Dewey Point Snowshoe Hike
In: Trail Notes
Snowshoeing to Dewey Point in Yosemite National Park is a great way to explore the wonders and beauty of the park during a time of year when there are far fewer crowds. It is a magical experience not to mention an addicting one. The first time I made my hike to Dewey Point in Yosemite, it blew my mind away and it left me speechless. Yosemite in winter without a doubt is truly a special place.
BEFORE YOU START:
Plan your trip sensibly, keeping in mind your experience and physical condition. Remember that winter days are short and you may not be able to travel as far as you expect. Before you leave on a trip, let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return. Keep track of others in your party. Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Unless you’re an expert with map and compass, stay on trails, which are indicated by markers on trees. Consider carrying a GPS unit, if you know how to use one. Get a weather forecast (209/372-0200)—then be prepared for the unexpected. Even on short trips, carry proper gear and food for an unplanned bivouac. Always carry and drink plenty of water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT SUGGESTIONS:
Wear wool, fleece, or polypropylene—a wool or synthetic hat is essential. These fabrics retain some warmth even when wet. Pack a waterproof jacket. Carry quick-energy food, water, waterproof matches, a flashlight, and protection from the sun.
TRAIL INFORMATION: (5 hour round-trip)
Dewey Point Trail ( 8 miles round-trip) starts at the Glacier Point Road to the east end of Summit Meadow in Badger Pass area. The trail winds through a series of beautiful meadows continues on to some more difficult hills and ends at Dewey Point. Snowshoeing to Dewey Point in winter is an absolutely magical, and amazing experience. Snowshoes or cross-country skis can be rented at Yosemite Nordic Center. Overnight camping is allowed but not at the point itself. More information and overnight permits can be obtained at the A-Frame in Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly known as Badger Pass). For an additional list of winter hikes in Yosemite, check out my Yosemite Winter Hikes page.
Toilet facilities are located at Summit Meadow, Bridalveil Creek Trailhead, Sentinel Dome parking area, Glacier Point, and Ostrander Lake. Bunks are available for overnight use at the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut, and reservations are recommended. You can reserve a spot by writing or calling Yosemite Conservancy, P.O. Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318, 209/372-0740. The $20.00 charge per person, per night must be paid in advance.