Venture off to a land of golden hues, giant sequoias, rugged cliffs, and ocean views. Start in the fog-shrouded coastal redwoods and make your way towards Yosemite. High on Sonoma Mountain, long trails call for camaraderie amidst historic orchards, ancient redwoods, and winery ruins. Come evening, step into El Dorado Kitchen and treat yourself to pickled strawberries with goat cheese or bouillabaisse with homemade chorizo. Marvel at the depths of the Yosemite Valley beckoning ever deeper into its endless beauty and wrap up the adventure with fine dining and theater.
Enjoy expertly guided daily hikes in some of California's most treasured natural areas: Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, Jack London State Park, and Yosemite
Reward days on the trail with a bounty of delicacies and fine dining
The Bay Area has been MT Sobek's home base for 50 years - join us in our backyard!
Arrive in San Francisco by 2pm to catch the shuttle through the heart of San Francisco, stopping to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge before continuing on to our hotel in Mill Valley. Along the way, the guides introduce the "City by the Bay" and Marin County. If you wish to forego the airport shuttle, rendezvous with the group at 5pm at the Acqua Hotel. After a brief trip orientation, we go to dinner where you get to know your guide and fellow travelers.
After breakfast, take a short shuttle ride to Muir Woods where we'll have some time on our own to stroll through this fog-shrouded biome of coastal redwoods before beginning our trek to the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach. After lunch in an English pub, enjoy free time to explore Muir Beach where steelhead and endangered coho salmon move up Redwood Creek to spawn. Transfer back to Mill Valley and explore the town's galleries and boutiques before meeting the group for dinner.
Today travel north to Point Reyes National Seashore, with subtle natural features nestled over a variety of ecosystems. Take in the overriding presence of the San Andreas Fault which bisects the peninsula from the rest of the California mainland. Intermittently edged by beaches, sea cliffs, and intertidal zones cascading into the Pacific Ocean, explore the peninsula and its beaches on this hike from the rift zone to the beach on the Pacific. Actual hikes may vary, depending on weather. Bond with your fellow hikers over a special dinner in Point Reyes Station before shuttling back to Mill Valley.
Explore Jack London State Park today, a hikers' paradise perched high on Sonoma Mountain with over 1400 pristine acres and 26 miles of backcountry trails. Visit the fascinating London's Cottage and nearby winery, soak in the distant views of Mount Diablo, hear birdsong along Graham Creek, loop through historic orchards and ancient redwoods past London's Lake, and have a picnic beneath the eucalyptus planted by Jack himself. Tour Benziger, the region's most distinctive vineyard, and wrap up over pickled strawberries and goat cheese and bouillabaisse with homemade chorizo at El Dorado Kitchen.
This morning, journey through California's central valley and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. After a casual lunch, continue into John Muir's beloved Yosemite Valley. See the awe-inspiring place of rugged beauty that he described as a paradise on earth, with "noble walls, sculptured into endless variety of domes and gables, spires and battlements." Stop beneath El Capitan to spot climbers high on its ramparts before hiking along the Merced River past Yosemite Valley's most iconic features, directly to tonight's accommodation.
Today shuttle out of the Yosemite Valley on the Glacier Point Road. Here it is easy to see Muir's source of inspiration, as the gaze drifts from the depths of the valley and towering Yosemite Falls to majestic Half Dome in profile. The loop hike will take in some of Yosemite's most jaw-dropping vistas and geologic features, plus a special picnic served near Taft Point. Spend the rest of the afternoon soaking in the beauty in Yosemite Valley.
Today hike upstream along the Tenaya River past a little-known Ahwahnechee historic site, with birds calling, the creek gurgling, and Half Dome looming high above. Enjoy the afternoon to relax or take the adventurous option to hike up along one of the valley's iconic waterfalls. Tonight, dress up to experience the crown jewel of Yosemite dining: the award-winning magnificent Ahwahnee Dining Room, its 34-foot-high beamed ceiling complementing the room's granite pillars, floor-to-ceiling windows, and chandeliers.
After an optional sunrise stroll and a final breakfast at the Ahwahnee Dining Room, take a walk among the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias, learning more about these stately and rare giants of the sierra. After that return to San Francisco. Along the way, stop in the gold rush town of Columbia, to enjoy lunch, and say goodbye to your fellow hikers. Expect to arrive to the airport by 4pm; make sure you don't schedule your flight any earlier than 6pm.
MT Sobek has crafted a collection of 7 unique women's hiking adventures that inspire confidence and camaraderie.
Experience the Golden State's natural wonders from Point Reyes National Seashore to Yosemite National Park in the company of expert guides.
We have been a trusted leader in group adventures for 50 years and our home base is in Emeryville, California. This trip is in our back yard!
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking through a variety of ecosystems, touring mountain vineyards, exploring giant sequoia groves, dining out in style, and a theater performance.
We stay in boutique hotels and lodges selected for their ideal location, common areas for gathering, and comfortable sleeping accommodations.
Temperatures on the coast of Northern California tend to be cooler, with some fog and wind expected even in summer. Inland temperatures can be quite warm, but will be cool in the evenings.
Your guides will meet you at the San Francisco Airport between 1:30 - 2:00p on Day-1 of the itinerary.
We will always hike on well maintained trails. Sections may be steep, and at times slippery. There will be some rocky sections and uneveness. We recommend good hiking boots or trail runners, and hiking poles.
We will travel in a 15-person van, with a maximum group size of 12 passengers.
Our women's trips are designed to inspire confidence through goal-oriented activities and by learning new outdoor skills. But mostly we just like to bring groups of cool women together to have fun - that's all!
Some will, but we do not require that the guides on our women's trips be women. We only require that they be outstanding guides - the best in the business!
We've promised to deliver women-only trips for women. We are happy to schedule private departures of this itinerary, and can recommend similar experiences in our portfolio of adventures that are open to all of our travelers.
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