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Yosemite Walking & Hiking Tour
Yosemite Walking & Hiking Tour

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.


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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Premiere Inns

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

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


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
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 9/21-26 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $860 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/3 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $860 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $860 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 6/14-19 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/4-9 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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.


Guest Trip Reviews

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

My brother and I turned 50 this year. We decided to take a trip together as brothers. I had wanted to take a Backroads trip for several years after hearing of the company from a co-worker and after having reviewed catalogs for several years. I suggested the trip to my brother who agreed. This trip fulfilled everything I hoped for and more. I spent a lot of quality time with Jeff on the trail without having to worry about anything. The location was "off the chart," the friendliness and directions of our leaders were "off the chart" and the friendship of our fellow travelers just added to the overall quality of the trip. I cannot wait until my next trip! Jeff and I have already talked about going on the Zion trip in Utah.
Craig Pett - Suwanee, GA

With each trip, we are certain that we just experienced the very best leaders ever. Then we arrive for the next trip and we experience this same excellence all over again with a different leader. The many wonderful and knowledgeable people that work in the organization are the backbone of Backroads!
Ann Posey - Richmond, VA

I had very high expectations for this trip, having wanted to visit Yosemite for many years. I have to say that they were exceeded in every respect. The trip leaders were very enthusiastic and on top of everything. They took us to some beautiful places, where we saw very few people. The lodgings were very luxurious and the food was great. I will never forget this trip!
Leda Sammarcospan - Kingston, UK

Backroads exceeded our expectations in terms of delivering a wonderful experience; hiring great hike leaders who were personable, knowledgeable, extremely hard working, guest focused and created new advocates and future guests for their wonderful company.
Mark Bilfield - Los Angeles, CA