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Yosemite Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Sublime hikes to alpine meadows, spectacular panoramas and waterfalls
  • Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist
  • Sprawling Tuolumne Meadows, with endless trails
  • Walk amid the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these majestic trees
  • Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley

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The Natural Splendors in California's Sierra Nevada

John Muir knew exactly what he was seeing. So big, so beautiful, so worth preserving. Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls - legendary landmarks in a legendary park whose grandeur is almost overwhelming. It's no surprise that many 19th-century tourists to this glacier-carved wonderland saw it as a new Eden. Soak up jaw-dropping vistas from Glacier Point. Marvel at soaring granite cliffs that the early travelers once likened to Gothic cathedrals. Bask in the shade of towering sequoias. Welcome to Yosemite National Park: 747,956 acres of "wow!"

Day 1 Sublime hikes to serene waterfalls, alpine meadows and spectacular panoramas in the Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir After fueling up with a picnic, get your legs moving on a scenic canyon hike lined with ferns, evergreens and moss.

Day 2 Walk amid the awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees The grove's famous Grizzly Giant tree is estimated to be 1,800 years old - give or take a few centuries  Perhaps you'll be up for a swim or a spa treatment at our hotel, cradled by the pines of the Sierra National Forest.

Day 3 Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley  Travel to Glacier Point, with commanding vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada As you hike to the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, feel dwarfed by the vertical cliff walls looming above you.

Day 4 Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist The valley is yours to explore however you wish, be it horseback riding, hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls or paying a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Days 5-6 Sprawling Tuolumne Meadows, with endless hiking trails, glorious high-country scenery and a profusion of summer wildflowers Cap off the week with a hike to a lookout with views of Hetch Hetchy, Wapama Falls and the surrounding high country.

Premiere Inns*

Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge

Fish Camp (2 nights) A comfortable mountain resort near Yosemite's South Gate with plentiful amenities and panoramic forest views. (pool, spa)

Ahwahnee Hotel
Ahwahnee Hotel

Yosemite Village (2 nights) A National Historic Landmark - and as much an icon of Yosemite as Half Dome - the Ahwahnee features elaborate stained-glass windows, etched stone floors, original Miwok Indian arts and crafts, carved wood paneling, Oriental rugs and Shaker-style furnishings. (pool)

Evergreen Lodge
Evergreen Lodge
* Casual Inn

Groveland (1 night) Elegantly rustic and welcoming cabins nestled amid towering pines on the western border of Yosemite. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

We travel with other companies to compare trips but always return to Backroads. Yosemite will be our 20th trip and we look forward to the wonderful guides, friendly guests and wonderful accommodations.
Roe Sanford - Charlottesville, VA
This is my third Backroads trip. I am pleased to note that every other member of our party had previous Backroads experiences! Such return support speaks for itself.
Larry Bergen - Roscoe, IL
Yosemite stands on its own but was certainly enhanced by our great leaders. They were fun, helpful, personable, professional...everything one expects and needs from a group leader. Looking forward to our next Backroads trip!!
Darlene Dorminy - Chula, GA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
September 2014
October 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2* 0 4 0
2 4 800 7* 1200 11 1600
3 4* 1200 6* 1500 9* 800 11 800
4 3* 300
Naturalist Guided Walk (3 Hours)
Optional Hiking, Horseback Riding, Beach Cruiser Riding, Museum Visit or Rock Climbing
Historical Tour of the Ahwahnee Hotel (1 Hour)
5 4* 200 7 1000
5 200
6 3 600
4 700
 
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The terrain on this trip includes alpine, canyon and valley trails and waterfall hikes. Some routes may include substantial elevation loss.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the California tour experts. See our award-winning USA walking tours and hiking tours, USA biking tours and USA multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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