A hiker on the summit of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.

The Best First Backpacking Trip in Yosemite

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Looking for a magnificent, first backpacking trip in Yosemite that hits all the famous highlights and is beginner-friendly? This 37.2-mile loop from Yosemite Valley in the core of the park is the one for you. You’ll hike the Mist Trail past 317-foot Vernal Fall and 594-foot Nevada Fall, ascend the cable route up Half Dome and tag the equally spectacular summit of Clouds Rest, walk a section of the world-famous John Muir Trail, and get an iconic view of the Cathedral Range from your campsite on the edge of the alpine meadows at Sunrise. Besides the main route, this e-guide describes alternate itineraries beginning and ending at various trailheads ringing this core area of the park, including routes that begin and end at Tuolumne Meadows and stunning Tenaya Lake.

See my blog post “Ask Me: Where to Backpack First Time in Yosemite” for a short description, with photos, of the primary route described in much more detail this e-guide.

Purchase this e-guide NOW to begin planning this perfect first Yosemite backpacking adventure!

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