12 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Yosemite National Park

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in wilderness.

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. Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest

Photo: Nathaniel Polta

2. Backpack 10 Lakes Basin

Photo: Kyle Frost

3. Backpack to Glen Aulin

Photo: Alex Souza

4. Backpack the Snow Creek Trail

Photo: R. Adam Prieto

5. Backpack to Little Yosemite Valley and Hike Half Dome

Photo: Eddie Jo

6. Backpack Cathedral Lakes

Photo: Addison Klinke

7. Backpack Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Photo: Kevin Abernethy

8. Camp at Glacier Point (winter only)

Photo: Sarah Vaughn

9. Backpack to Young Lakes

Photo: Kyle Frost

10. Backpack to Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps

Photo: Julie & Brian

11. Backpack to Dewey Point from Tunnel View

Photo: Jonathon Reed

12. Backpack to 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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