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11 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Yosemite National Park

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in Yosemite National Park!

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In Yosemite, you can see some of America’s most impressive scenery without stepping foot out of your car. That said, you’ll be sharing the view with thousands of other people and the line of cars ahead doesn’t exactly satisfy your need for wide open spaces and the fresh mountain air that you came for. Of course, there is a solution: head into the backcountry.

A few days of nothing but hiking, camping, and immersing yourself in the Yosemite wilderness is the ultimate getaway if you ask us. Whether you want to spend a week linking up multiple trails or just have time for a quick weekend overnighter, Yosemite has options for everyone. Check out some of our favorite backpacking trips in the park and get out there!

1. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest


Photo: Nathaniel Polta

2. 10 Lakes Basin


Photo: Kyle Frost

3. Glen Aulin


Photo: Alex Souza

4. Snow Creek Trail


Photo: R. Adam Prieto

5. Little Yosemite Valley and Hike Half Dome


Photo: Eddie Jo

6. Cathedral Lakes


Photo: Addison Klinke

7. Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley


Photo: Kevin Abernethy

8. Young Lakes


Photo: Kyle Frost

9. Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps


Photo: Julie & Brian

10. Dewey Point from Tunnel View


Photo: Jonathon Reed

11. Buena Vista Lake


Photo: Austin Trigg

Cover photo: Addison Klinke

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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