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Red Peak Pass


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Red Peak Pass


Just Roughin' It's Yosemite backpacking trips are perfect for the adventurer looking for classic High Sierra views and alpine lakes with more solitude.  The Red Peak Pass tour will have you gaining elevation as you make your way up to the Merced River Canyon to this pass which crosses the high  peaks of the Clark Range in Yosemite. This area is rarely visited Yosemite hiking trail due to its rugged terrain, but your efforts will be rewarded with pristine alpine lakes and above tree-line landscapes that allow for open star-gazing at night.

On the way to Red Peak Pass, you may hike through Little Yosemite Valley, by Half Dome, Nevada and Vernal Falls. Or, we can start from a less popular trail head and trek through meadows away from the crowds before making our way to the Clark Range and the over 11,000 foot elevation of Red Peak Pass. .  Camp will change every night as you move through the area to the highest trail elevation in all of Yosemite National Park via this 51 mile loop. You will camp at Moraine Dome, Washburn Lake, and Ottoway Lake, to name just a few of the many beautiful destinations.

The itinerary below is merely a sample.  Beginning trail heads, trails hiked and daily distances hiked may vary.  A 5 day route is the same 51 mile loop, but much more aggressive - longer days and more miles per day - so please be physically prepared for this hike.

*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
**Shuttle - this trip starts along Glacier Point Rd. If you do not have your own transportation and are taking YARTS, you will need to reserve space on the early (8:30am) Glacier Point shuttle. Spaces are limited and there is a fee.

Day 1

Up and at ‘em! You will meet you guide at Glacier Point or Mono Meadow (elevation 7214 ft), we will get you set up and on our hike away from the Yosemite Valley southeast along the Illilouette Creek. The goal is to hike about 7 miles (11.3 km) this day and to set up camp along the creek.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will pack up and hike about 9 miles (14.5 km) through the Merced Pass and up to Lower Ottoway lake. The group will gain about 2,500 ft (762 m) in elevation before reaching the campsites at the lake. The lake is great for rainbow trout fishing.

Day 3

Today, the group hikes up over the 11,150 ft (3,398.5 m) high Red Peak Pass. The views from this point are outstanding and stretch for miles. We continue down the other side of the pass down to the trail intersection with the Triple Peak Fork of the Merced River, where we will camp for the night. The group will travel over 8 miles this day.

Day 4

We pack up again and hike past Washburn Lake, where its cold waters are home to brook and rainbow trout, to the campsites at Merced Lake. We will at most likely cover 10 miles (16.1 km) this day, but we will drop about 1,800 ft (548.6 m) in elevation to the lake. Depending on what time we get to camp, there is an opportunity for swimming at Merced Lake.

Day 5

After breakfast, we will pack up and hike about 9 miles (14.5 km) from Merced Lake to Little Yosemite Valley, dropping about a 1,000 ft (304.8 m) in elevation. We pass some great scenery: Bunnell Cascades, Bunnell Point and Moraine Dome.

Day 6

It's the last day and as we head back to where we started, we will pass by the top of the 500 ft tall Nevada Falls as well as Panorama Point. The hike to the trailhead is about 7 miles (11.3 km). We are typically back by lunch time.


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This Trip was absolutely life changing. I, like the others on this particular trip, had traveled alone (and from far away, some of us coming from out of the country). Therefore, all of us became very close within those five days. Incredible bonds were made because of this experience. Each night by the fire was wroth the hard work it took to get the miles in for the day. The view from the top was stunning and forever imprinted in my soul.

The food was excellent, our guide was the best, and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. I still talk about the trip. Its time for another one!!




Trip Cost Per Person

5 Day


6 Day


What's included?

  • All permits, fees and taxes.
  • All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
  • Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
  • A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
  • An unforgettable experience!

Our prices do not include guide gratuity (15% to 20% of the tour price is recommended).

Booking and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of 50% of the total trip price is due upon the booking of a trip. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the date of departure and will be charged to the card on file unless otherwise specified. If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following fees apply and are due to Just Roughin' It at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation. 

More than 120 days                                                                25% of trip cost
120 to 61 days                                                                          50% of trip cost
60 days or less                                                                        100% of trip cost

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