Yosemite Falls/Snow Creekprint
This Just Roughin' It Yosemite backpacking tour is a great alternative to the ever popular, and crowded, Half Dome 3 day trip. While also starting from Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek tour will have you leaving the day hiking crowds behind after a few miles as you ascend on the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. You will hike up the tallest fall in the park, as well as the lower 48 states, spend the night on top of El Capitan, see Half Dome from across the Valley from the less populated North Dome, and then make your way back to the Valley, finishing the loop via the Snow Creek trail.
The Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek hike is the perfect trip for anyone looking for a challenge (beware; this is the mother of all Stairmaster workouts), and is already visiting the Valley but want to stay away from the Half Dome craziness. You will still get much of the same views on the Upper Yosemite Falls hike, but,with more time for yourself!
A 3 day trip is also available covering the same route but with less time for side hikes and exploration.
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
We start our adventure from Fresno. After a 2 hour drive, we arrive at Yosemite Valley where we start our ascent up the tallest waterfall in the lower 48 states. Views, and the climb, all the way to the top are breathtaking! After about 5 miles (8 km) of hiking, and a 3,200-foot (975 m) gain in elevation, we reach our campsite just past Yosemite Point. This is our home for the next 2 nights.
After breakfast, we set out to the east for a day hike to the top of El Capitan and beyond. Our path today will cross the scenic Eagle Creek Meadows on the way to Eagle Peak and El Capitan for more spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley. We shed the weight of the full backpack today for just a daypack with our essentials for the day. The total planned hiking distance is 11 miles (17.7 km) with some slight ups and downs as we hike along the north rim of the Yosemite Va
We pack up and hike toward Indian Rock and North Dome. We will take a couple side hikes in order to ascend the 8,522-foot (2,597 m) Indian Rock and the 7,542-foot (2,298 m) North Dome. From North Dome, we will have outstanding views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Our goal is to camp along Snow Creek this evening, at an elevation of about 7,000 feet (2,134 m). Today's hike will be about 8 miles (12.9 km).
The group packs up camp and we finish our loop by descending the Snow Creek Trail. This is a steep 2,500-foot (762 m) decent over 2 miles (3.2 km) before we hit the floor of Yosemite Valley. We once again have great scenery along the trail and the group is usually back to the Yosemite Valley with enough time for lunch and souvenir shopping before we head back to Fresno to complete your journey. The total mileage hiked this day is from 4 to 6 miles (6.4 to 9.7 km).
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The trip was amazing!! Our guide was great and the views were incredible. I am looking forward to another summer adventure with Just Roughin' It next year.
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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