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Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek

A Just Roughin' It Yosemite backpacking tour to Yosemite Falls is a great way to spend your Yosemite vacation. This Yosemite hiking tour winds around allowing you to see many amazing views of Yosemite Valley and ends on the Snow Creek trail. We consider this particular guided hike through Yosemite to be like a stairmaster workout, so be prepared. "Roads? Where we're going we don't need...roads." - Dr. Emmett Brown

Yosemite: Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek Backpacking Tour

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!

Number of days: 3-4

Mileage: 24 miles / 38.6 km

Elevation Gain/Loss: 3,000 ft / 890 m

3 Day Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek Itinerary and Trip Details
4 Day Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek Itinerary and Trip Details

Trip Ratings

  • Difficulty 6
  • OH @#%&! 7
  • Solitude 5

Trip Cost/Person

3 Days 4 Days
From Fresno $750 $950

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Rating: 54321

It's been less than a week since our trip to Yosemite Falls and we are ready to go back!

"Just Roughin' It" and their crew made the total experience, from the pick up at our hotel to the beers and burgers at the bottom of the trail when we were done, so much fun. In fact, even the emails prior to the trip gave us what we needed to be prepared. We have memories we will never forget.

Our expectations were exceeded around every turn. Joe and Gregor, our guides, were knowledgeable, helpful and kept the conversation going constantly. They encouraged us to do things for ourselves, but were always there if we needed anything. It felt like we learned so much about the total experience of backpacking.

The food that was provided was again beyond our expectations. Even the snacks and meals while on the trail were well thought out and yummy. We never felt hungry or in need of something to drink. They always made sure we were prepared for each day of our trip.

We can't say enough about our guides. Joe and Gregor definitely made the trip something we will never forget. They shared the history of Yosemite and educated us about the trees and animals around us. And when needed, they were there to help each of us with any questions or concerns.

Our next trip will be with "Just Roughin It" for sure.

By Debi O'Dell on 2013-09-16

Rating: 54321

from the moment that we called JRI to identify which trip we should go on, thru the 4 day back country hiking spectacular in Yosemite, everything was excellent and everyone was fantastic. I can't recommend using JRI enough - the trip was great, guide was great, food was better than what I get at home. I had an extremely memorable and fun experience despite that fact that I am not an experienced hiker - they took care of me every step of the way. Just do it, you won't regret it!

By Emily on 2013-09-14

Rating: 54321


First of all Mike and I cannot thank you enough for making our trip a fabulous one. We were picked up in Fresno at 7:00 am by our friendly driver John. He was friendly and really made us feel comfortable on our ride to the Yosemite Valley. We arrived without a hitch and soon met our guide Clay.

Clay was certainly an amazing guide that did an amazing job with everything from cooking, helping us with anything needed, to just having amazing conversation. Mike and I just clicked with Clay from day one and he truly was the reason for our perfect vacation! (well, actually our honeymoon!) Clay is so knowledgeable and this shined through throughout our entire 30 mile journey. Our first was a hike up Yosemite Falls and it certainly is "The Ultimate Stair Master!" Clay knew just how to keep our spirits up and kept us smiling the entire time. He was so eager to make sure we told him if we needed a break or if we were hungry! Every day was better and better and the laughs and conversations we had were priceless. We absolutely would ask for Clay again!
Watching the news these past few weeks has broken Mike and my hearts. We actually encountered our own fire while we were hiking and Clay jumped right into action. Mike and Clay began to put out flames while I called 911. The heavy water they carried up that hill was unbelievable but they both were determined to out it out! I videoed the entire thing! LOL!
The food "Just Roughin It" gave us is like no other hiking food I have ever had! Mike and I were so surprised with the variety of food you provided to us! We want to use some of your ideas on our own hiking trips! The stir fry and pesto were amazing and the oatmeal was out of this world! Well, my only complaint is I have no idea how to make it. I tried to make it this week but it tasted nothing like yours! Almond butter??? Can you share the ingredients? Clay is also quite the chef. He just cooked the best!
Once again we cannot thank you for our amazing trip! We absolutely have nothing but great thing to say! Clay is fantastic and a one of a kind! We than him for taking such good care of us and creating a life time of memories! We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to see the most beautiful landscape and also for letting us check off a bucket list item!

Just Roughin It is the way to go and we cannot wait to do the Grand Canyon next time!

Thanks again!

Nicole & Mike LaPerriere

By Mike and Nicole LaPerriere on 2013-08-29

Rating: 54321

Yosemite Falls/Snow Creek Backpacking Tour was a great experience. It was very challenging, but a trip I will never forget. The views were amazing and our guide was very accommodating and knowledgable. We were new to backpacking and this was the perfect way to learn what we needed to do to enjoy our trip and be safe while exploring the trails. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience Yosemite finest views and an unforgettable trip. Thanks JustRoughin'it for taking care of all the details.

By Theresa McLaughlin on 2013-08-19

Rating: 54321

My trip was great! My guide, James was very professional. Excellent physical condition. He was knowledgeable about our trails, terrain and campsites. He put my needs before his own. He made the trip fun...I hope you are grateful to have him as a guide.

The gear was top notch, clean and well maintained. The food was a nice surprise. It was really good! James took his time with all the meals and he was well prepared.

Overall, it was an unforgettable experience. I also wanted to see Yosemite and with a guide it took all the worries out of being in a new, unfamiliar place. I was expecting to enjoy scenery for 4 days and that was exactly what I received! Your driving staff to and from the park were very pleasant and easy to talk to. Thank-you so much. I'm sure I will be booking another trip with JRI. Great job to all!

By Rich O. on 2012-11-21

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