Where Yosemite Adventures meet Yoga
Aug. 4-6, 2017
The May Lake Yosemite National Park trip combines high alpine lakes and scenery, a chance to summit a major and easy peak in Yosemite, and views into the Yosemite High Country from an awesome perch above your campsite at May Lake.
Join Co-Founder Anna Packham with Lasting Adventures at the Stunning May Lake for a weekend filled with daily yoga sessions, hiking, meaningful conversations, workshops, and lots of laughs and creating lasting memories.
- Minimum 2 daily yoga classes
- Daily mindfulness meditation
- Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
- Included backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST
- Backpacking Equipment list provided by Lasting Adventures
- Weekend parking fee
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Meeting Location: Sunrise Trailhead at 8,150' or May Lake Parking at ~8,800
- High Point: Mount Hoffman summit at 10,850'
- Elevation Gain: 2,700' or ~1,900 from May Lake Parking
$750 per person
- Must be paid in full through www.lastingadventures.com
- Required shuttle costs are included in the above costs.
- Lastly, all profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Your guides will meet you at Sunrise Lakes Trailhead near Tenaya Lake’s Western shore where you can take in the views of enormous granite domes and shimmering water at Tenaya Lake (8,150’) and perhaps even wade around in the knee deep water near the shore before backpacking up a total of 3.3 moderate miles to May Lake .May Lake is an absolutely beautiful high sierra lake at 9,329’, and one of the largest by area in Yosemite National Park. The designated backpacker’s campsites are along the south shore of the lake will be our base camp for the weekend. There are seasonally operating flush toilets and a fresh water tap here. After enjoying a swim, snacks, water, yoga and some relaxation here at May Lake, the guides will cook you a delicious dinner and take you to one of the best sunset spots in Yosemite overlooking a huge swath of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The next morning, after a hearty breakfast with hot coffee or tea, we will go on a 2 mile, 1500 vertical foot climb to the peak of Mount Hoffman (without full backpacks). This is the most strenuous 2 miles of the trip, being uphill the whole way. The last mile up, we will be hiking upon loose granite boulders and rocks through an indefinite trail marked by cairns, or rock stacks. From the base of the summit, it is about a 150 vertical foot moderately steep scramble up granitic boulders to the peak. Reaching the peak is very much worth the tough trek, being the geographical center of the park and reaching higher than Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome at 10850 feet, Mount Hoffman provides a 360-degree perspective of the entire park. With incredible views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range and Tuolumne’s High Country, and of the park’s northern borders it is easy to understand why this huge exfoliating mountain was John Muir’s favorite view and potentially incredible yoga spot??
After you have had your fill of the overwhelming views from the peak, we will backtrack the trail, all downhill, descending 1500 vertical feet back to May Lake, where another swim, yoga session and/or fishing session may be enjoyed typically followed by another memorable dinner and sunset.
On the last day, you will again wake up to breakfast and hot drinks, before deciding whether to go on a day hike around Tenaya Lake or head down early depending on what time you would like to finish the trip on Sunday. Afterward, we will continue retracing 1.1 miles down to the May Lake parking lot. If you started here, this is where our day will end after sweet reminisces and goodbyes. If you began at Sunrise Lakes trailhead, our final stretch will be two excess miles descending 700 vertical feet back to the finish line at Sunrise parking lot.
All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.
2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE:
Our snowpack this winter is at 193% of normal. We anticipate a late opening for the Yosemite High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Mosquitoes will also be extreme at periods this season. Any trips through late June and early July can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.
YOUR YOGA Mountain adventure IS WAITING
Yosemite Backpacking Yoga Power Trip:
at May Lake, Mt. Hoffman
- Aug. 4-6, 2017