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Yosemite National Park Quick Escape

Trip Length 4 days

From $2,000

  • Discover the iconic Yosemite Valley, and see its most celebrated sites: Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, the Nelder Grove and Glacier Point!
  • Enjoy three days of moderate hiking with your expert guides who can offer insight on everything from the geological history of the valley to the legacy left by park legend John Muir
  • Start and end your days in one of the park’s comfortable and well-appointed lodges, and feast on hearty and delicious meals

Deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains sits the wildly scenic, glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley. Nicknamed “The Incomparable Valley” for its impressive natural landscapes of waterfalls, high alpine meadows, granite walls and giant sequoias, it is no wonder that Yosemite is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service. On this relaxed yet action-paced four-day hiking adventure, we’ll make sure you see it all: Half Dome, El Capitan, all three of North America’s tallest waterfalls, the “Wild and Scenic” Merced River and the otherworldly Nelder Grove. 

MTS has been leading trips in the Sierra for decades, and our professional mountaineer guides have the experience and know-how to navigate you through the park, explain the extensive flora and fauna, and recount entertaining stories of Yosemite legend John Muir. Each day, you’ll set out on moderate and scenic hikes both on- and off-trail, and each night, you’ll bask in a comfortable lodge located right in the park. Enriching museums will offer you deeper insight into what you’re learning on the trail, and a classic campfire dinner is the icing on the cake for any Yosemite experience. After four days in this alpine paradise, you may even be tempted to try our John Muir Trail—an ultimate adventure that will put you front and center with the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevada Range!

Day 1: Arrive in Fresno and transfer to Yosemite Valley

Welcome to Fresno, California, the heart of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley! Your MTS guide will meet you outside of baggage claim and drive you 2.5 hours along scenic mountain roads to Yosemite Valley, stopping along the way to soak in the many scenic vistas. After checking into our lodge (directly in the park), we’ll gather for a fun welcome dinner, overlooking the thundering Yosemite Falls. After dinner, there is an optional walk out to the Merced River to view Half Dome at sunset.  

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 2: Yosemite Falls

Today, we'll turn our sights to the western end of Yosemite Valley, beginning with a stop at the towering Yosemite Falls. At 2,425’, this is the tallest waterfall in North America and 7th tallest in the world. From there, our trail takes us along the meandering “Wild and Scenic” Merced River, through pine forests and across wildflower-strewn meadows to the massive granite wall of El Capitan. From the meadow, we’ll enjoy stunning views and learn about geology and the park’s history of rock climbing; we may even spot rock climbers scaling the face of the cliff. It takes the average party 3.5 days of living on the wall to climb it bottom to top! Leaving the meadow, we’ll hike to the base of “El Cap.” Putting your hands on the smooth granite and staring up 3,000ft to the top really puts the massive scale of Yosemite into perspective. This afternoon, we’ll return to the meadow and shuttle back to Yosemite Village, where we’ll have time to enjoy the Ansel Adams Gallery, tour the Miwok Museum, explore the Visitor’s Center, and visit gift shops. After taking some time to refresh ourselves at the lodge, we’ll head over to the Pines Campground for a dinner experience that harkens back to Yosemite’s early days as a camping destination. Your guides will prepare a delicious, hearty, multi-course meal while your and your fellow travelers can relax and tell stories around the campfire. (Hiking details: 4-5 miles on relatively flat terrain)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 3: Glacier Point

After fueling up with another hearty breakfast, we’ll hop aboard the park shuttle to reach the south rim of Yosemite Valley. Emerging from the mid-mountain fir forests, we’ll step out to the iconic Glacier Point. From this vantage, we’ll be able to see deep into the valley 2,700 feet below and have panoramic views that include Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and the Clark Range. Here, it’s easy to see why the Sierra Nevada is known as “the range of light.” From Glacier Point, we’ll spend the day hiking back down into Yosemite Valley along the wildly scenic Panorama and Mist Trails. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch atop Nevada Falls before heading down the famous Mist Trail for an exhilarating look at Vernal Falls. The Mist Trail lives up to its name at this point on the hike, and you’ll surely want to bring your rain jacket along! After lunch along the Merced River, we’ll make our way back to Yosemite Valley with plenty of time to clean up and regroup at our lodge before a farewell dinner at the Mountain Room. (Hiking details: 8.5 miles on well-groomed trails; we recommend using trekking poles for the 60 granite stairs on the downhill section of the Mist Trail)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 4: Nelder Grove and return to Fresno

After loading up our shuttle and checking out of the hotel, we set off for the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias. Mornings here in the mid-mountain forests (5,500’) are quite pleasant and we’ll keep our eyes out for cheerful Winter Wren and charismatic Chickarees as we walk among the towering trees. Giant Sequoias are the largest living things on the planet and we’ll make our way to one of the most awe-inspiring of them all, the Bullbuck Tree. After our grove hike we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding our shuttle together one final. We’ll arrive to Fresno in the early afternoon, plan flights no earlier than 3pm.  3 miles of hiking on well groomed trails with some short ups/downs.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

May 25 - 28, 2018

Jun 21 - 24, 2018

Jul 05 - 08, 2018

Sep 20 - 23, 2018

pricing

2017 Price
$2,000 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

2018 Price
$2,295 (4-12 members)
$650 Single Supplement

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Yosemite Valley Lodge — Yosemite Valley

As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for families, group retreats and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness.

"At Mountain Travel Sobek, you are not just looking at new places and things, you are experiencing them at a deeper level." Yosemite Quick Escape, Kitty George

"One of the best tours I have ever taken. The hikes were excellent and our tour guides were very knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the accommodations at the lodge were clean, comfortable, and suitable for a hiking trip like this one. My next trip with MTS will be KILIMANJARO!!!" Yosemite Quick Escape, Maria Bird Stubbe          

     

  • Discover the iconic Yosemite Valley, and see its most celebrated sites: Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, the Nelder Grove and Glacier Point!
  • Enjoy three days of moderate hiking with your expert guides who can offer insight on everything from the geological history of the valley to the legacy left by park legend John Muir
  • Start and end your days in one of the park’s comfortable and well-appointed lodges, and feast on hearty and delicious meals

Deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains sits the wildly scenic, glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley. Nicknamed “The Incomparable Valley” for its impressive natural landscapes of waterfalls, high alpine meadows, granite walls and giant sequoias, it is no wonder that Yosemite is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service. On this relaxed yet action-paced four-day hiking adventure, we’ll make sure you see it all: Half Dome, El Capitan, all three of North America’s tallest waterfalls, the “Wild and Scenic” Merced River and the otherworldly Nelder Grove. 

MTS has been leading trips in the Sierra for decades, and our professional mountaineer guides have the experience and know-how to navigate you through the park, explain the extensive flora and fauna, and recount entertaining stories of Yosemite legend John Muir. Each day, you’ll set out on moderate and scenic hikes both on- and off-trail, and each night, you’ll bask in a comfortable lodge located right in the park. Enriching museums will offer you deeper insight into what you’re learning on the trail, and a classic campfire dinner is the icing on the cake for any Yosemite experience. After four days in this alpine paradise, you may even be tempted to try our John Muir Trail—an ultimate adventure that will put you front and center with the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevada Range!

reviews

"At Mountain Travel Sobek, you are not just looking at new places and things, you are experiencing them at a deeper level." Yosemite Quick Escape, Kitty George

"One of the best tours I have ever taken. The hikes were excellent and our tour guides were very knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the accommodations at the lodge were clean, comfortable, and suitable for a hiking trip like this one. My next trip with MTS will be KILIMANJARO!!!" Yosemite Quick Escape, Maria Bird Stubbe          

     

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Fresno and transfer to Yosemite Valley

Welcome to Fresno, California, the heart of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley! Your MTS guide will meet you outside of baggage claim and drive you 2.5 hours along scenic mountain roads to Yosemite Valley, stopping along the way to soak in the many scenic vistas. After checking into our lodge (directly in the park), we’ll gather for a fun welcome dinner, overlooking the thundering Yosemite Falls. After dinner, there is an optional walk out to the Merced River to view Half Dome at sunset.  

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 2: Yosemite Falls

Today, we'll turn our sights to the western end of Yosemite Valley, beginning with a stop at the towering Yosemite Falls. At 2,425’, this is the tallest waterfall in North America and 7th tallest in the world. From there, our trail takes us along the meandering “Wild and Scenic” Merced River, through pine forests and across wildflower-strewn meadows to the massive granite wall of El Capitan. From the meadow, we’ll enjoy stunning views and learn about geology and the park’s history of rock climbing; we may even spot rock climbers scaling the face of the cliff. It takes the average party 3.5 days of living on the wall to climb it bottom to top! Leaving the meadow, we’ll hike to the base of “El Cap.” Putting your hands on the smooth granite and staring up 3,000ft to the top really puts the massive scale of Yosemite into perspective. This afternoon, we’ll return to the meadow and shuttle back to Yosemite Village, where we’ll have time to enjoy the Ansel Adams Gallery, tour the Miwok Museum, explore the Visitor’s Center, and visit gift shops. After taking some time to refresh ourselves at the lodge, we’ll head over to the Pines Campground for a dinner experience that harkens back to Yosemite’s early days as a camping destination. Your guides will prepare a delicious, hearty, multi-course meal while your and your fellow travelers can relax and tell stories around the campfire. (Hiking details: 4-5 miles on relatively flat terrain)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 3: Glacier Point

After fueling up with another hearty breakfast, we’ll hop aboard the park shuttle to reach the south rim of Yosemite Valley. Emerging from the mid-mountain fir forests, we’ll step out to the iconic Glacier Point. From this vantage, we’ll be able to see deep into the valley 2,700 feet below and have panoramic views that include Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and the Clark Range. Here, it’s easy to see why the Sierra Nevada is known as “the range of light.” From Glacier Point, we’ll spend the day hiking back down into Yosemite Valley along the wildly scenic Panorama and Mist Trails. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch atop Nevada Falls before heading down the famous Mist Trail for an exhilarating look at Vernal Falls. The Mist Trail lives up to its name at this point on the hike, and you’ll surely want to bring your rain jacket along! After lunch along the Merced River, we’ll make our way back to Yosemite Valley with plenty of time to clean up and regroup at our lodge before a farewell dinner at the Mountain Room. (Hiking details: 8.5 miles on well-groomed trails; we recommend using trekking poles for the 60 granite stairs on the downhill section of the Mist Trail)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 4: Nelder Grove and return to Fresno

After loading up our shuttle and checking out of the hotel, we set off for the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias. Mornings here in the mid-mountain forests (5,500’) are quite pleasant and we’ll keep our eyes out for cheerful Winter Wren and charismatic Chickarees as we walk among the towering trees. Giant Sequoias are the largest living things on the planet and we’ll make our way to one of the most awe-inspiring of them all, the Bullbuck Tree. After our grove hike we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding our shuttle together one final. We’ll arrive to Fresno in the early afternoon, plan flights no earlier than 3pm.  3 miles of hiking on well groomed trails with some short ups/downs.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Yosemite Valley Lodge — Yosemite Valley

As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for families, group retreats and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness.

Dates and Pricing

May 25 - 28, 2018

Jun 21 - 24, 2018

Jul 05 - 08, 2018

Sep 20 - 23, 2018

pricing

2017 Price
$2,000 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

2018 Price
$2,295 (4-12 members)
$650 Single Supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 4 days

From $2,000

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