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Yosemite Snowshoeing

Yosemite Snowshoeing
Since before the days of John Muir and Ansel Adams, snowshoeing has been a regular mode of transportation in Yosemite's winters. Now, snowshoeing is a popular sport affording great outdoor fun, low impact exercise and is a wonderful way to experience Yosemite’s winter wonderland. If you can walk, you can snowshoe, no experience is necessary for this sport.

Guided Snowshoe Hikes

Discovery Hike Snowshoe Tour

Spend the afternoon snowshoeing with us at Badger Pass.  This leisurely hike will take you through forest up to old Badger Pass summit, featuring stunning views of the Clark Range.  Our guides are experienced locals who are excited to share their knowledge and love of the park with you. No experience necessary. Make reservations at the Tour & Activity Desk (209) 372-1240 located in the lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the Concierge Desk at The Ahwahnee or by calling the Nordic Center directly at (209) 372-8444.
Days offered: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 1pm-4pm meeting at Cross-Country Center at Badger Pass
Price: 21.00 Per person snow shoe rental included
         11.00 Per person with snowshoes for children

Adventure Hike Snowshoe to Dewey Point

Join the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service on an epic day of snowshoeing through Yosemite's winter wonderland. Our professional guides will lead you through meadows, fir and pine forests on the way to one of Yosemite's most breath-taking views, Dewey Point, located at the rim of the valley. From this vista, Yosemite's icons can be seen: El Capitan, Half Dome, Mt. Hoffman, Mt. Conness and the Clark Range. Due to the distance and duration of the snowshoe walk, children will need to be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Make reservations at the Tour & Activity Desk (209) 372-1240 located in the lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the Concierge Desk at The Ahwahnee or by calling the Nordic Center directly at (209) 372-8444.
Days offered: Sunday, Wednesday
Time: 9am-3pm meeting at Cross-Country Center at Badger Pass
Price: $60 (includes snowshoe rental), $50 (w/out snowshoe rental)
Group Size Limit: 10 people

Adventure Hike Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe

Join us for a casual hike amongst the famous giant Sequoias in an incredible winter setting.  Our knowledgeable guides can tell you about the local flora and fauna of the area, and the natural history of Yosemite and these amazing trees.  Transportation to the grove is included, no experience is necessary, reservations are required. Make reservations at the Tour & Activity Desk (209) 372-1240 located in the lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the Concierge Desk at The Ahwahnee or by calling the Nordic Center directly at (209) 372-8444.
Days offered:  Saturdays
Time: 8:30-3:30 pm meeting at Yosemite Lodge at the falls tour desk
Price: $60 (includes snowshoe rental), $50 (w/out snowshoe rental)
Group size limit: 7 people


Crane Flat Snowshoe Walk

Join an interpretive naturalist for a 3 mile walk in a winter wonderland to the Clark Range Vista.  No experience is necessary; however it is moderate in difficulty. Not recommended for children under age 10. Make reservations at the Tour & Activity Desk (209) 372-1240 located in the lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the Concierge Desk at The Ahwahnee or by calling the Nordic Center directly at (209) 372-8444.

Price: $18.50/person with snowshoe rental, $5/ if you have your own.
Time: Walk is 3 hours long and tickets/info available at any tour desk. 
Check the Yosemite Guide for the exact dates and times.



Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

For a few days when the moon is full each month, we offer a Full Moon Snowshoe Walk in the evenings.  With the full moon above reflecting off the snow below, this is a magic time in Yosemite.  Join our naturalist guides in exploring this special experience.


During the day, National Park Service naturalists also lead snowshoe walks from the Badger Pass ranger station.  There is no rental fee for these walks, although a small donation is requested.

Snowshoe Rentals

You can rent Snowshoes from the Cross-Country Center, and when conditions permit, from the Curry Village Ice Rink.  See our snowshoe rental rates.

Cross-Country Center
Snowshoes may be rented from the Cross-Country Center located at Badger Pass.  Trails leading from Badger Pass towards Glacier Point are well marked and shared with Cross-country skiers.  Trails are groomed regularly.  Please respect the XC Ski tracks by walking to the outside of the tracks. See our Badger Pass Daily Snow Report for more information on current trail conditions.

Curry Village Ice Rink
Snowshoes are being rented at the Curry Village Ice Rink during normal hours of operation through March 9 when conditions in Yosemite Valley permit.  Cross-Country ski rentals are available at Badger Pass.

  

On Your Own

All trails within Yosemite National Park are open to the public for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.  Winter trails differ slightly from the summer versions.  Maps are available at the Cross Country Center, or at the Badger Pass ranger station.  The yellow blazes marking these trails can be difficult to see, especially if it is snowing, and footprints or ski tracks in the snow may or may not be going where you want to go.  Please use your best judgment, and travel safely.
 
You can rent snowshoes from the Yosemite Cross-Country Center at Badger Pass, and other locations in Yosemite National Park when conditions permit.  See the rentals section, above, for hours and days of operation. You can also find information about our snowshoe rental pricing here.

Snowshoeing Safety

Weather conditions in the Sierra change rapidly. Be prepared with layers of clothing and an outer layer that is wind and waterproof, as well as plenty of snacks and water. Check the weather before you head out and let someone know where you are going.