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Yosemite National Park, CA

Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2018 -- $1325 ★★★, Only 2 Spots Left

Yosemite National Park is a beautiful Sierra wonderland with towering mountains, thundering waterfalls and rugged pulchritude. The amazing views in this wilderness are inescapable. We will be hiking a scenic loop that culminates in the iconic Glacier Point. We'll also ascend Sentinel Dome and walk through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The rest of the trip will be a little quieter as it will run through the Illilouette and Bridal Veil section of the park.

Yosemite National Park is also a land of giant Sequoia trees. On our trip, we will walk among immense and rare giant sequoias in one of the few remaining groves (Mariposa) where old growth redwoods have been preserved. Whether it's the Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple or any of the Tunnel Trees, these leviathans are centuries or even millennia old and can grow more than 300' tall.

Our journey will begin in the Mariposa Grove in the Wawona section of the park. We will day-hike among the giant sequoias as a warm-up before heading over to Bridalveil Creek deep within the park. We'll do a grand loop up Bridalveil Creek to Turner Meadow. We'll then pass by various lakes: Grouse, Crescent, Johnson, Royal Arch and Buena Vista, camping at some. We'll head to the Illilouette River and finally out to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome before ending our journey where we began.

Come walk through the Sierra and see why everyone visits Yosemite. You may even see black bears, big horn sheep, yellow bellied marmots, mule deer, pika, short tailed-weasels and possibly even mountain lions, so why not join us this summer?


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures well into the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 80s and as low as 30 plus violent afternoon thunderstorms. Here is the anticipated weather.

Trip Leaders

Rick Romine
Danielle Piscatelli


$1325 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Fresno, CA (FAT), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, Satellite Phone, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.

Important Notes

The 2017 High Sierra snow pack was historically deep. Since the highest point on our trek is around 9000', we don't expect any snow issues in 2018, but be prepared for the possibility anyway.

The trails through Yosemite National Park are well groomed with good footing. However, elevation gain and loss can be dramatic. Furthermore, some days are relatively high mileage making this trip difficult at times, but also rewarding, with incredible scenery few ever get to see, that continually changes and keeps you engaged.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fly, bus or drive into Oakland, CA (OAK). Some time between Noon - 3PM is the ideal time to arrive, but if you can save a substantial amount on trip costs by arriving a few hours earlier or later, you should do that.

Take the free airport shuttle to ECONO LODGE INN & SUITES OAKLAND AIRPORT, 10 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA, 94621-9956, (510) 635-1892

Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought.

Trail mix distribution

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Go to REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Go out for a group welcome dinner (not included in trip cost)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Second set of "before" measurements taken

Free Hotel Breakfast

Cars may be left at Hotel. However, the hotel may charge you a fee and assumes no responsibility for your car's security and will have you sign a document saying so.

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and placed in storage

Shuttle to Yosemite National Park, Wawona Entrance (about 2 hours)

Shuttle to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This may be in our vehicle(s) or in a Park Shuttle Bus

Day-hike about 1.2 miles to the Grizzly Giant

Day-hike about 1.6 miles to the Wawona Tunnel Tree

Take Park Shuttle back to our vehicle(s)

Shuttle to Bridalveil Creek Campground, elevation 6950'

Hike 2.2 upstream miles in a Southeast direction to a Trail Intersection, elevation 7100'

Camp along Bridalveil Creek just after the trail intersection, elevation 7100'

Miles today: 5.0 miles. Total to Date: 5.0 Miles

Possible Bailout: Glacier Point Road

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hike 2.5 uphill miles Southbound to a trail intersection, elevation 7550'

Hike 2.9 miles Southeast past Turner Meadow to a trail intersection, elevation 7600'

Hike about 2.2 uphill miles to Grouse Lake, elevation 8248'

Camp at Grouse Lake, elevation 8248'

Miles today: 7.6. Total miles: 12.6

Possible bailout: Wawona

Friday, August 17, 2018

Hike about 2.7 miles Eastbound past Crescent Lake and Johnson Lake to a trail junction, elevation 8500'

Turn left and hike 3.8 Northbound miles past Buena Vista Lake to a trail intersection, elevation 9000'

Option: If we are moving strongly and have lots of time, we can drop packs and day-hike 3.0 round trip miles to the summit of Buena Vista Peak, elevation 9709'. We can then make the rest of the day shorter and lengthen a subsequent day.

Turn right and hike about 3.5 downhill miles to the creek sourced at Edson Lake, elevation 7850'

Camp at creek sourced at Edson Lake, elevation 7850'.

Miles today: 10.0. Total miles: 22.6

Possible bailout: One day away

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hike about 5.2 miles Northbound to a trail intersection by Illilouette Creek, elevation 6400'

Hike about 1.1 Northwesterly miles towards Illilouette Cree, elevation 6650'.

Camp near Illilouette Creek just outside the "No overnight camping zone", elevation 6650'.

Miles today: 6.3. Total miles: 28.9

Possible bailout: Mono Meadow Trailhead

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hike about 1.1 miles to the Panorama Trail, elevation 6500'

Hike 1.4 uphill miles to Glacier Point, one of the iconic features of Yosemite, elevation 7214'

Hike 1.5 uphill miles to top of Sentinel Dome, another iconic feature of Yosemite, elevation 8218'

Hike 1.5 downhill miles to Profile Cliff, yet another iconic feature of Yosemite, elevation 7503'

Hike about 2.3 downhill miles to a footbridge, elevation 6750'

Camp on the other side of Bridalveil Creek, elevation 6750'.

Miles today: 7.8. Total miles: 36.7

Possible bailout: Glacier Point

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hike about 0.1 miles to the Pohono Trail, elevation 6750'

Hike 2.8 miles to Bridalveil Creek Campground, elevation 6950'

End of hiking

Miles today: 2.9. Total miles: 39.5

Possible bailout: Bridalveil Creek Campground

Shuttle back to Oakland. Check into Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport, 8400 Edes Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621, (510) 969-2490

Your stuff will be transported here shortly after we arrive and check in

After measurements taken

Go out to celebratory dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards Ceremony

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Free airport shuttle

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