Make this the year you check one of these iconic Western experiences off your bucket list
Photo by Henry Rabinowitz; written by Christine Ryan
Two days into the six-day, nearly 50-mile High Sierra Camps loop, I feel like I’m free-floating. There’s no going back to the car now. I’m roaming the granite bowls of Yosemite National Park’s backcountry, surrounded by only wind and sky and the occasional marmot. At night, there’s a hearty family-style dinner and a real bed in a tent cabin. (Did I mention the flush toilets?) You earn the luxuries: Every last rocky mile of trail is above 7,000 feet. But as the sun sets over Half Dome, I think, If this is what camping can be, count me in. $151/night, including some meals; typically open Jun–Sep; yosemitepark.com for lottery info.