Yosemite & Trekking the John Muir Trail
Dust off your hiking boots for this 8 Day Yosemite and Trekking the John Muir Trail Expedition. After spending a night in San Francisco, you’ll drive to spellbinding Yosemite National Park – your base for the next week. Ease into mountain life with two nights in an iconic area hotel, stretching your legs on short dayhikes to picturesque lakes and waterfalls. Now suitably limbered up, your guided, 4-day exploration of the legendary John Muir Trail will begin. Carrying only a daypack, and sleeping in tented comfort, you will traverse spectacular and unforgettable landscapes of towering granite spires, crystalline lakes and translucent glaciers.
Starting from $4,690 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Settle into mountain life with guided dayhikes to nearby waterfalls and lakes and a memorable picnic amongst wildflowers.
- Spend four days hiking the legendary John Muir Trail – named after the Father of America’s National Parks – with an expert local guide who knows the mountains inside out.
- Hike through some of the most incredible scenery found anywhere on the planet. Highlights include idyllic Clark Lakes, aptly-named Thousand Island Lake and Ediza Lake.
- Sleep under the stars in impossibly picturesque locations. Camp in ultimate comfort and warmth, with quality sleeping bags and Therm-a-Rest sleeping mats in your spacious tent.
- While on trail, carry only your daily essentials and enjoy three wholesome meals each day.
Welcome to California! Today is a transit day. After your plane glides in for a landing over the waters of the San Francisco Bay, you will take a shuttle to claim your rental car before driving into the City by the Bay. Take the afternoon to explore or relax in your iconic SF Hotel. Rest up for the adventure to come or hit the town to experience some of San Francisco’s famous nightlife.
After driving over the bay and across the expansive Central Valley, climbing into the Sierras by vehicle you will arrive to the majestic and fabled Yosemite Valley. The glaciated valley within the shadows of massive granite protrusions was one of the world’s first National Parks. Its value to humanity as a natural landscape has inspired conservation movements around the world ever since. You will be greeted in comfort and style at your Yosemite lodge to begin your exploration of the park.
Today you’ll ease into the swing of things with a gentle day hike. After breakfast, your guide will greet you at the lodge to take you into the backcountry. There you will picnic amongst the wild-flowers and green meadows and visit waterfalls and alpine streams that meander through sheer granite cliffs. By day’s end, you will be back at your lodge for a cold beverage to reflect on a beautiful day in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
After breakfast you’ll move your vehicle from the campground to long-term parking (across the street) and hand your overnight gear over to the muleskinners. You’ll begin your hike mid-morning, departing from Agnew Meadows into the John Muir Wilderness and onwards to your camp at the beautiful Clark Lakes.
This morning you’ll quickly connect with the John Muir Trail at the aptly named and wildly scenic Thousand Island Lake. You'll explore the glacially carved landscape below Mt. Banner and even venture over Island Pass, making your way to camp along Shadow Creek.
Today you'll hike up Shadow Creek and see how far your legs will take you - Ediza and Iceberg lakes will find you first, with Cecile Lake the farthest objective. Cecile makes for just over an 11.5-mile day, whereas Ediza would be much more leisurely at approximately 5 miles.
After packing up camp one final time, you'll head down Shadow Creek past Shadow Lake, and back to Agnew Meadows. You’ll meet the mule team to pick up your gear in time for you to grab lunch at the Tuolumne Grill, Tioga Pass Resort or Whoa Nelly Deli. After lunch return to your lodge to enjoy a well-earned hot shower.
After a restful night’s sleep in a proper bed, you’ll enjoy one last Yosemite sunrise. After breakfast, you’ll drive back to San Francisco (4 hours) or onwards to your next California destination.
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