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Yosemite National Park, Half-Dome, Trip #1, CA

Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2022 -- $1500 ★★★★

Yosemite National Park is a beautiful Sierra wonderland featuring towering mountains, thundering waterfalls and rugged pulchritude. The incredible views in this wilderness are virtually inescapable, it's actually hard to avoid them. On our trip, we will be hiking to two of the most iconic, universally recognized landmarks, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. At the end of the trip, we'll cap it off with a walk through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias -- leviathan trees which can grow to be over 300' tall.

Our journey will begin on Tioga Road at Tenaya Lake. We'll head towards Half Dome and eventually Clouds Rest, but camp at Sunrise Lakes along the way. Our journey ends with a day-hike through the Giant Sequoias. Along the way, you may see black bears, big horn sheep, yellow bellied marmots, mule deer, pika, short tailed-weasels and possibly even a mountain lion.

Come join us to see why everyone will be envious of you.


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures well into the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 80s and as low as 30 plus violent afternoon thunderstorms. Here is the anticipated weather.

Probable Trip Leaders

Rick Romine
Collin Chambers


$1500 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Fresno, CA (FAT), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits and 2 awesome guides.

Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.


The trails through Yosemite National Park are very well groomed with good footing. However, elevation gain and loss can be dramatic. Furthermore, some days have relatively high elevation changes making this trip difficult at times. However the views are engaging and rewarding with incredible, continually changing scenery few ever get to see.

Important Notes

Half-Dome permits are very difficult to obtain and getting them requires precise timing, a smaller group size, schedule flexibility and a lot of luck. Even getting permitted for this route without a trip to Half-Dome can be difficult. Therefore this is only a tentative itinerary. We must Fax in (yes really) our proposed itinerary exactly 168 days prior to the trip at midnight in order to be included in the trailhead quota for the trip we propose. Depending upon whether we are ultimately awarded a backcountry permit, we may do this itinerary in reverse or possibly even visit another section of the park.

This is the 1st of 2 Fatpacking trips to Yosemite for 2022. Here is a link to the second trip,

In 2021, Yosemite was in a drought so water may be somewhat scarce along the route. This could change by July 2022, but be prepared to carry extra water on some days.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Fly, bus or drive into Fresno, CA (FAT). Some time between Noon - 3PM is the ideal time to arrive, but flights can be limited so you may have to arrive a few hours earlier or less desirably, later.

Note: Flights to Fresno can be expensive, so book early. It's possible that someone else will drive in from San Francisco or Oakland (3+ hours) so we might be able to arrange a carpool if you decide to do this.

Take the free airport shuttle to our local hotel TBD

Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought.

Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar from our copious ingredients

"Before" body composition measurements taken

If you have forgotten or overlooked gear, we may take a trip to REI, 7810 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, (559) 261-4168

Go out for a group welcome dinner (not included in trip cost)

Monday, July 25, 2022

Second set of "before" measurements taken

Free Hotel Breakfast or continental breakfast provided by the guides

If you drove, vehicles may be left at Hotel. However, the hotel may charge you a fee and assumes no responsibility for your car's security and will have you sign a document saying so.

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and placed in storage

Shuttle to Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake Trailhead (about 4 hours)

Pick up backcountry permit and bear canisters when entering the park

Eat lunch and pack food into bear canisters, then re-pack packs with full canisters.

Start hiking at Sunrise Lakes Trailhead, elevation 8150'

Hike 2.5 uphill miles to Sunrise Lakes Trail intersection, elevation 9200'

Hike about 1.0 miles to Lower Sunrise Lake, elevation 9300'

Camp at Lower Sunrise Lake, elevation 9300'

Miles today: 3.5 miles. Total to Date: 3.5 miles

Possible Bailout: Tioga Rd

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Hike about 1.5 miles to Sunrise Campsite / John Muir Trail, elevation 9350'

Turn left and hike 0.9 miles on the John Muir Trail to a trail intersection, elevation 935-'

Turn right and hike about 4.1 downhill miles to a footbridge, elevation 8150'

Camp near the footbridge, elevation 8150

Miles today: 6.5. Total miles: 10.0

Possible bailout: Tioga road

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Hike about 5.1 miles to a trail intersection with the John Muir Trail, elevation 7850'

Hike 1.9 miles to a trail intersection that goes towards Clouds Rest, elevation 7300'

Camp in a dispersed campsite along the Sunrise Creek tributary, elevation 7300'

We will stay here 2 nights

Miles today: 7.0. Total miles: 17.0

Possible bailout: Tioga Road a day away

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Day-hiking only today. Keep tents pitched at Sunrise Creek.

Day-hike about 6.0 round-trip miles to the summit of Half Dome, elevation 8836'

Take lots of photos of this iconic view and drink in the grandeur.

Camp in a dispersed campsite along the Sunrise Creek tributary, elevation 7300'

Miles today: 6.0. Total miles: 23.0

Possible bailout: Tioga Road a day away

Friday, July 29, 2022

Option 1: Hike 3.6 miles to the summit of Clouds Rest, another iconic Yosemite destination.

Option 1: Hike 5.4 miles to lower Sunrise Lake

Option 2: Hike 7.6 miles to Lower Sunrise Lake, bypassing the summit of Clouds Rest

Camp at Lower Sunrise Lake, elevation 9300'

Miles today: 9.0 or 7.6. Total miles: 32.0 or 30.6

Possible bailout: Tioga Rd.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Hike 3.5 miles back to Tioga Road, elevation 8150'

Get in vehicle(s) and shuttle about an hour to the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead, elevation 6200'

Day-Hike 2.0 round trip miles to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, elevation 6600'

End of hiking

Miles today: 5.5. Total miles: 37.5 or 36.1

Possible bailout: Tioga Road

Shuttle back to Fresno. Check back into local hotel TBD

Your stuff will be transported here shortly after we arrive and check in

After measurements taken

Go out to celebratory dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards Ceremony

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Free airport shuttle

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