Yosemite Backpacking Trip: How to Hike, Camp, and Backpack in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite camping, hikes, backpacking – I didn’t know how to do any of it. I’ve been to Yosemite before, but it was mostly experienced by driving around and short hikes. It was pretty much a 12 hour blur of taking photos and videos, and then leaving.
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So when my friend invited me on a backpacking trip to Yosemite, I thought it would be a great way to experience the park in a much slower and relaxed way. The only problem was, I had never backpacked before. In fact, I hadn’t even properly camped. It was going to be a new experience.
I documented it all on my phone. It was recommended that I not bring my DSLR and I’m glad I didn’t. Backpacking Yosemite was tough. I learned a lot of new things quickly and put together this very brief, and fast paced how-to video. I call it my how to backpack Yosemite video. I hope it gives you some good information about Yosemite camping and hiking.
Here’s a little more information if you’re interested:
Camping Yosemite is very common. There are plenty of campgrounds. Some are first come, first serve. Some are reserved for backpackers only. And others you can reserve online. Yosemite campgrounds vary is size, type, and location too. So figure out what your game plan is for sight seeing and plan according to that.
If you’re going for the full wilderness experience, then camping Yosemite is going to be a treat. It has the best scenery, you don’t have to see other people, and you get to truly appreciate being in it all.
But if camping isn’t your thing, there are other types of lodging in Yosemite. Some of the hotels are really nice and just fun to be in. Yosemite hotels do fill up fast though, especially in the summer. So plan accordingly.
I always knew Yosemite was big. But I didn’t realize how many official trails there were that you can just go hike on for days. Literally. Yosemite trails are some of the best and they’re also well taken care of. I was surprised how in some areas that felt so remote, the trails were in really good shape and very clear. There were also times where it was a little confusing, but those were certainly less. Yosemite hikes, whether just going for the day, or part of your backpacking trip, will lead to some of the best views you’ll see. And the best part is usually the further you go, the less people you’ll have to share the view with. Again, Yosemite trails are the best. When you plan your trip, sure, go see the big sights, but try to save time to go for a hike too. You won’t regret it.
Backpacking Yosemite was something I won’t forget. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it changed me, but I definitely appreciated it. It was nice to get out in nature for a few days and only worry about that. Nothing else. Yosemite backpacking isn’t easy though. I highly suggest doing a lot of research beforehand or going with someone who’s really experienced. It will just help make everything easier if you’ve never done it before. If you are a seasoned backpacker though, then your biggest difficulty will probably just be deciding which Yosemite trail to take.
Like I say in the video, you carry everything you have on your back all day long, so you need to pack smart. It’s a battle between packing light and having everything you need. When you go with multiple people, you can share some of your items, so that will help keep your bag lighter.
I’d suggest looking at Yosemite’s website. They have all the backpacking rules and procedures so you can learn all that before you go. Again, it’s really thorough and the park does a good job of explaining things.
There’s so much to learn about backpacking Yosemite. I made this video as a fun starting point for people and as a good reminder for myself. I certainly don’t know everything. But I am surprised how much I learned in just a few days. So enjoy the experience. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you are going to love it.
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