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Backpacking and Camping

From December through April, backpacking in Yosemite nearly always involves snow camping and travel by skis or snowshoes. Even in May, you’ll likely find snow if you are planning a multi-day trip into the higher elevations.

Most winter users enjoy the marked winter trails around Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (elevation 7,200 feet), Crane Flat (6,200 feet), or in the Mariposa Grove (5,600 to 6,600 feet). Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines and regulations regarding going into the back country in winter.

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