Yosemite Femme & Gender
Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit: Yosemite Backpacking Retreat for Femme & Gender Minority Explorers
Moderate – Strenuous
July 10 – July 14, 2024
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Campsite reservations & fees
Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
All meals indicated in itinerary
Park entry fees
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (Available to rent for $50)
Meals on the road or in town (see itinerary)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)
$1295 per person
Connect with Nature on Our Yosemite Backpacking Trip for Femme & Gender Minority Adventurers
Embark on a transformative journey like no other with our exclusive Yosemite Femme & Gender Minority Backpacking adventure. This is your chance to escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park, while connecting with a community of like-minded explorers.
Join us for an unforgettable experience that blends the serenity of nature with the empowerment of self-discovery.
Experience Yosemite as few visitors do, as you venture into the backcountry! Your naturalist guide will navigate, as you explore gushing waterfalls, panoramic vistas, lush meadows, and more.
Why Choose Our Yosemite Backpacking Retreat:
Inclusive Community: A welcoming space for femme, transgender, and non-binary adventurers to connect, share stories, and forge lasting friendships.
Expert Guidance: Our seasoned guides are not just experts in the outdoors; they’re passionate about creating an inclusive and safe environment for all participants.
Spectacular Landscapes: Traverse awe-inspiring trails that wind through ancient sequoia groves, crystal-clear streams, and iconic granite formations.
Empowerment Through Nature: Reconnect with your inner self as you conquer challenging terrains, fostering a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
Unplug and Recharge: Step away from the chaos of everyday life and find solace in the tranquility of the wilderness.
What to Expect:
Well-Planned Routes: Our meticulously-designed routes allow you to see the best of Yosemite! This trip will include daily hiking with a full pack-so best for intermediate or experienced hikers. In doubt about your abilities? Reach out to discuss.
Intimate Group Size: Forge meaningful connections in a small-group setting, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared adventure.
Leave No Trace: As responsible adventurers, we prioritize the preservation of Yosemite’s natural beauty through Leave No Trace principles.
Catered Cuisine: Indulge in hearty and delicious backcountry meals prepared with dietary preferences in mind.
Campfire Chats: Share stories and insights around the campfire, building connections that extend beyond the trip.
Summer in Yosemite is generally quite mild during the day and can still get quite cold in the evenings. Daytime temperatures in June usually peak around the low to mid 80s (depending on elevation) with nighttime lows dropping as low as the mid 50s to upper 40s at higher elevations. Rain is not uncommon though most days are sunny or overcast. Snow on trails may stick around in higher elevations so muddy conditions are likely on some hiking days.
Good Trippers can be any age but most of our travelers are in their 30s – 50s.
We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have hiking trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.
All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email email@example.com.
Intensity – Moderate to Strenuous
Hiking days will usually include about 6 total hours on the trail, covering anywhere from 5-8 miles on the day with weight. This trip includes one day of day hiking and three days of backcountry hiking, so it’s best for travelers who are comfortable being active for most of the day, multiple days in a row. Some hiking experience is recommended. Backpacking experience is not required.
- One nights at a front country campsite
- Two nights at backcountry campsite
- One night at 3-star hotel
- Price is based on double occupancy accommodations
- Single supplement is available for an additional $200 per person
Accomodations for Guided Yosemite Backpacking Trip
Please plan to arrive at Fresno Yosemite International Airport by 2:00 PM PST on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up shortly after arrival. Alternatively, your guide can collect you from your accommodation or another central point in Fresno (within 30 minutes of airport) by 1:00 PM PST if you choose to arrive a day early.
Your guide will transport the group to the airport to arrive by 2:00 PM PST on Day 5. Please plan a departure after that time. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to book a hotel, please be prepared to find personal transportation to the airport (via Lyft, taxi, etc).
Travelers are also welcome to drive from southern California if that is more convenient. If you choose this option, you’ll meet your guide at your camping accommodations in the park.
Flights for Guided Yosemite Backpacking Trip
Guided Yosemite Backpacking Trip Itinerary
Arrive in Fresno, CA and meet your backpacking guide by mid-afternoon for transfer to Yosemite National Park. We’ll stop along the way for short hikes in the Valley before arriving at our campground home. Once we set up camp, we’ll eat a hearty dinner, get to know one another, and get the low-down our full adventure.
Today, we begin our adventure in the backcountry! The first few miles are often the most challenging as we adjust to our weight, but the views will make it quickly worth it. Our guides will keep a comfortable pace! Total mileage on the day will likely be between 5-8 miles, depending on final permitting and trail conditions. Once at camp, we’ll review the essentials of water treatment, cooking, and keeping a safe camp.
Meals: B, L, D
After waking up to the serene sounds of the forest, we’ll pack up camp and head onward. We’ll aim to cover more miles today and may take a break along an alpine stream, stop to look for wildlife, and soak in even more stunning vistas. Dinner tonight will be well earned after a full day on the trail!
Meals: B, L, D
The last day on the trail is here! After packing up camp, we’ll hike back out to the trailhead, taking in some final deep breaths of the mountain air as we go. Tonight, we’ll head to the town of Oakhurst where a cozy hotel room, refreshing shower, and delicious dinner at the town’s brewery (not included in trip cost) await!
Meals: B, L
It’s time to say goodbye to the Sierra Nevada, and your newfound friends! We’ll head back to Fresno for afternoon flights, after an amazing trip together.
Guided Yosemite Backpacking Trip Packing List
- Required Gear
- Backpack (45-60 L recommended)
- Duffel or suitcase (to be left in the vehicle when backpacking, 1 small suitcase or duffel per person)
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or below
- Pack cover
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Hiking poles
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
- Camping pillow
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
- Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
- Small, quick dry towel
- Personal plate, mug, and utensils (your guide will have these items if you don’t have your own)
- Required Clothing
- Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
- Rain jacket or shell
- Rain pants
- Breathable wicking base layers
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Clothes for dinner on final night
Packing list for Guided Yosemite Backpacking Trip