|FIELD TRIP: NatureBridge guides will lead the group on a day hike. |
Current weather and trail conditions will determine the hike destination, but tentative Valley hikes include the following:
Easy Option: Cooks Meadow Loop and Indian Museum ~ 4 miles
This easy walk offers stunning views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Royal Arches. We will also include a stop at the Native American Museum and historic village. This loop will also include the short, easy walk towards spectacular views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls from near the base of the falls. This waterfall is often dry from late July or August through October. Roundtrip hike is nine miles from Curry Village to El Capitan Meadow.
Hard Option: Valley Floor Loop moderate ~ Half loop: 8 miles
This trail follows many of the Valley's first east-west trails and wagon roads. The Valley Floor Loop provides solitude with occasional route-finding difficulty. Hike through meadows, forests, and along the Merced River. Along the way, enjoy views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Three Brothers, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Falls.
Both options are on varied terrain, but without too much elevation gain or loss to get everyone used to the 4,000 foot elevation of Yosemite Valley.
We will see many of the spectacular geologic features that make this one of the few places that, "live up to the brag," as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it.
Everyday along the trail, educators will discuss geology, cultural history, the National Parks and humans’ stewardship of the environment.