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May 20-24, 2018. Sunday to Friday
(Travel on 19th and 25th)

The schedule for the 2018 Summit will be similar to below, but won’t be planned until early 2018 when there are better predictions to what areas will be open and available.

2018 will be the 11th Anniversary Summit! Last year filled up quickly. If it is full, we have a waiting list for spots that sometimes open what when plans change with attendees. You can always e-mail karl @ with questions and he’ll get back to you!


Arrival in Sacramento. Most guys arrive this day, and will be picked up at the airport by Karl. We enjoy In-n-Out Burgers, go shopping for food, and the fellowship begins!


7am Hit the Road! We have breakfast at the hotel in Sacramento early and then hit the road.

We have lunch at the Iron Door Salon in Groveland, an interesting as well as historical stop before our final drive into Yosemite Valley.

We will begin with a visit to Turtleback Dome, a hidden favorite, where you will get a beautiful introductory overlook into the Valley without the crowds at Tunnel View before we head to the lodge.

The View from Turtleback Dome
The View from Turtleback Dome

Then, we are headed to Glacier Point for something new… time to chill in this amazing spot and then to enjoy the sunset.

Sunset at Glacier Point

We’ve done sunrises at Glacier Point and visited at other times of the day, but this year we’ll see it at the end of the day before heading to the Lodge for our first evening with orientation and fellowship. (and dinner!)


For our first day, we will do one of Karl’s favorite hikes. It begins with an ascent to the top of Sentinel Dome where you enjoy panoramic vistas of the Sierra Nevada – only 70 feet below the top of Half Dome – but viewing it directly across.

Peter taking in the view at the top of Sentinel Dome

Then we’ll hike the Ponomo Loop stopping for lunch at the crest of Sentinel Fall before arriving at the most incredible spot in Yosemite – Taft Point.

Can you see Patrick Malloy?

This is a place where (if you dare) you can view directly down to the valley below.(And watch out for the fissures – cracks in the rock that go thousands of feet down!)


Tuesday we head out of the Valley to visit Tuolumne Meadows area along Tioga Pass. (Weather and road access permitting.) The views in this area are impossible to describe and photos can’t capture it.

We will visit another of Karl’s favorite spots, Olmsted Point before hiking to Dog Lake with the Lambert Dome option.


Lambert Dome


Dog Lake, Summit 2012

The lake hike is wonderful and relaxing. The Lambert Dome option is not too strenuous and offers spectacular views of the area.


Day of Options! On Wednesday will we break into group based on interest and what each guys is feeling up to! Since most of the guys this year are returning, they may want to try something new, or revisit a favorite hike.

  • Mirror Lake Loop (Easy)
  • Four Mile Trail to Valley (Moderate)
  • Upper Yosemite Falls with Yosemite Point Option. (Strenuous)


The final day in the park is bitter sweet. Our Summit is coming to a close and yet it’s been an incredible time and we find ourselves both not wanting to leave while eager to get back to our families and to living out the ideas and decisions we have made here.

Therefore, Thursday is a “free day” in the Valley. We each go our separate ways, or guys can pair up for one of the many hikes in the Valley for some final “God Time” to bring to conclusion what He’s been doing in our minds and hearts. Some will strike out to hike, some will just walk the many easy trails in the Valley, others will find a quiet place to just sit, read, reflect, journal and pray. It’s up to them.

YS14-GroupatChapel-MDMeeting at the Yosemite Chapel

Late afternoon, will gather at the Yosemite Chapel, a real functioning church in the heart of the Valley, to close our week before we head back to the Lodge for dinner, final fellowship time, and packing to go home.


Everyone flies home on Friday. I am excited to be going on my ninth Yosemite Summit and to be soon meeting the guys God brought together for this event. Next year will the 10th Annual Summit – hard to believe! And it will be a backpacking trip!

Every year things happen that make that year unique, I’m excited to see what He does this year in our lives.

Be praying about what God is going to do on this Summit!

Karl Bastian