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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Amy from Salinas, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 07/26/15 - 07/31/15
Another great time in Blayney Meadows! Thanks to all the staff who treat us like family! Food is yummy!! Great hiking!

Lynn from Ithaca, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
If you love to be in a peaceful, beautiful, forest setting; if you love great food and companionship; if you love to hike and learn about the natural world; if you love a good story; if you love waking up at dawn to a campfire and coffee and sleeping where the owls call in the night, you should not miss an opportunity to be at Lost Valley Camp for the High Sierra Program.

Robert from Tavares, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
Have you thought about hiking a portion of the Pacific Crest trail without worrying about pitching a tent every night? Have you imagined taking a yoga course in a mountain meadow at sunrise? Is a long shower with unlimited hot water an important part of your camping experience? Would you enjoy sipping a glass of wine after an afternoon of exploring pine forests and viewing wild flowers? Do you appreciate dining around a roaring campfire? In other words, do you want a camping experience in the High Sierra mountains without having to "rough it."? Then, this program is for you. And, oh, when you get to the campsite, don't forget to tell Suzie, Dean, Barbara and Corrie that Bob sent you.

Susanne from Clearlake, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
This program is perfect for a couple. She can to what she wants, he can do the same. Then meals and the evening can be spent together.

Kathy from Sierra Madre, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
I enjoyed this program very much. The staff was great, friendly, helpful, well educated, very accommodating, providing hikes of various difficulties and destinations so that we were able to choose an activity based on our desires and abilities. The accommodations were as comfortable as could be expected and the meals were delicious. Evening programs were varied and interesting. The High Sierras are amazingly beautiful and not crowded. If you are not sure you want to backpack but would like a wilderness experience this is a great program.

Sue from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
I was looking for an opportunity to get into the beautiful and remote High Sierra with good company, and this trip was perfect. Both the hosts and other guests could not have been kinder, more interesting, or even funnier.

Linda from Gilroy, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
I was hesitant about a week-long backpacking trip in the High Sierra Mountains, but it was the trip of a lifetime. We all enjoyed the people, scenery, walks/hikes, scenery, and the outdoor experience. Oh, and did I mention the scenery. I am very glad to know that this beauty and natural places still exists. The opportunity is not to be missed.

Gwyneth from Gilroy, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
This program perfectly combined hiking, learning about the Sierra wilderness, relaxing and social time. The food was delicious and the camp site is well appointed. Various activities were offered daily to choose from based on your interest and abilities. The hot showers were an extra bonus!

Kate from Campbell, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
The setting for this trip is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas I've ever visited. The food was delicious, the campfire delightful, the hikes exhilarating, and the programs fascinating. Best of all, our hosts and their staff were wonderful and charming in every way!

Gail from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
This trip far exceeded my expectations! the wilderness is what I expected - and I was not disappointed! but what meade it so special was the Ross family and their hospitality. This was truly a unique wilderness experience. Don't miss this one! Gail

susan from Santa Fe, NM Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
This was the best wilderness camping, hiking, learning experience ever! The Ross's welcome you in like family.

Barbara from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
This was an absolutely terrific experience. The Rosses and all their helpers were knowledgeable, organized and great. The hikes were fantastic and the mountains were incredible. I celebrated my 70th birthday while there and I can't think of a better place to have done it.

Amy from Salinas, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
Excellent program thanks to Ross family and friends. Incredible hiking, varied activities& yummyummy food. Last night's campfire was the best with guitar and folk songs.....thanks Gerry. Great group, surrounded by beauty in many forms.

Gerry from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
An outstanding wilderness experience in a truly magical environment. Program quality is exceptional--the food and accommodations are excellent. If you're looking for a five star wilderness program in the high country--this is it!

Jennifer from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
This was a great wilderness experience but with safety and comfort built in. Enjoyed the hot springs ,variety of hikes, the Ross family and their wonderful staff(friends)

Laurie from Diamond Springs, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
This High Sierra program was exactly what I hoped for: a week of adventure, fun and learning. Leave your responsibilities and distractions behind; focus on the beauty of the Sierra wilderness while the Ross family and their staff share their extensive knowledge with humor, warmth, and organization. Comfortable tents, the ingenious wood-fired hot water shower, and interesting field studies. Every effort was made by the cooking group to accommodate vegans, vegetarians and omnivores - the food is fantastic and plentiful. I hope to repeat this trip again.

Rosanna from Placerville, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
This Wilderness Experience was absolutely WONDERFUL, and I would do it all over again in a minute. The camping accommodations, the hikes, the classes, the campfires, the staff and fellow campers, the GORGEOUS scenery were all absolutely OUTSTANDING! And the FOOD was the best I have ever had on a group trip!! This trip is an opportunity to step into our beautiful Sierra Wilderness for a week -- away from our sometimes fast-paced lives -- and soak up and revel in the beauty of NATURE. (while being taken care of royally!!)

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16 meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
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