12 Amazing Backpacking Trips in Yosemite National Park

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in wilderness.

In Yosemite, you can see some of America’s most impressive scenery without stepping foot out of your car. That said, you’ll be sharing the view with thousands of other people and the line of cars ahead doesn’t exactly satisfy your need for wide open spaces and the fresh mountain air that you came for. Of course, there is a solution: head into the backcountry.

A few days of nothing but hiking, camping, and immersing yourself in the Yosemite wilderness is the ultimate getaway if you ask us. Whether you want to spend a week linking up multiple trails or just have time for a quick weekend overnighter, Yosemite has options for everyone. Check out some of our favorite backpacking trips in the park and get out there!

1. Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest


Photo: Nathaniel Polta

2. Backpack 10 Lakes Basin


Photo: Kyle Frost

3. Backpack to Glen Aulin


Photo: Alex Souza

4. Backpack the Snow Creek Trail


Photo: R. Adam Prieto

5. Backpack to Little Yosemite Valley and Hike Half Dome


Photo: Eddie Jo

6. Backpack Cathedral Lakes


Photo: Addison Klinke

7. Backpack Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley


Photo: Kevin Abernethy

8. Camp at Glacier Point (winter only)


Photo: Sarah Vaughn

9. Backpack to Young Lakes


Photo: Kyle Frost

10. Backpack to Vogelsang and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps


Photo: Julie & Brian

11. Backpack to Dewey Point from Tunnel View


Photo: Jonathon Reed

12. Backpack to Buena Vista Lake


Photo: Austin Trigg

Cover photo: Addison Klinke

Published: April 24, 2017

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