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Chilnualna Falls/Buena Vista Lake

Yosemite backpacking to Chilnualna Falls at Yosemite National Park. Just Roughin' It will take you on a guided backpacking tour in Yosemite where you will camp along high mountain lakes and experience incredible views of Yosemite National Park from Buena Vista Pass. "If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it." - Willy Wonka

Yosemite: Chilnaualna Falls/Buena Vista Lake Backpacking Tour

A Chilnualna Falls backpacking tour in Yosemite National Park is one of those gems that you just can't pass up; high mountain lakes and passes, meadows strewn with wildflowers, views galore and, of course, waterfalls.  Just Roughin' It's 4-6 day backpacking trip will have us starting from the southern portion of the park in Wawona and then hiking to Chilnualna Falls, the largest fall outside the Valley area. This loop will then take you to several glacier formed lakes in the higher country of Yosemite National Park. You will hike over a 9,000-foot pass before descending back down to Chilnualna Falls and Wawona. After each day of hiking, take a swim, relax by the camp fire or take some time to take in the beauty of Yosemite. 

Number of days: 4-5

Mileage: 28.5 miles / 46 km

Elevation Gain/Loss: 5,000 ft / 1,545 m

5 Day Itinerary and Trip Details


Trip Ratings

  • Difficulty 4
  • OH @#%&! 3
  • Solitude 8

Trip Cost/Person

4 Days 5 Days
From Fresno $950 $1150

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