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Backpacking / Trekking in Yosemite National Park, California USA

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Over 1000 miles/1609.3 km of paved trails
Yosemite National Park is located near Mariposa, California, USA.

Yosemite’s Park is the perfect place for backpacking. The mild weather, the breathtaking landscapes and the over 1000 mi/1609.3 km of trails available, makes it a backpacker’s oasis. The park offers guided tours, but if you like you can backpack on your own. Just make sure to purchase the permits that are required for backpacking.

If you choose the guided backpacking, you need to take care of the permits and backpacking equipment (even clothing). If you wish, Yosemite’s Park, organizes a three day backpacking trip from Young Lakes to Mt. Conness. It starts with a fairly level about 8 mi/12.8 km hike to Young Lakes, which is below Mt. Conness. Second day has an ascent at Mt. Conness, where you can have a revelation of the magnificent views of Mono Basin and Tuolumne Region.

Another trip is a four day backpacking trip from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. The journey starts from Tuolumne and continues over Vogelsang Pass to Merced Lake and ends at Yosemite Valley. Highlights of the trip are towering trees, alpine meadows and high mountain passes.

Some other trips are Clouds Rest Trip from Tenaya Lake to Yosemite Valley, Buena Vista Lake Trip from Turner Meadows to Buena Vista Lake, and the High Sierra Camp Loop from Tuolumne to Vogelsang Pass.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM San Francisco
195 miles/313.82 km, 3 hours 54 minutes
Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East). Take Highway 580 east, following signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205 Follow Highway 205 to Highway 120. Take Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park.
BY CAR FROM Las Vegas, Nevada
372 miles/598.68 km, 6 hours 27 minutes
Take US-95 N for 170 +/- miles. Near Forks Station, turn LEFT onto NV-266 and follow for 50+ miles at which point it becomes NV-264 (shortly after entering California). Stay on NV-264 until reaching US 6. Turn LEFT onto US-6 (West toward Benton and Bishop) and follow for 23+ miles. Take exit onto CA-120 in Benton. Follow CA-120 to Highway 395 N. Follow Highway 395N/CA-120 to Lee Vining where you will exit Highway 395 and continue on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park. (Portions of Highway 120 may be closed seasonally).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
170 miles/273.59 km, 3 hours 35 minutes
Take Highway 99 South to Manteca. Exit onto Highway 120 East in Manteca and follow directly into Yosemite.
BY CAR FROM Los Angeles
340 miles/547.18 km, 6 hours 9 minutes
Follow Interstate 5 North towards Bakersfield. Just beyond the Grapevine towards Bakersfield, follow Highway 99 North to Fresno. From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley.
BY AIR
Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT),
125 miles/201.17 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrack  Trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with VIA bus lines for direct luxury motor-coach into Yosemite Valley. Fares include the bus travel and the park entrance fee. For fares, schedules and information visit the following links.

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