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Glacier Point Hut Snowshoe Tour

Highlights

  •   Stunning views of Yosemite Valley
  •   Cozy backcountry hut lodging
  •   Amazing day trip to Sentinel Dome
  •   Fascinating natural & cultural history
  •   Long days of snowshoeing
  •   Yosemite Falls, El Cap & Half Dome

Description

Enjoy the backcountry of Yosemite National Park in its most peaceful and pristine season, when the Sierra Nevada Mountains are blanketed in deep snow, and do it in comfort! This trip is a great winter adventure on which we snowshoe over 10 miles each way on a groomed ski trail, past some of Yosemite's best views, to one of Yosemite’s most famous high points, Glacier Point. Winter is a wonderful time to explore Yosemite as it provides quiet solitude and we can escape the summer crowds. The breathtaking views from Glacier point, 3000 ft above Yosemite Valley, includes Half Dome, North Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan! We will also summit one of Yosemite’s iconic domes, Sentinel Dome, and explore the fissures at Taft point. This tour includes an expert guide, local transportation, all your meals, top-of-the-line gear and two nights in the iconic Glacier Point Ski Hut - which features comfy bunkbeds (communal accommodations), hot and hearty meals and comfortable couches in front of a warm fireplace. This is a phenomenal way to experience Yosemite in the winter!

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Hut-based Snowshoe Tour
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Mariposa, CA
3 days
28mi / 43km
$1105 Per Person

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Trip Dates & Booking

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle the trailhead: 90 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 10.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1227 feet
  • Accommodations: Glacier Point Hut

Our Glacier Point Hut Snowshoe trip begins with pick up at your hotel in Mariposa, CA. After a quick breakfast we will shuttle up to the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area where our trek begins. We will strap on our snowshoes and begin hiking up Glacier Point Road along a groomed ski trail. The hike is 10 miles one way to the hut. We will take our time getting there and enjoy spectacular views from the Southern Rim of Yosemite Valley that include El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. After a while an "in your face" view of Half Dome will appear as we get closer to the hut. Once we reach Glacier Point Hut we will take some time to enjoy the views from our breathtaking setting and settle in for a hearty meal and the welcoming fireplace inside the hut.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 728 feet
  • Accommodations: Glacier Point Hut

Today we will awake to a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a hot breakfast inside the hut and prepare to snowshoe to the summit of Sentinel Dome. After a short, uphill hike we will climb the last few hundred feet to the top of Yosemite’s Sentinel Dome. This is one of the best 360-degree views in the park. From the dome you can see El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Mount Clark. We will continue on the Pohono Trail as we explore the spit rock Fissures at Taft point, and another breathtaking view from the Southern Rim. After a relaxing, extremely scenic picnic lunch we will retrace our steps back to the hut for a final, cozy evening in the backcountry of Yosemite.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 10.9 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 1227 feet
  • Shuttle to Curry Village: 90 minutes

Today, after another amazing breakfast inside the Glacier Point Hut, we will indulge in one last view as we pack up and head down the ski trail to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. During the long trek back, we will stop for a trail lunch and enjoy the gentle sounds of the forest and faraway waterfalls. Retracing our steps along the Glacier Point Road brings us back to where we started and our vehicle. A shuttle back to Mariposa through the wintery landscape concludes this amazing 3-day trip.




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Two nights of lodging in Glacier Point Hut
  • Use of trekking poles and snowshoes
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (starting and ending from Mariposa, CA)
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yosemite hiking/snowshoeing guide
  • 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 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
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Snowshoes
  • 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 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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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?

You will meet your guide and group at a designated hotel (determined by the guide based on where everyone is staying) in Mariposa, CA for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're more than happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're staying in Mariposa but not at the meeting location. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

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 pick up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6 and 7 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.


Guide Shifts

Yosemite and Sequioa-Kings Canyon guides work daily shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. During off hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) the guides' time is their own, and they are free to sleep, rest, take personal time, postpone guest requests until the next morning, and any other legal, reasonable activity people engage in when not working. We ask all guests to respect the guides' off-duty hours by not waking or asking anything of them unless there is a true emergency. Also, state law requires that employees receive an uninterrupted 10 minute break every four working hours, so guides are required to take four 10 minute breaks between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 14 and older to join this trip


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°
 

Accommodations

Glacier Point Hut

Glacier Point Hut

2 nights

Glacier Point Hut is a backcountry, communal hut with bunkbeds, a fireplace, couches and restrooms. The hut fits up to 20 people in one large room. The hut has electricity, running water and flush toilets but no showers. All meals are provided on this tour.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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