Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

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: San Francisco, California
  • Depart: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 8-12
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in San Francisco

    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.

    • Accommodation: Acqua Hotel
    • Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer
    • Meals: Dinner
  • Day02

    Explore Muir Woods National Monument & Muir Beach

    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.

    • Accommodation: Acqua Hotel
    • Activity: 3-hours/4 miles hiking with 365' elevation gain and 390' loss
    • Transportation: 50-minutes private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Hike Point Reyes National Seashore

    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.

    • Accommodation: Acqua Hotel
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 1,177' elevation gain and loss/shorter options available
    • Transportation: 2-hours private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike Jack London State Park

    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.

    • Accommodation: El Pueblo Inn
    • Activity: 2.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Experience the Wonders of Yosemite Valley

    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.

    • Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
    • Activity: 1.5 hours/2 miles hiking with 200' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Marvel at Yosemite Valley & Giant Sequoias

    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.

    • Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
    • Activity: 4 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,100' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour shuttle transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Hike Upstream to Ahwahnechee

    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.

    • Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
    • Activity: 3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Explore Tuolumne Grove & Return to San Francisco

    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.

    • Activity: 1.5 hours/2.5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has crafted a collection of 7 unique women's hiking adventures that inspire confidence and camaraderie.

Reason #02

Experience the Golden State's natural wonders from Point Reyes National Seashore to Yosemite National Park in the company of expert guides.

Reason #03

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!

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Hiking through a variety of ecosystems, touring mountain vineyards, exploring giant sequoia groves, dining out in style, and a theater performance.

  • Lodging

    We stay in boutique hotels and lodges selected for their ideal location, common areas for gathering, and comfortable sleeping accommodations.

  • Climate

    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.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me at the airport?

    Your guides will meet you at the San Francisco Airport between 1:30 - 2:00p on Day-1 of the itinerary.

  • What are the trails like on this trip?

    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.

  • What type of vehicle will be traveling in?

    We will travel in a 15-person van, with a maximum group size of 12 passengers.

  • What makes this trip unique for women?

    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!

  • Will our guides be women?

    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!

  • Can I join a women's only trip if I am not a woman?

    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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Aug 04 - 11, 2019
  • Available
    Sep 01 - 08, 2019

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2019
$5,495.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,500.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • A limited amount of wine at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary equipment and gear for planned activities
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

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  • "I have taken 12 trips with MT Sobek. Each has left a positive imprint on me-widening my view of the world and its peoples."

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