Day 1 - Tuolumne Grove
Day 2 - Nevada Falls
Day 3 - Hetch Hetchy
Day 4 - Glacier Point
Day 5 - Leisurely breakfast
Join us on this great women’s hiking trip for 4 days in world renowned Yosemite National Park. Our hikes take us around majestic Yosemite Valley, Nevada Falls, and Glacier Point, among other scenic & secluded places. We will carry only light daypacks each day to travel comfortably through the National Park. Hikes are rated easy to moderate. You can go at your own pace–fast or leisurely–and there are more challenging options for people who want to go farther. Our experienced trip leaders have been guiding hikes in Yosemite for the past 20 years. Your guides will unlock the secrets of Yosemite as they introduce you to the flora, fauna and geology of the area.
We will return to camp in the late afternoons with time for personal pursuits and relaxation. You’ll dine on fresh, delicious meals prepared by your guides each evening, with featured recipes from Carole Latimer (Call of the Wild’s Founder) cookbook, Wilderness Cuisine. You’ll socialize and share experiences over dinner or around the campfire with new friends. This trip is perfect for the woman looking to explore Yosemite National Park on foot, and is ready to have a great time doing it. Join the tradition!
What clients have to say:
"When I saw your Yosemite trip, with dates that were perfect for me and space available, it just felt like "this was it". Yet I was very afraid, and almost didn't do it. It would have been much easier just to hang out with my sister relaxing for a week, not doing much but still away from the pressure situation at home. I was afraid of more things than you can possibly imagine, and my brain kept playing negative tapes over and over again. What if, what if, what if?
And now I feel so incredibly happy that I came, so happy with what I could do, so surprised and proud of what strength this body can still have. And so happy to have met wonderful and fun new people, your amazing and funny and warm and encouraging and knowledegable guides, eaten your wonderful healthy, fresh food that I didn't have to shop for, prep or cook, and to have benefited so hugely from the experience your vision has created." - Anonymous
Minimum: 4, Maximum 12 clients; balance of $385 due 90 days in advance on 3/12/14
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Day 1 ~ Arrival & Hike around Tuolumne Giant Sequoia Grove
Meet between 1-2 PM at our campsite inside Yosemite National Park. You will receive the campsite number and location prior to your departure. We will have a trip orientation and go over the trip’s itinerary and then depart for the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees. This 2.5 mile hike is an easy hike to warm up your legs and take in the beautiful scenery of the Giant Sequoias – and even walk right through the center walk through one! We’ll enjoy a delicious meal about 7:00 PM and a campfire this evening.
Day 2 ~ Vernal & Nevada Falls; 6.5 miles
Today’s destination is to legendary Vernal & Nevada Falls. We’ll travel through Douglas Firs and Live Canyon Oak trees up the John Muir Trail to see the Merced River pour over granite to form Nevada Falls, a 594ft. waterfall. With Liberty Cap behind it, it is sight to remember. We’ll enjoy lunch at the top and take lots of pictures before descending back to the Valley. Back in camp, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal, and an evening around the campfire.
Day 3 ~ Hetch Hetchy Reservoir; 5.5 miles
Today’s hike crosses the O'Shaunnessy Dam and skirts the famous Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. We hike along a sandy path with beautiful wildflowers and views of dramatic granite walls surrounding the reservoir. The hike ends in granite stair sections and foot bridges that culiminate in the dramatic Wapama Falls where we will have lunch.
Day 4 ~ Glacier Point Hike; 4.6 miles
Today’s hike is from Glacier Point, the Valley’s most famous viewpoint. We’ll get shuttled to the top of Glacier Point, before descending 4.6 miles to the valley floor. Along the way, we’ll pass Sentinel Falls, and have great views of Half Dome & Yosemite Falls. For energetic hikers, you can skip the shuttle and hike this roundtrip for 9.2 miles or just hike from the valley to Glacier Point. Once back on the Valley Floor, we’ll explore the Park’s Visitor Center, pick up a few souvenirs, and sit in on a ranger briefing about the park’s flora and fauna. Dinner tonight will be in Yosemite Valley surrounded by the granite walls and glowing sunset.
Day 5 ~ Departure
Today we will have a leisurely breakfast and take our time to pack up and say our goodbyes to each other and to this beautiful place!