Don’t Be A Smart Pass: Northern Yosemite

up to 7 guests 

5 day expedition 

August 18 - August 23rd 

$725 per person

Treasure hunting in the Yosemite High Country. Gems include: cascading rivers over polished granite, remote “infinity pool” alpine lakes, white granite peaks with options to get up high and take it all in. This expedition is seventy percent on trail, with thirty percent off the path and on our own adventure.


August 18 - August 23rd 

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is intended for mid-level backpackers and folks who are seasoned hikers but greener to the whole “everything on your back” deal.

  • Day 1. Meet at Tuolumne Meadows store at 9am. After checking gear, and packing food, we will drive to the Murphy Creek trailhead. The day will be spent hiking on glacial polished granite as we hike through the domes of the high country.
  • Day 2. Wake early and join the PCT as we enter Cold Canyon. Stop for tea, maybe catch a trout, smell some wildflowers, before our off trail ascent begins up to Upper McCabe lake.
  • Day 3. Layover at Upper McCabe Lake. Multiple cups of coffee, baking, fishing, optional ascent of North Peak (stunning views of Yosemite, Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra).
  • Day 4. Up early for our ascent up and over “Don’t be a Smart Pass” to Roosevelt Lake. From there we will continue to Young Lakes below Ragged Peak.
  • Day 5. Hike back to Tuolumne Meadows. Back at the trail between 12-2pm. Eat ice cream, revel at the beauty, reluctantly turn on your phone.


  • Expedition begins out of Tuolumne Meadows. Closest airports are Reno, NV and Fresno, CA. Public transportation to Tuolumne Meadows is available through Yosemite Area Regional Transit (Y.A.R.T.S.). If transportation to Tuolumne has too many speed bumps, please contact us for other transportation ideas.
  • All food and beverages are included in the cost, starting with breakfast on the first day of the course, through lunch on the final day.
  • Group gear (stoves, cookware, first aid kit, group tarp, etc) is included. Check out our personal packing list on our planning page. There may be options to rent gear from us.
  • Camping at Tuolumne Meadows backpackers camp is available the night before the trip begins.
  • With the unpredictable and lengthening wildfire season, we recommend purchasing trip insurance.
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