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Four Jewels: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks

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9 Days | 8 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Arthur Link Sep 11, 2014 at 04:34 PM

We are one week out from start. How are the fires going? Will we need gas masks at any time?

Paula Pappas Aug 11, 2014 at 03:13 PM

Will this be offered in 2015?
Nicole Drake Aug 21, 2014 at 04:48 PM

The Four Jewels program will be offered 3 times in 2015: 9/4/15, 9/18/15, & 10/2/15. Happy Planning!

Frederick Eisele Jun 22, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Hi, Carole Leadbeater,
Thanks for your reply to my query about clothing on the Yosemite-Death Valley Road Scholar tour.
It was just what I needed to know.
I was on faculty at Penn State from 1973-2004; not sure we knew one another.
Thanks again.

Frederick Eisele Jun 18, 2014 at 09:26 PM

Anyone have any suggestions for clothing for this trip: second week of Sept 2014, some high altitudes (Yosemite) and low (Death Valley)?
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:14 AM

September 2013 we enjoyed shirtsleeve weather, jackets in the evening, daytime in Death Valley at 104. are you FE from PSU 1960? Hal & Carole dbeater
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:20 AM

Are you Fred from PSU 1960? Hal Leadbeater and Carole friends with Rankins, enjoyed this trip 2013. warm daytime, shirtsleeves, jackets for evening, hot to 104 at Death Valley. Enjoy!
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:21 AM

David Armstrong Aug 31, 2013 at 06:56 PM

Madge & I are looking forward to a trip to California and are also doing an add-on program of the Color County National Parks. Any one else?

Carole Leadbeater Aug 31, 2013 at 09:39 AM

Hal and Carole Leadbeater going to 4 Jewels 9/6/13; concerned, but no news of changes or cancellations. See you in LA

Jeff Hodroff Jul 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM

Going to the 4 Jewels in September, 2013 with my wife Debbie. Anyone else signed up for this trip?
Walt Shura Aug 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Yes, during the week of September 6th. Hope the fires are out by then.
Jeff Hodroff Aug 30, 2013 at 04:57 PM

It sounded like the Yosemite fires were not near El Capitan or the 1/2 dome mountain, so we hope we will still be able to see them. Looking forward to meeting you.

Philip Palumbo Jan 30, 2011 at 01:25 PM

Planning first Elderhostel trip Sept 2011 trip "Three Jewels: Sequoia, Yosemite, and Death Valley". Please share your advice, feedback, pros & cons of this trip.
Victor Moffett Jan 31, 2011 at 03:35 PM

This is just my opinion, but skip Sequoia and spend more time in Yosemite and Death Valley. Defintely do no miss Glacier Point in Yosemite, and climb some of the trails depending on your skill level. In Death Valley, renting an all-terrain vehicle is advised. The best stuff is up in the little canyons where cars just cannot go. Listen to your rangers!
Tom Glembocki Feb 04, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Sequoia is less crowded than Yosemite for an equivalent experience. Death Valley is stunningly beautiful, I never expected it. We hiked up into some of the Death Valley Canyons. All-terrain vehicle is not a necessity but there are roads where they are advised. We stayed off those roads. The park is huge with interesting extremes.

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