
This was an experience above the ordinary - made even memorable by two great guides Lucy and Ryan and some excellent organisation by Just Roughin It.
Having made the trip from Europe to do this hike, I had high expectations - I wasn't let down. The scenery is literally breathtaking and more than enough to take your mind off the tough terrain and demanding conditions. The highlight is of course the Half Dome itself - a tough and slightly nerve jangling climb but our guides wisely ensured we were ready to tackle the cables by 1030 in the morning, missing the crowds (it was July) and enjoying a less stressy ascent.
The trek back down to the valley following the Mist Trail was also amazing - around every corner was a fantastic view and the cool mists and rainbows from the falls set the seal on a memorable hike.
I would not hesitate to use JRI again or recommend their services - their expertise and skills are essential for a succesfull Half Dome ascent and from start to finish, my enquiries and indeed the whole process have been dealt with professionally and courteously.
Enjoy the hike.....'cos I know you're gonna do it!
Trip Cost Per Person
- Round trip transportation from Fresno.
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- All necessary gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, meal kit, trekking poles, headlamp, etc.).
- A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity (10% to 15% of the tour price is recommended).
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