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The Best Backpacking in El Portal

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Top backpacking spots in and near El Portal

  • Wawona, California

    Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls

    17.18 mi / 4373 ft gain
    Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Tamarack Flat to El Capitan

    16.54 mi / 3793 ft gain
    Tamarack Flat to El Capitan Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Tamarack Flat to Yosemite Valley

    16.79 mi / 3875 ft gain
    Tamarack Flat to Yosemite Valley Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack Yosemite's South Rim

    5.0
    18 mi / 2800 ft gain
    Step 1: Get Wilderness Permit from the Wilderness Office the day before! Permits are free and required. This trail is a Point-to-Point trail so make sure you have a shuttle situation figured out (or you can always hitch hike).  The best option is to get dropped off at Tunnel View so that you don'...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Dewey Point via Tunnel View

    5.0
    9.25 mi / 2979 ft gain
    Dewey Point lies on the western side of the Pohono Trail, across the valley from El Capitan and above Cathedral Rocks. When I was there in September, it was deserted but for a few birds drifting on the thermals above the cliffs. The sunset was stunning. It felt like there was nothing between me a...
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  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Winter Backpack to Sentinel Dome in Yosemite

    5.0
    19.23 mi / 860 ft gain
    The goal for our weekend was to do some winter camping in the Yosemite backcountry; we decided on Sentinel Dome as our destination. The trail is a cakewalk during the summer, but winter turns it into a 10 mile uphill grind from the car. Most people opt to head for the ski hut at Glacier Point, bu...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Nordic Ski and Snowshoe to Glacier Point

    5.0
    21 mi
    Known for its breathtaking vistas, towering granite faces, and thundering waterfalls, Yosemite National Park truly is one of the world’s most astounding landscapes. Though the park covers nearly 1200 square miles, the vast majority of the ~4 million annual visitors spend almost all their time ar...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Alder Creek Falls

    10 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The trail leads from the parking area across the Mosquito Creek road and heads uphill north through an open pine forest with manzanita growing on dry slopes. The trail provides access to Alder Creek Falls a hidden gem within Yosemite's Wawona wilderness. I did the trail towards the end of Februar...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Hike to Eagle Peak via Rockslides Trail

    4.0
    16.07 mi / 5568 ft gain
    A Yosemite Valley trip in May has tourist filled buses, noisy car alarms, and crowded trails written all over it. Thus, I wanted to avoid the beaten path. Looking into possible destinations, John Muir once said in regards to Eagle Peak, "where the most comprehensive of all the views to be had on ...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Dewey Point via McGurk Meadow Trailhead

    5.0
    7.51 mi / 300 ft gain
    Before you start, be sure to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and grab an overnight permit. More info on this at nps.gov. This trail meanders through beautiful, dense meadows full of wildlife - watch for bears! When you're not hiking among the wildflowers and babbling brooks, you're enc...
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  • Wawona, California

    Buena Vista Crest Trail to Royal Arch Lake

    30.03 mi / 3606 ft gain
    Buena Vista Crest Trail to Royal Arch Lake is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Glacier Point

    4.7
    9.17 mi / 3491 ft gain
    Everyone that knows Yosemite, knows Glacier Point. An overlook that attracts thousands of people per day that drive up via Glacier Point Road is rarely vacant of the hustle and bustle of people. However, there is a loop hole here, and when the stars align you can have Glacier Point ALL to yoursel...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack to Yosemite's Eagle Peak via Yosemite Falls

    12.6 mi / 3779 ft gain
    Get a permit.  Any overnight backpacking in Yosemite requires a permit from the Wilderness Center.  Before you leave make sure to get one! Get a bear canister!  Bears are active in Yosemite and all backpackers must take the required measures to keep food away from them! Start at Camp 4.  Eagle Pe...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Upper Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Indian Rock, Snow Creek

    17.54 mi / 6053 ft gain
    Upper Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Indian Rock, Snow Creek Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    El Capitan Trail

    5.0
    14.68 mi / 5052 ft gain
    Start on the Yosemite Falls trailhead and work your way up. Yosemite Falls can be anywhere from a huge flow to a slow trickle depending on the time of year. Hiking boots are absolutely necessary and hiking poles are a huge benefit. Say hello to rock climbers at the top as they finish their El Cap...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    El Capitan Loop

    20.48 mi / 5312 ft gain
    El Capitan Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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