Seasons of Yosemite

You’ll feel the long reach of history and see the grandeur of Muir’s beloved Sierras on informative hikes and interesting explorations that open new perspectives into this breathtaking park.

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Departure Dates:

May 20-25, 2018

September 16-21, 2018

October 7-12, 2018

Schedule Highlights

DAY 1: FRESNO TO SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: This is a true off-the-beaten-path introduction to the Southern Sierra Nevada. Early conservationist, explorer and writer John Muir visited Kings Canyon in 1873. He was delighted by the similarity to Yosemite Valley, which reinforced his theory that the landscape had been formed by massive Ice Age glaciers. We’ll feel Muir’s presence as we do our own exploring among the giant sequoias, mountains and cascading creeks. Our lodge tonight is mere minutes from the historic Grant Grove of sequoias, including the General Grant Tree, a soaring 267 feet tall! John Muir Lodge

DAY 2: GRANT GROVE: We’ll find a good morning hike before we bid farewell to Kings Canyon and head for Yosemite. Upon arrival in the park, we’ll enjoy a short hike to ground ourselves in one of our nation’s most cherished landscapes. Towering cliffs, expansive vistas, abundant waterfalls and important wildlife habitat are all part of John Muir’s legacy. This afternoon, we’ll explore the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, near the hotel grounds. The center is a collection of structures from different eras of Yosemite’s past that were moved here in the 1950s and early 1960s.

DAY 3: YOSEMITE VALLEY, WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM GLACIER POINT: This morning we make our way into the heart of Yosemite Valley for a look at El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Peak, and other iconic and breathtaking natural attractions. Our guide will lead us on some amazing hikes, that might include Glacier Point, Bridalveil Fall, and Lower Yosemite Falls. We may visit some of John Muir’s favorite spots, mentioned in his journals, as we find our own favorite spot to pause and enjoy the view.

DAY 4: GUIDE’S CHOICE HIKE: Conditions and our guide’s sense of serendipity dictate where we explore and hike today, all still within the park. One possibility is the Hetch Hetchy Valley, where a controversial dam in 1925 raised the ultimately futile objections of John Muir and others from the budding conservation movement. Another option would take us up the Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows, with its great views of the Cathedral Range. This is the largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada, and we could enjoy any number of hikes in this gorgeous part of the park.

DAY 5: GUIDE’S CHOICE HIKE AND DINNERIN THE AHWAHNEE DINING ROOM: Most of this day is dedicated to hiking and valley exploration. “Guide’s choice” trails might include the “mist trail” to Vernal Falls, Muir Trail, Mirror Lake, or Cook’s Meadow. Later we can drop by the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and you can also stop in at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Last thing this afternoon is a delightful private tour of the distinguished Ahwahnee Hotel—followed by a festive farewell dinner at the Ahwahnee’s famous dining room.

DAY 6: DEPARTURE HOME FROM FRESNO: Catch breakfast at the hotel and shuttle to the airport for connections home.

To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or travel@offthebeatenpath.com

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

NPCA Travel: 800-628-7275 or travel@npca.org

Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at www.npca.org/trips

  • Cost:
    From $3,250 per person double occupancy; $985 single supplement
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