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 the historic Ahwahnee 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 $3,990 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
- Spend a total of three nights in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, an opulent haven which was built in 1927 and includes Art Deco, Native American and Middle-Eastern design influences.
- Settle into mountain life with guided dayhikes to nearby waterfalls and lakes and a memorable picnic amongst wildlflowers.
- 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 intimidating Donohue Pass.
- 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 two-man tent.
- While on trail, carry only your daily essentials, enjoy four wholesome meals every day and make use of a private tented bathrooom.
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. Together with your guide, you’ll take a private shuttle to the trailhead via the improbable Tioga Pass Road. 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 then continue on to the Marie Lakes area through some almost impossibly picturesque sub-alpine country in the shadow of Mt Banner (12,936) and the Kuna Crest (12,000+’).
This morning’s objective is Donahue Pass, which marks the entrance to Yosemite. You’ll then pass beneath the Lyell Glacier, dropping several thousand feet into picturesque Lyell Canyon. You’ll make your final night’s camp alongside the meandering Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River, watched over by the impressive Kuna Crest.
After packing up camp one final time, you’ll traverse the Tuolumne Meadows and their many granite domes before following the Lyell Canyon back to the trail end. 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 you’ll be driven back 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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