Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings CanyonAdventure in the High Sierra

California
California
8 Days
8 Days
Intensity
6/10
18+
$1,850
$1,975 non-peak member
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About the trip

Explore the Iconic Sierra

There is no American landscape more iconic than the Yosemite valley. From the massive walls of El Capitan to the flowing Vernal Falls, the views are simply unparalleled. Beyond the valley, the Sierra Mountains are home to stunning landscapes and some of the largest living organisms on the planet. It's no wonder that these destinations were the inspiration for the creation of the National Park Service.

On this six day adventure, we'll visit three of our the nation's crown jewels Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Park. We'll hike through groves of ancient and massive Sequoia trees, take in stunning views from the granite cliffs, travel into the heart of the Grand Canyon of the West, and marvel at the rock formations and waterfalls that have mesmerized artists for centuries.

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Level 6/10
California
8 Days

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Itinerary

Arrival, transfer to Sequoia

Your adventure begins today! You'll arrive into San Francisco by mid-morning and meet your group and guides. After packing up your gear, you'll head out for an approximate five hour transfer to your home for the next three nights - the Grant Grove cabins in Sequoia National Park. Settle in and enjoy a group dinner where you'll discuss the coming day's itinerary. (Meals: D)

Full day in Sequoia National Park

Spend the day wandering beneath the giants of Sequoia Natinoal Park. After a yummy camp breakfast, your day begins with a visit to General Sherman tree - the largest tree on earth. From there, you'll hike through the groves of sequoia and spend the day marveling at their size and majesty. After a picnic lunch, your guide may take you for a short (but steep!) hike to the top of Moro rock where you can take in views of the entire Sierra Nevada range. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 5-7 milesHiking Time: 5 hours

Full day in Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon National Park is one of the region’s least explored hidden gems. At its deepest, the canyon lies more than a mile deep and rivals the Grand Canyon with its beauty and scale. Today, your guide will take you on a drive deep into the canyon’s wilderness. You’ll stop along the way to see the waterfalls that feed its river and take in the sprawling vistas. Upon arrival at one of its deepest points, you’ll enjoy a hike through the beautiful Zumwalt Meadow. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 3 milesHiking Time: 2 hours

Transfer to Yosemite, afternoon hike, set up camp

After a relaxing morning, you'll pack up for a drive to the Yosemite National Park area. Depending on timing, you may enjoy an afternoon hike in Mariposa Grove and make plenty of stops for photos. This evening, your team will set up camp and enjoy a delicious dinner as you prepare for your big day in the valley tomorrow. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 2 milesHiking Time: 1-2 hours

Explore Yosemite Valley

Today, you'll spend a full day exploring the Yosemite Valley floor. You'll see sites such as El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls towering above you as you walk around the winding trails. Throughout the day, your guide will share stories of the area and park's history while keeping an eye out for unique flora and fauna. Your day is flexible and will be adjusted to your group, but expect to be hiking for about 8 hours on easy to moderate trails. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 8-10 milesHiking Time: 8 hours

Hike in Yosemite High Country

Today, you'll take on a more challenging trail to see the park from high above. Depending on conditions, your hike may be Yosemite Falls, the Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point, or a hike to Vernal Falls. Expect to take on some serious elevation as you ascend to new heights and see the valley from some iconic viewpoints. Tonight, enjoy a final dinner at camp with your team. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 8-10 milesHiking Time: 8 hours

Return to San Francisco

After breakfast, you'll pack up camp for a transfer back to San Francisco. After a leisurely drive, you'll arrive a local city hotel to enjoy a refreshing shower and rest. Tonight, your team can hit the town for a farewell dinner to celebrate your journey (dinner not included). (Meals: B)

Final departure

Your guide will bring you to the airport this morning for your final flight home. If you'd prefer to explore the city, book a later flight and spend the day wandering through San Francisco (airport transfers not included for flights after 12 PM). (Meals: none included)
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

  • Daypack (15-30 L)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 2L total minimum capacity
  • Camping tent (available to rent for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag, recommended rating of 20 degrees or lower (available to rent for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad or compact air mattress (available to rent for additional fee)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Recommended Gear

  • Trekking Poles
  • Hat (for sun protection)
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal

Wear

Essential Clothing

  • Hiking boots (waterproof with sturdy soles)
  • Wool hiking socks
  • Synthetic or wool base layers
  • Hiking t-shirts (mix of short and long sleeve)
  • Hiking shorts and pants
  • Insulating layer (fleece or puffy)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Rain pants
  • Light gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for camp and town

Trip Package

Included

  • Campsites and hotels as outlined in itinerary
  • Food for duration of trip as outlined in itinerary
  • Group camping gear
  • Professional, medically trained guides for duration of trip
  • All park fees
  • All ground transportation, beginning and ending with airport arrival and departure

Does not Include

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional trail snacks
  • Tips for your guides

Lodging

Accommodations

Over the course of your trip, you'll spend three nights in comfortable tent cabins and three nights camping at group sites. The final evening will be enjoyed at a three star hotel in San Francisco.

Shared Tent Cabins (nights 1-3)
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Group Campsites (nights 4-6)
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Please note, photos shown are for reference only. Actual accommodations may vary slightly.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This is the perfect trip for fit hikers looking for a moderately challenging experience. We recommend this trip for participants who have at least an intermediate level of experience hiking and basic outdoor skills. Previous camping experience and exposure to alpine conditions is helpful but is not required. Those will a base level of fitness are encouraged to train for about two months prior to the trip.

Dates and Prices

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Jun 21, 2020
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