Glacier Point Hut Snowshoe Tour

Yosemite, CA

Trip Highlights

  • Views of Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite Falls, El Cap & Half Dome
  • Hike to Sentinel Dome
  • Fascinating Natural & Cultural History
  • Long Days of Snowshoeing
  • Cozy Hut Lodging

Description

Please Note: This trip is not being offered for the foreseeable future due to a temporary closure of the Glacier Point Hut.

Enjoy the backcountry of Yosemite National Park in its most peaceful and pristine season, when the Sierra Nevada Mountains are blanketed in deep snow, and do it in comfort! This trip is a great winter adventure on which we snowshoe over 10 miles each way on a groomed ski trail, past some of Yosemite’s best views, to one of Yosemite’s most famous high points, Glacier Point. Winter is a wonderful time to explore Yosemite as it provides quiet solitude and we can escape the summer crowds. The breathtaking views from Glacier point, 3000 ft above Yosemite Valley, includes Half Dome, North Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan! We will also summit one of Yosemite’s iconic domes, Sentinel Dome, and explore the fissures at Taft point. This tour includes an expert guide, local transportation, all your meals, top-of-the-line gear and two nights in the iconic Glacier Point Ski Hut – which features comfy bunkbeds (communal accommodations), hot and hearty meals and comfortable couches in front of a warm fireplace. This is a phenomenal way to experience Yosemite in the winter!

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3 Days
$1175 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-6 Guests
Trip Length: 3 Days
Distance: 28MI / 43KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
15-20 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
6-11 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1227 feet day hiking
Most Elevation Gain:
1227 feet day hiking
Quality of Trails:
Groomed Ski Tracks and Snowy Trails
Additional:
The hike to and from Glacier Point Hut is on a groomed ski trail. Our second day’s trek to the top of Sentinel Dome is on a snowy hiking trail that may or may not be broken by previous hikers.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. regularly exercise vigorously
  3. be comfortable hiking, biking, running, or swimming for several hours without many breaks

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Yosemite trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

TRAVEL TO MARIPOSA

You’ll meet your hiking guide and group in Mariposa, CA for an orientation meeting the evening before our trip begins. Mariposa is on Highway 140 between Merced and Yosemite National Park. It is approximately 45 minutes from Merced and 90 minutes from Fresno. There are plenty of affordable lodging options in Mariposa for the pre-trip night. One we recommend is the Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel.

California does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Yosemite National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • Shuttle the trailhead: 90 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 10.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1227 feet
  • Accommodations: Glacier Point Hut

Our Glacier Point Hut Snowshoe trip begins with pick up at your hotel in Mariposa, CA. After a quick breakfast we will shuttle up to the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area where our trek begins. We will strap on our snowshoes and begin hiking up Glacier Point Road along a groomed ski trail. The hike is 10 miles one way to the hut. We will take our time getting there and enjoy spectacular views from the Southern Rim of Yosemite Valley that include El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. After a while an “in your face” view of Half Dome will appear as we get closer to the hut. Once we reach Glacier Point Hut we will take some time to enjoy the views from our breathtaking setting and settle in for a hearty meal and the welcoming fireplace inside the hut.

DAY 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 728 feet
  • Accommodations: Glacier Point Hut

Today we will awake to a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a hot breakfast inside the hut and prepare to snowshoe to the summit of Sentinel Dome. After a short, uphill hike we will climb the last few hundred feet to the top of Yosemite’s Sentinel Dome. This is one of the best 360-degree views in the park. From the dome you can see El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Mount Clark. We will continue on the Pohono Trail as we explore the spit rock Fissures at Taft point, and another breathtaking view from the Southern Rim. After a relaxing, extremely scenic picnic lunch we will retrace our steps back to the hut for a final, cozy evening in the backcountry of Yosemite.

DAY 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 10.9 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 1227 feet
  • Shuttle to Curry Village: 90 minutes

Today, after another amazing breakfast inside the Glacier Point Hut, we will indulge in one last view as we pack up and head down the ski trail to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. During the long trek back, we will stop for a trail lunch and enjoy the gentle sounds of the forest and faraway waterfalls. Retracing our steps along the Glacier Point Road brings us back to where we started and our vehicle. A shuttle back to Mariposa through the wintery landscape concludes this amazing 3-day trip.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Two nights of lodging in Glacier Point Hut
  • Use of trekking poles and snowshoes
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (starting and ending from Mariposa, CA)
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yosemite hiking/snowshoeing guide
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

GEAR WE PROVIDE

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Snowshoes
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

WHAT GEAR TO BRING

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

WHERE DO WE MEET?

You will meet your guide and group at a designated hotel (determined by the guide based on where everyone is staying) in Mariposa, CA for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We’re more than happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you’re staying in Mariposa but not at the meeting location. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

START/END TIMES

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will be out of the backcountry normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time) on the final day.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

GUIDES

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GUIDE SHIFTS

Yosemite, Lost Coast, Mount Lassen, Eastern Sierras, Sequioa-Kings Canyon guides work daily shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. During off hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) the guides’ time is their own, and they are free to sleep, rest, take personal time, postpone guest requests until the next morning, and any other legal, reasonable activity people engage in when not working. We ask all guests to respect the guides’ off-duty hours by not waking or asking anything of them unless there is a true emergency. Also, state law requires that employees receive an uninterrupted 10 minute break every four working hours, so guides are required to take four 10 minute breaks between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 14 and older to join this trip

WEATHER IN THE SIERRAS

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
Alpine
hi
low
hi
low
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
December
48°
26°
46°
25°

Accommodations

Accommodations

GLACIER POINT HUT

2 NIGHTS

Glacier Point Hut is a backcountry, communal hut with bunkbeds, a fireplace, couches and restrooms. The hut fits up to 20 people in one large room. The hut has electricity, running water and flush toilets but no showers. All meals are provided on this tour.

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

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