Backpack to Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps

Lyell Canyon Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Julie & Brian

Spend three days exploring the remote high country of Yosemite.

If you love the idea of backpacking to remote mountain destinations, but shudder at the thought of carrying a heavy pack and digging a hole to poop in, the High Sierra Camps are a great option. Nestled in the Yosemite wilderness, these outposts are spaced roughly between 5-10 miles apart, making for a great day hike. All you have to worry about is carrying the essentials because when you arrive to each camp, you are provided with dinner, a bed to sleep in (via a canvas tent and cot), and sent off the next morning after a huge breakfast. There are many options for planning a trip through the High Sierra Camps, but this loop happens to be our favorite because of the gorgeous scenery, and our ability to do it over a long weekend. 

Day 1: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp via Lyell Canyon.

Day 2: Vogelsang High Sierra Camp to Merced Lake High Sierra Camp via Lewis Creek.

Day 3: Merced Lake High Sierra Camp to Tenaya Lake via the Cloud's Rest Trail. Note: You'll have to get a ride on the Yosemite Shuttle to get back to your car. 

Reservations for the High Sierra Camps are made through a lottery system. For more details about the process, or to apply, visit the following link: http://www.travelyosemite.com/...

Distance

32 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Backpacking, Hiking

Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

From $143/night

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA

From $386/night

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Yosemite Valley, California

From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

From $90/night

Half Dome Village

Yosemite Valley, California

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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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