Hiking in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
From 13/05/2024 to 04/10/2024
Departure dates & prices
Dates Availability Price
May Mon 13 2024 to May Fri 17 2024AvailableFrom$3,055*
Jun Mon 17 2024 to Jun Fri 21 2024AvailableFrom$3,055*
Jul Mon 08 2024 to Jul Fri 12 2024Limited AvailabilityFrom$3,360*
Sep Mon 02 2024 to Sep Fri 06 2024AvailableFrom$3,055*
Sep Mon 16 2024 to Sep Fri 20 2024AvailableFrom$3,055*
Sep Mon 30 2024 to Oct Fri 04 2024AvailableFrom$3,055*
See a different side of San Francisco on the Lands End Trail which offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean and rocky California coast.
Stroll through The Tunnel Tree, a giant sequoia in Yosemite National Park which is so large the trail had to be cut through the centre of it.
See Vernal Fall on The Mist Trail, one of Yosemite's signature hikes which has more spectacular views than you can point a camera at.
Hike along the shores of Upper and Lower Echo Lakes which are the gateway to the spectacular Desolation Wilderness area.
Breathe in the fresh scent of pine and aspen trees as you take in the views of Mount Morrison and Laurel Mountain on a scenic walk around Convict Lake.
By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy.
Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs.
Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.
Breakfasts Included: 4.
Hotel (4 nights).
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
San Francisco - Lands End hike.
Mist trail to top of Vernal Falls hike.
Tuolumne Grove hike.
Pothole Dome hike.
Convict Lake Loop hike.
Mono Lake South Tufas hike.
Echo Lakes Trail hike.
1 - San Francisco Welcome to San Francisco! Your tour starts at 12 noon with a group meeting followed by your first walk of the trip, an easy hike along the Lands End Trail. Have your camera handy as you enjoy superb views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean and the wild and rocky California coast which stretches almost 50 kilometres into the distance. After the hike, return to your San Francisco hotel. The evening is free for your own discoveries - perhaps head to Chinatown and get your hands on some dim sum!
2 - Yosemite National Park After departing San Francisco, you'll head through California's famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America's tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. It won't be long before you arrive at World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park, one of California's most incredible natural wonderlands. Millions of visitors come here each year to see Yosemite's granite cliffs, pine-studded valleys and thundering waterfalls such as Vernal Fall which you'll be visiting today. The Mist Trail is Yosemite's signature hike and offers the chance to revel in the beauty of these spectacular falls as they bathe your face in a cooling mist. If you would prefer to skip the last few hundred metres of the trail which are quite steep, you can still enjoy great views of Vernal Fall from the bridge downstream.
3 - Mammoth Lakes Today you get to enjoy not one but two magnificent hikes in the Yosemite High Country. After breakfast, walk the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias trail where you can stroll right through the middle of The Tunnel Tree and admire dozens of mature sequoia trees which tower more than 100 metres above the trail. This afternoon, the Pothole Dome and Tuolumne River trail awaits. This 4 km hike is easy on the legs and even easier on the eye with superb views of Tenaya Lake, the Tuolumne Meadows, Pothole Dome and the tumbling cascades of the Tuolumne River. You'll also have time to explore Mammoth Lakes before you bed down for a good night's rest.
4 - Convict Lake After breakfast, take a walk around Convict Lake on an easy 3 km trail which follows the lake edge. Breathe in the fresh scent of pine and aspen trees as you take in the views of Mount Morrison and Laurel Mountain on this easy scenic walk. This afternoon, head out on the South Tufa Nature Trail. It's a short hike to a viewpoint of the iconic and strange yet beautiful Tufa formations of Mono Lake. Then sit back and enjoy the scenery. The drive to Lake Tahoe on Highway 395 is breathtaking, with fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada the whole way. Upon arrival check into your hotel at Lake Tahoe. Make sure you set aside some time to watch the spectacular sunset over the lake, or perhaps head out for some nightlife.
5 - Lake Tahoe For the final walk of the trip, you'll hike along the shores of Upper and Lower Echo Lakes which are the gateway to the spectacular Desolation Wilderness area. The 8.5 km Echo Lakes trail offers superb views of these two crystal clear lakes and mountains which provide the perfect backdrop for a classic holiday photo of your Sierra Nevada hiking adventure. On the way back to San Francisco, you will pass through the state's capital city, Sacramento, following the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest. Your tour ends in San Francisco at approximately 5pm with a hotel drop off.
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