On your trip to Yosemite, our goal would be to give you an adventure that you will remember forever while also pointing out (and getting you up and behind) some of the major points in the park that most tourists want to see. Many people come for their first trip and just drive into Yosemite Valley and look up in awe. They then make plans to come back and see and do more in the future. By contacting us, we can design an outing where you can see the valley and also complete a backcountry trip that enables you to get away from the crowds and on top of some of the more famous peaks and beside some amazing waterfalls! You will finish this adventure feeling “success” and “accomplishment” and with a greater view and experience of Yosemite then most people ever receive!”
What are the top 3 highlights of Yosemite?
- The top 3 highlight of Yosemite are the water, the geology, and the views! From multiple waterfalls, rivers and high alpine lakes, water makes up the heart and soul of Yosemite. Ever changing with the seasons, see the iconic waterfalls of Yosemite, including Yosemite Falls – the tallest water in North America, cascade down sheer granite cliffs to joining the mellow waters of the Merced Valley that winds through the valley below. The geology of Yosemite is what makes it unique. The exposed rock in Yosemite is granite, some of which was formed over 200 million years ago.Granite is formed as a slow cooling of magma under the Earth’s surface. Over time, the layers on top are eroded away to expose the granite beneath. Glaciers then carved through Yosemite from 3 million years ago to 10,000 BCE polishing the faces of many cliffs like Half Dome, Glacier Point, El Capitan and Royal Arches. Finally, what makes Yosemite dynamic are the iconic views. Nestled within the Sierra Mountain Range, Yosemite is a beautiful ocean of granite surround by picturesque mountain tops. See for miles into the valley, gazing upon waterfalls, meadows, forests and iconic peaks.
What are the top reasons to do a day trip?
- Make the most of your time in Yosemite! We know this place like the back of our hand and will be able to help to seamlessly navigate the trails and shuttle system. In addition, we’ll share the history of the park and ensure your safety as train wilderness first responders.
What are the top reasons to do an extended tour?
- Looking for a hike that will truly get your blood flowing? An extended day hike will allow you to truly cover some miles of trail while seeing the best Yosemite has to offer! Again, we know this place like the back of our hand and will be able to help to seamlessly navigate the trails and shuttle system. In addition, we’ll share the history of the park and ensure your safety as train wilderness first responders.
What’s the best time of year to visit?
- Each season has it’s benefits! While summer is hands down the most popular time to visit the park, given the insurance of enjoyable Californian weather, seeing the leaves change in Fall has always been one of the most beautiful times in the park. In addition, winter offers solitude and picturesque scenery of snow covered meadows and mountain peaks. Spring in another great time as this is when the waterfalls are at their fullest as the snow in the high country begins to melt. Wild flowers are also abundant in the meadows!
When is the best weather for camping?
- The best weather is during Summer
What wildlife can visitors hope to see?
- Guests can catch a glimpse of Mule Deer, Squirrels, Yellow Belly Marmots, multiple species of birds and even Californian Blacks bears if they’re lucky!
What should you pack if you are on a extended tour?
- Download our full packing and equipment list here
What fitness level do passengers need to be?
Whether you are fit enough and can make it is more of a personal question then one I can answer without knowing you. Yet, from my experience if you are physically fit and exercise regularly then you should do fine. (We had a group of 80 plus year olds successfully complete our more strenuous Thee Summit trip last year.
- All of our trips are geared towards the beginner backpacker (and/or those with more experience). But typically almost at least 50% of our clients or more are first-time backpackers. As long as you are in shape- you will do fine. Additionally, as you may see- we include all gear at no extra cost. This includes Gregory Backpacks, Marmot sleeping bags and tents, MSR sleeping pads, etc.)
- The best advice would be to click on any of our Day trips or Backpack Trips itineraries (use the “More Info”) to see the distances we travel and the vertical climbs and descents that we do endure in Yosemite. Most people have no problem if they are in average to above average shape and participate in physical activities regularly.
- If you are in less then average shape and do not currently participate in physical activities regularly then I would suggest you begin a conditioning routine to get into better shape. People in this category tend to have a more difficult time on our trips if they do not condition before the trips.The best conditioning would involve getting out and hiking increasing distances between 1-8 miles per hike. Carry a backpack, Find hills to climb and descend or a Stair master is great! Of course you could also seek the input of your doctor or health specialist.
What kind of food and refreshments are provided on the tours?
- On our overnight trips we collaborate with you to design a menu to your enjoyment while also respecting any special dietary concerns participants may have. Typical breakfasts might include breakfast burritos, pancakes, fresh fruit, oatmeal, bagels, etc. Dinner examples include a variety of pastas, breads, burritos, stew, etc. Lunches consist of trail food and fruits and veggies. Examples include: pita, bagels, salami, cheeses, hummus, fresh veggies, dried fruits, trail mix, energy bars, etc.
What unusual fact about Yosemite can you tell us that most people don’t know?
- Half Dome (8,839 ft)- The most recognisable feature in Yosemite rises 4,737 feet above the valley floor, is featured on the state quarter and the North Face logo, and is actually thought to be 80% intact but appears cleft in half as a result of glacial polishing. Called Tis-sa-sack by the natives, see Native American Legends below.
- Glacier Point (7,214 ft.)- Believed to be named by one of the first survey teams in Yosemite as it is one of the few features named for a geographical feature -the top rim of where glaciers moved through the valley. Looking from the top of it with John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt called Yosemite “the most beautiful place on Earth.”
- El Capitan (7,569 ft.)- with a face over 3,000 feet high, it is the largest piece of unbroken granite in the world and was the birthplace of modern climbing. It was named by the Mariposa Battalion as a loose Spanish translation of the Native American name for the cliff which meant “The Chief.” Called To-to-kon-lah by the natives, see Native American Legends below.
- Yosemite means Grizzly Bear – of which there are none left in the area (or all of California).
How large are the groups generally?
- Day trips can range from 1-8 people, though we offer the option to make them private! Summer camps and backpacking trips will have no more than 13 participants, though usually we run trips with 10-11.
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