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Portered Mount Conness

Highlights

  • Guides Choice portered trip in Yosemite
  • Backcountry trip with light day packs
  • Ton of adventure and scenery into 3 days
  • Stunning Tuolumne Meadows
  • Campsite on an alpine lakeshore
  • Ascent of Mount Conness (12,590')
  • Best views in Yosemite's backcountry
  • Joys of solitude and wilderness

Description

Our Portered Mount Conness trip is a fantastic choice for people looking to pack an amazing amount of backcountry adventure into just three days. It is also a wonderful choice for families or anyone wanting to experience Yosemite's pristine wilderness on a multiday trip without the heavier packs of a backpacking trip. We begin in stunning Tuolumne Meadows, a subalpine wonderland of meandering trout rivers, sparkling granite domes, vast meadows, and amazing alpine views. We'll camp on the shores of the beautiful Young Lakes and on Day 2 day hike off trail to the top of Mount Conness (the 7th highest peak in Yosemite), which provides an exciting ascent and phenomenal panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding high country.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to explore off-the-beaten-path wonders and high country beauty of Yosemite National Park with the assistance of porters! Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

This Yosemite trip begins with rendezvous in Yosemite Valley on the patio of Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) in front of the Yosemite Mountain Shop at 6PM on Day 1. The Mountain shop is located on the street-facing side of the Half Dome Village Pavilion (closest to the parking lot). You will easily spot your guide waiting for you in a Wildland Trekking hat and shirt. We'll conduct an orientation meeting and enjoy dinner together here at Half Dome Village, after which we'll get settled in the Backpackers Camp a stone's throw away from majestic Tenaya Creek and under the spectacular domes and cliffs of Yosemite Valley.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Elevation Loss: 300 feet


Our first hike begins in beautiful Tuolumne Meadows, the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra. From the trailhead we hike with light day packs, as our porters hike in and set up camp. We'll pass Lembert Dome, one of the many shining granite domes that surround the meadow, as we wind our way up hill through a thick forest of lodgepole pines. A quick ascent brings us to Dog Lake, with incredible views south to colorful Mount Dana and Gibbs, where we take our first break and soak in the scenery. Pushing onward, we cross more flower-filled meadows that reveal phenomenal views of the serrated peaks of the Cathedral Range dominating the skyline to the south. After a trailside lunch we reach one of the most beautiful areas in Yosemite, the Young Lakes Basin at almost 10,000 ft. Here, our camp waiting for us, we settle down to a well-deserved gourmet dinner after taking a quick dip in the bracing waters of lower Young Lake.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2600 feet
Elevation Loss: 2600 feet


We start the morning with hot drinks and a filling breakfast in the chilly high altitude air as we prepare for the highlight of our trip: the summit of 12,590 ft. Mount Conness, the seventh highest peak in Yosemite! The shear southwest face of the peak dominates the view as we pass middle and upper Young Lakes on our cross-country route through a sparse forest of whitebark pines. After crossing the headwaters of Conness Creek we begin a steep ascent to a tarn nestled in a beautiful basin on the south slopes of Mount Conness. Here, a difficult climb up a slippery talus slope brings us to the easier summit plateau. A final class three scramble brings us to the summit with one of the best views in the Sierra. Half Dome, Cathedral Peak and Mount Lyell are a few of the hundreds of peaks we see as our view stretches from California’s Coast Range to Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada! After our summit lunch, we retrace our steps to camp, in time for another afternoon dip in the refreshing waters of lower Young Lake.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7.3 miles
Elevation Gain: minimal
Elevation Loss: 1400 feet


With some nostalgia and after a quick breakfast we begin our last day’s hike out. Our porters will hike in, break down camp, and transport everything out while we again hike comfortably with light day packs. Happily, it is almost all downhill as we retrace our first days hike for about a mile and a half before we veer off on the trail toward Dingley Creek. As we approach Tuolumne Meadows, views through the forest of lodgepole pines open up to show fantastic cloud forms over the surrounding granite domes and spires. We soon meet up with day hikers and trail riders as we approach the trailhead. Here we’ll enjoy one last lunch together and celebrate our successful summit triumph!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Porters to transport gear in and out on days 1 and 3, as well as set up and break down camp
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yosemite hiking guide
  • National park backcountry camping permits
  • Bear cannisters for food storage
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, leather gloves (for the cables) and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear cannisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person, leather gloves, and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip meets in Yosemite Valley on the patio of Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) in front of the Yosemite Mountain Shop at 6PM on Day 1. The Mountain Shop is located on the street-facing side of the Half Dome Village Pavilion (closest to the parking lot). You will easily spot your guide waiting for you in a Wildland Trekking hat and shirt. This trip includes dinner and camping that night at the backpackers camp. Personal vehicles can remain parked at Half Dome Village during your trip.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's rendezvous time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will be out of the backcountry normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time) on the final day.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides (the porters hike separately). If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 10 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
  • specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Valleys
Alpine
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
 
 
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
 
 
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
 
 
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
 
 
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
 
 
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
 
 
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
 
 
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
 
 
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
 
 
December
48°
26°
46°
25°