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Thanksgiving Weekend - Backpacking in Yosemite
Rancheria Falls

November 26-28

Burn off the turkey and cranberries, and spend the weekend backpacking in Yosemite.

Hiking to Rancheria Falls is a great fall backpacking trip in Yosemite.

The relatively low elevations of the hike make it a great trip when the high country is starting to get its blanket of snow.

The combination of a beautiful trail skirting the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, amazing scenery as we cross waterfalls on the way to Rancheria, and a beautiful area to camp when we arrive will delight all your senses.

The trip will start midday on Friday, to give everyone a chance to enjoy Thanksgiving, and still be able to make the trip.

We are going to hike along the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on Friday for about 7 miles until we reach our camp for the weekend at Rancheria Falls. The air should be fresh, crisp, and invigorating!

On Saturday we'll get up and have a great breakfast, then we'll go for a day hike to visit the Tiltill Valley, a beautiful spot that doesn't get the crowds normally associated with Yosemite.

After coffee and a hot breakfast on Sunday we'll pack up camp and hike back under the cliffs that surround the reservoir to our cars.

The backpacking distance is about 7 miles each way. Although we never can say any backpacking trip is easy, this one is easier than most that we offer as the elevation gain is minimal. Fit beginner backpackers should be fine on this one, and experienced backpackers will enjoy getting out in the Hetch Hetchy area.

Where is this trip?

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Driving directions to the meeting spot will come with your confirmed reservation.


  • Professional guide, certified as Wilderness First Responder
  • All the permits necessary for the trip
  • Delicious meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • Group-cooking gear (stoves, pots, water filters), first aid supplies
  • Guided hiking on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
You need to supply your personal backpacking gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, personal stuff. A complete gear list will be sent out with your reservation.

The Outdoor Adventure Club has a variety or rental gear available for this trip. Let us know if you need anything.

OAC Member: $239
Non-member: $289

Recommended Reading:
Here is a small selection of reading that will enhance your experience while backpacking in Hetch Hetchy.

Sounds fun- Sign me up!!