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5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Amazing Sunsets

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If you’re looking for an incredible backcountry adventure that isn’t too strenuous, look no further! During this five-day trip you’ll experience some of Yosemite’s pristine wilderness locations. Camp at the base of Mount Hoffman (10,850′) along the shore of May Lake. Swim, relax, or opt for a four-mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman. Trek through high alpine meadows as you make your way to Polly Dome Lake—a hidden location surrounded partially by granite. Camp at Glen Aulin, nestled at the mouth of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Amazing sunsets are a specialty along this route! This trip is perfect for a family backpacking adventure, or those wanting something less strenuous.

As the calendar is confusing, our 2022 dates are:
6/14 - 6/18
6/21 - 6/25
7/4 - 7/8
7/22 - 7/26
7/29 - 8/2
8/11 - 8/15
8/16 - 8/20
9/4 - 9/8
9/11 - 9/15
9/17 - 9/21
9/24 - 9/28

Groupon Customer Reviews

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 29, 2022
My family of 4 just returned from the Amazing Sunsets backpacking trip with Lasting Adventures (5 days, 4 nights) . It was truly amazing! How soon can we go back?! From the time we booked the trip, the communication was helpful and clear. Meeting our guides in Curry Village was easy and they had everything organized for us to quickly begin our adventure. Our guides were Bella and Kanyon and they were FANTASTIC! They were knowledgeable about the area and routes, geology of the park, and plants and animals we saw along the way. The food they prepared exceeded our expectations! Bella and Kanyon were quick to share stories, offer guidance when needed, and were patient with all of us and our varying paces while hiking. Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious...they kept things fun! Experiencing the backcountry of Yosemite was such a gift. I appreciated having the opportunity to do optional day trips to explore other areas. We were able to swim by a waterfall which is something we all looked forward to doing. My family wanted to be challenged, work together, and explore this beautiful area. The trip did not disappoint! We will gladly book another trip with Lasting Adventures in the future (and hope Bella and Kanyon will be our guides again!).
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
September 27, 2021
We were a group of 7 family members (ages 22-65 years old), for all of us was our first hiking/backpacking/camping experience. We all have such an amazing yet challenging experience, it was really worthy! Thank you so much to our guides Nicole and Jack for your cheers, your spirit, your cooking, your yoga time, your knowledge and for doing this family trip so great! We really enjoy it!!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
July 2, 2021
From registration to trip completion Lasting Adventures provided excellent service and truly a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks to our guide Trey for his professionalism, vast knowledge, hiking and cooking skills, flexibility, and adaptability. Trey’s back country experience allowed the group to experience and truly enjoy places and things we could not do on our own. Lasting Adventures did not cut any corners, the equipment and food were excellent! I highly recommend this guide service, they secured all the permits and communication was excellent. I can’t wait to go again!
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Day 1: Meeting

Stop At: Tuolumne Meadows, East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Meet your guide in front of the Tuolumne Meadows Store at 3:00 PM. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. If time allows before dinner, explore some of Tuolumne’s hidden gems. Grab dinner at the Tuolumne Grill before settling in for the night at the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker’s Camp. (Note: food in the front-country is not included.)
Duration: 9 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker's Camp

Day 2: May Lake & Mount Hoffman

Stop At: Mt. Hoffmann, Yosemite National Park, CA
After grabbing breakfast at the Grill, take the shuttle to the May Lake trailhead. Before hitting the trail, soak in the alpine views at Tenaya Lake (8,150′) before hiking approximately 3 moderate miles up to May Lake. After setting up camp, opt for a four mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman. Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park and was John Muir’s favorite summit view. After dinner, scramble up onto the secret bluff to witness the first amazing sunset.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: May Lake Backcountry Campground

Day 3: Polly Dome Lake

Stop At: May Lake Trail, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
Hike 4.5 miles to Polly Dome Lake. Relax and swim in the pristine alpine lake as your guide prepares you a hearty dinner. Explore up one of the granite walls around the lake for another amazing sunset!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Backcountry camping at Polly Dome Lake

Day 4: Glen Aulin

Stop At: Tuolumne River, California
Hike 4.5 miles to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. Spectacular waterfall and swimming hole here. After dinner take a short stroll to a bluff overlooking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne for the final (and typically the most incredible!) Yosemite sunset.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Backcountry Camping at Glen Aulin

Day 5: Return

Stop At: Tuolumne Meadows, East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Hike out 6 miles along the meandering Tuolumne River to Tuolumne Meadows. Typically we arrive back in Tuolumne Meadows between 11am-1pm; perfect time for a burger from the Tuolumne Grill!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Use of Backpacking Gear as requested
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Experienced Guides
  • Permits
  • Memories to Last a Lifetime!
  • Entry/Admission - Mt. Hoffmann
  • Entry/Admission - May Lake Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne River
  • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne Meadows

  • Entrance to Yosemite National Park
  • Guide Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne Meadows

Departure Point
Tuolumne Meadows Store, California 95389, USA

Departure Time
04:00 PM

5 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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