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    Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley

    Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley

    $740 per person

    Traverse the Sierra on a mind blowing adventure of either 6 days of backpacking, or an ultra-lightweight 4-day fastpacking style!


    Traverse the Sierra on a mind blowing adventure of either 6 days of backpacking, or an ultra-lightweight 4-day fastpacking style! Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley is one of the greatest ways to see the best of the John Muir Trail, and the Sierra!

    Minimum 2 to run for these dates and prices. We can arrange these trips or similar for you on a custom private basis.

    Hike, or run as the case may be, past a skyline of granite spires and peaks, crystal clear rivers, and smooth glacier-polished granite.

    This trip couldn’t be more classic. In a backpacker’s style we offer a 58 mile journey over 6 days of travel on the world famous John Muir Trail. We also offer this trip in a special lightweight fastpacking style in just 4 days! Both trips are described here. Hike, or run as the case may be, past a skyline of granite spires and peaks, crystal clear rivers, and smooth glacier-polished granite. For much of the time we will be above 8000 feet, and along the way you will have an opportunity to summit two of the most sought after summits in Yosemite National Park – Half Dome and Clouds Rest. This trip is particularly incredible if you: a) have never been to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows or the Ritter Range, b) have been to all those places, and now would enjoy the opportunity to connect them to each other on trails, or c) have a pulse. Our guides are world-class backcountry experts that love to take enthusiastic hikers on this jaw-dropping trip. Join us!

    • Included
      backpacking
      fastpacking
      John Muir Trail
      lightweight
      Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
      mountain running
      Tuolumne
      yosemite national park
    • Not Included
      14ers
      3D chute
      3rd pillar
      3rd Pillar Dana
      AIARE
      AIARE 1
      AIARE 2
      Alaska
      Alaska skiing
      alpine
      alpine climbing
      alpine rock climbing
      Alps
      Alps climbing
      Alps running
      Alps skiing
      Alps trilogy
      American Mountain Guides Association
      AMGA
      avalanche awareness
      avalanche course
      backcountry
      backcountry 101
      backcountry ski
      Backcountry Skiing
      backcountry snowboard
      Bear Creek Spire
      Berner Oberland
      Bernese Oberland
      Bishop
      Bishop Skyline
      Blacksmith Peak
      Bloody Mountain
      Breakthrough
      Bridgeport
      California
      California fourteeners
      camping
      Cardinal Pinnacle
      Carson Peak
      Celestial Aretes
      Chamonix
      Chamonix climbing
      Charlotte Dome
      chef
      classic rock climb
      classic Sierra rock
      climb
      climbing
      climbing camp
      climbing skills
      climbing Swiss Alps
      Clyde Minaret
      Convict Creek
      cook
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      courses instruction
      crampon
      Crest tour
      Crystal Crag
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      destinations
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      Dolomites climbing
      Double Eagle Resort
      Dream Bowl
      East Buttress
      East Face
      Eastern Sierra climbing
      Eastern Sierra skiing
      Eastern Sierra Winter
      Eiger
      Evolution Loop
      exam
      Fishhook Arete
      Four Seasons
      France
      Glass Creek
      Grindelwald
      guide course
      Haute Route
      heli assisted
      heli skiing
      Hemlock Ridge
      High Sierra
      High Sierra skiing
      high tour
      hiking
      Horse Creek
      horses
      Horsetail Falls
      Hut to Hut
      ice 101
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      Incredible Hulk
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      Las Vegas
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      lee vining canyon
      level 1
      level 1 refresher
      level 2
      light and fast
      Lone Pine
      Lone Pine Peak
      Lovers Leap
      Mammoth Lakes
      Mammoth Mountain
      Mammoth to June
      Mammoth to Yosemite
      Matterhorn
      Matterhorn Peak
      McGee Creek
      Merriam Peak
      mixed climbing
      Monch
      Mont Blanc
      Mont Blanc run
      Mount Conness
      Mount Dana
      Mount Emerson
      Mount Gabb
      Mount Humphreys
      Mount Mills
      mountaineering
      Mountaineers Route
      Mt Conness
      Mt. Dana
      Mt. Emerson
      Mt. Humphreys
      Mt. Russell
      Mt. Sill
      Mt. Tom
      Mt. Whitney
      Mt. Winchell
      mules
      multiday
      negatives
      Nevada
      North Palisade
      North Peak
      north ridge
      onion valley to mt. whitney
      Ortler
      Owens River Gorge
      pack outfit
      pack support
      packers
      palisades
      Palisades Glacier Camp
      peak descents
      Peter Croft
      Pine Creek
      Polemonium Peak
      porters
      Positive Vibrations
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      private custom
      professional development
      Red and White Mountain
      Red Dihedral
      red rock
      Red Slate Mountain
      rescue skills
      Ritter Range
      rock
      rock 201
      rock climbing
      Rock Creek
      Rock Creek to Mammoth
      Sabre Ridge
      San Joaquin Ridge
      Sawtooths
      self arrest
      self belay
      self rescue
      Sequoia National Park
      sherpas
      Sierra
      Sierra 5.10
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      Starlight Peak
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      third pillar
      Thompson Pass
      Thunderbolt Peak
      Tioga
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      trail running
      traverse
      Twin Lakes
      Ultra Trail Mont Blanc
      ultralight
      Valdez
      Via Ferrata
      white line
      wilderness trip
      winter
      Yosemite
      Yosemite ski
      Yost Meadow
      Zermatt
      Zermatt Valley
    TRIP ITINERARY: Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley
    DAY 1 Meet at Mammoth Mountain Inn at 8 am. We’ll leave our cars here for the duration and shuttle back after the hike. (Ask us about options for leaving a car in Yosemite if you are headed West immediately after the trip.) After short bus ride to Agnew Meadows we descend to the San Joaquin River and ascend to camp near Garnet Lake for the evening.
    DAY 2 Traverse beneath the Ritter Range to Island Pass and then over Donohue Pass. Camp in Lyell Canyon.
    DAY 3 Hike 6 miles before lunch, take a resupply (and ice cream!) break at Tuolumne Meadows and motor on another 4 miles to Cathedral Lakes.
    DAY 4 From Cathedral Lakes, we climb to Cathedral Pass, drop down past Columbia Finger, through Sunrise High Sierra Camp, up a minor pass and down to a camp in the headwaters of Sunrise Creek.  8 miles.
    DAY 5 The Peak Bagger’s Day!  We’ll move camp a short distance and have opportunity to climb either Clouds Rest or Half Dome. If you are feeling energetic, we can possibly do them both!
    DAY 6 The last day, all downhill, back into civilization and the depths of the awesome Yosemite Valley! We’ll plunge downhill through Little Yosemite Valley, past Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls.  Finish the day at Curry Village on the Valley floor. Transport back to Mammoth, or on to your next destination with prior arrangement.

    Additional Information

    6-Day Includes:

    • SMG backpacking guide
    • Backcountry meals (dinners & breakfasts)
    • Group camping and cooking equipment
    • Wilderness permits, Half Dome permits, and associated permit fees

    6-Day does not include:

    • Lunches and trail snacks
    • Personal or rental equipment
    • Other personal items
    • Transport before or after trip

    6-Day prerequisites:

    • Good fitness and ability to hike 10 miles per day with a multiday backpack on mountain trails at moderate to high elevations.
    • Adventurous spirit and desire to experience the mountains on foot.
    • Prior backpacking experience is recommended
    TRIP ITINERARY: Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley - ULTRALIGHT!
    DAY 0 Meet at Mammoth Mountain Inn for a gear check on the afternoon prior to the trip start.
    DAY 1 Meet at Mammoth Mountain Inn at 8 am. We’ll leave our cars here for the duration and shuttle back after the hike. (Ask us about options for leaving a car in Yosemite if you are headed West immediately after the trip.) After short bus ride to Agnew Meadows we ascend the San Joaquin River drainage to Island Pass. Over to Donohue Pass and down to camp in Lyell Canyon.
    DAY 2 Easy 6 miles down to Tuolumne Meadows where we resupply (and eat ice cream!). Motor on another 4 miles to Cathedral Lakes and on to camp at Sunrise Lakes.
    DAY 3 An amazing day that is the reward for going light and fast! Traverse Clouds Rest from North to South over a summit with one of the best views in the valley. Descend to the JMT and set camp and ascend once more for the climb up Half Dome. Descend back to camp after one of the best adventure hiking days in Yosemite.
    DAY 4 The last day, all downhill, back into civilization and the depths of the awesome Yosemite Valley! We’ll plunge downhill through Little Yosemite Valley, past Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls.  Finish the day at Curry Village on the Valley floor. Transport back to Mammoth, or on to your next destination with prior arrangement.

    Additional Information

    4-Day Ultralight Includes:

    • SMG fastpacking guide
    • Lightweight backcountry meals (dinners & breakfasts)
    • Ultralight group camping and cooking equipment
    • Cache of extra food and supplies in Tuloumne Meadows
    • Wilderness permits, Half Dome permits, and associated permit fees

    4-Day Ultralight does not include:

    • Lunches and trail snacks
    • Personal or rental equipment
    • Other personal items
    • Transport before or after trip

    4-Day prerequisites:

    • Very good fitness and ability to speed hike 15+ miles per day with a 20-25 pound pack on mountain trails at moderate to high elevations.
    • Adventurous spirit and desire to experience the mountains on foot in a light and fast style.
    • Prior fastpacking experience is recommended