- Journey To -

The Heart of the Park

- Journey to -

The Heart

- of -

the park

Broad. Remote.

  • Explore deep into the park on our most beautiful and expansive trip!
  • Climb the famous Mist Trail in the shadow of Half Dome
  • Boldy hike over windy Red Peak Pass, Yosemite’s highest point on-trail

Journey To

The Heart of The Park

Length: 8 Days / 48 Miles

Trip Type: Rigorous / Rugged

2021 Dates:

  • Flexible Dates
    trip available at your request

Cost: $1,745

  • Deposit: $300
  • Balance due: 90 days in advance

Journey to the Heart of the Park

  • Explore deep into the park, free from crowds. This is Yosemite’s most diverse, beautiful, and expansive trip!
  • Climb the famous Mist Trail, under the shadow of the mighty Half Dome
  • Boldy hike over windy Red Peak Pass, Yosemite’s highest point on-trail

Length: 8 Days / 48 Miles

Trip Type: Rigorous / Rugged

2021 Dates:

  • Flexible Dates          trip available at your request

Cost: $1,745

  • Deposit: $300
  • Balance due: 90 days in advance

- Adventure Itinerary -

Adventure

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Explore Yosemite’s front country on your own. Meet your guide in the early evening at the backpackers campground. Go over gear and itinerary, set up camp, and eat a hot cooked meal.

0 miles

DAY ONE

     Explore Yosemite’s front country on your own. Meet your guide in the early evening at the backpackers campground. Go over gear and itinerary, set up camp, and eat a hot cooked meal.

0 miles

DAY TWO

     Embrace the spray of Vernal and Nevada Falls as we climb the Mist Trail. Ascend into a serene meadow sprawling at the foot of Mt Starr King. After a wholesome and hearty dinner, drift to sleep with the sound of a rippling stream.

8 miles

DAY TWO

     Embrace the spray of Vernal and Nevada Falls as we climb the Mist Trail. Ascend into a serene meadow sprawling at the foot of Mt Starr King. After a wholesome and hearty dinner, drift to sleep with the sound of a rippling stream.

8 miles

DAY THREE

     Penetrate deeper into the backcountry. We stand in awe at the reflection of red rocky cliffs on Lower Ottoway Lake. After swimming to a pristine island, we set up camp to enjoy a restful silence that can only be found above 10,000 feet!

8.5 miles

DAY THREE

     Penetrate deeper into the backcountry. We stand in awe at the reflection of red rocky cliffs on Lower Ottoway Lake. After swimming to a pristine island, we set up camp to enjoy a restful silence that can only be found above 10,000 feet!

8.5 miles

DAY FOUR

     We climb above 11,000 feet while crossing lonesome Red Peak Pass. Ahead, infinite layers of twisted pinnacles lie beneath our vantage. We descend alongside the crystal waters of small and still lakes nestled between boulders.

8 miles

DAY FOUR

     We climb above 11,000 feet while crossing lonesome Red Peak Pass. Ahead, infinite layers of twisted pinnacles lie beneath our vantage. We descend alongside the crystal waters of small and still lakes nestled between boulders.

8 miles

DAY FIVE

     The small brook next to camp picks up speed in gentle meadows, small cascades, and then a startling drop into a monumental valley. The now mighty Merced River rushes downward as we negotiate our way to the sandy beach of Washburn Lake and enjoy the peaceful sunset.

6 miles

DAY FIVE

     The small brook next to camp picks up speed in gentle meadows, small cascades, and then a startling drop into a monumental valley. The now mighty Merced River rushes downward as we negotiate our way to the sandy beach of Washburn Lake and enjoy the peaceful sunset.

6 miles

DAY SIX

     During breakfast, ducks call out to their families on the water. Along our hike, we pass the giant Merced lake, and just beyond, the river crashes over a series of cascades and flows into Echo Valley. We swim beneath a gentle waterfall and snuggle into our tents for the night.

5 miles

DAY SIX

     During breakfast, ducks call out to their families on the water. Along our hike, we pass the giant Merced lake, and just beyond, the river crashes over a series of cascades and flows into Echo Valley. We swim beneath a gentle waterfall and snuggle into our tents for the night.

5 miles

DAY SEVEN

     We transcend the narrow passageways of Lost Valley. Where the Merced River widens and slows, we set up camp in the shadow of majestic Half Dome. People, like tiny ants, make their way down the slick cliff, and we spend the night enjoying our campsite neighbors’ tales of adventure!

7.5 miles

DAY SEVEN

     We transcend the narrow passageways of Lost Valley. Where the Merced River widens and slows, we set up camp in the shadow of majestic Half Dome. People, like tiny ants, make their way down the slick cliff, and we spend the night enjoying our campsite neighbors’ tales of adventure!

7.5 miles

DAY EIGHT

    This morning, we are grateful for the memories and treasures we take with us. As we make our way down on the John Muir Trail, we greet eager hikers just starting out. We reflect upon how far we have come, and how much we have accomplished, in the beautiful, vast heart of Yosemite National Park.

4.5 miles

DAY EIGHT

    This morning, we are grateful for the memories and treasures we take with us. As we make our way down on the John Muir Trail, we greet eager hikers just starting out. We reflect upon how far we have come, and how much we have accomplished, in the beautiful, vast heart of Yosemite National Park.

4.5 miles

Come Join Us!

- The Lamplighters Adventuring Society -

What's Included?

Front & Backcountry Accommodations

  • First night in Yosemite backpackers campground
  • 2-6 nights of wilderness camping

Meals & Snacks

  • All meals from the 1st night’s dinner to the last day’s lunch
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks!

Group Camping Gear

  • Shared gear, bear canisters, water filters, cookware, first aid kit, etc.
  • Individual tents
  • Personal trail journal

Shuttle

  • Transportation between parking/backpackers campground and the trailhead

What's Not Included?

Transportation to Yosemite

Personal Gear & Clothing

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack
  • Personal clothing

Gratuity for Guides

  • 10% – 20% recommended

Trip Insurance

Backcountry Evacuation

What's Included?

Front and Backcountry Accommodations

  • First night in Yosemite backpackers campground
  • 2-6 nights of wilderness camping

Meals and Snacks

  • All meals from the first night’s dinner to the last day’s lunch
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks!

Group Camping Gear

  • Shared gear, bear canisters, water filters, stoves, cookware, first aid kit, wilderness permit, card games etc.
  • Individual tents
  • Personal trail journal

Shuttle

  • Transportation between parking/backpackers campground and trailhead

What's Not Included?

Transportation to Yosemite

Personal Gear and Clothing

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack
  • Personal clothing

Gratuity for Guides

  • 10% – 20% recommended

Trip Insurance

Backcountry Evacuation

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