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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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 price does not include guide gratuity, which is 10% of the trip cost price.
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