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13977
California

Choose Your Pace: Hiking Yosemite Up Close and Personal

Hike at the pace you choose each day and see authentic Yosemite with experts. Discover giant sequoias and glacially carved valleys, and learn the story of this national treasure.
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Program No. 13977RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,559
California

Choose Your Pace: Hiking Yosemite Up Close and Personal

Hike at the pace you choose each day and see authentic Yosemite with experts. Discover giant sequoias and glacially carved valleys, and learn the story of this national treasure.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,559
Program No. 13977 RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Monday's field trip.

May 1 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 29 - Jun 3, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
1,559
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Monday's field trip.

May 1 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 29 - Jun 3, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Seasons of Magic in Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
1,849
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

At a Glance

Those who really want to know Yosemite must explore its wonders on foot. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers like John Muir, the father of Yosemite National Park, and Galen Clark, its Guardian, not to mention the Native Americans who first inhabited this enchanting land. Explore Yosemite’s unique glacially-carved valleys, granite monoliths, waterfalls and lush meadows in small groups divided by desired difficulty and learn about geology and natural history during on-site lectures.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from either a moderate or challenging hike based on your desired level of challenge and pace. The moderate hikes range from 5-6 miles and the challenging hikes range from 6-9 miles on varied terrain. Elevations of 3,100–8,100 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • With instructors who are expert Yosemite hikers, trek major trails in Yosemite Valley areas of Yosemite National Park and Mariposa Grove.
  • Learn about the geology, flora, fauna and human history of this "queen of the national parks."
  • Explore the complexities of managing Yosemite National Park from the perspective of those who have worked in the park.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room. Glacier Point will be closed for a road rehabilitation project from Spring 2022 through Fall of 2022.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold
The Secret Knowledge of Water
by Craig Childs
A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Sierra Nevada.
by Whitney, Stephen
. Stephen Whitney has taken most of the University of California Press guides and books and done an excellent job of condensing a wide range of biotic and abiotic topics. I highly recommend this guide to anyone interested in the Sierra Nevada, whether a teacher, backpacker, student, or amateur naturalist.
. Gloryland: A Novel.
by Johnson, Shelton
This books is roughly based on the life of his great-grandfather who was a buffalo soldier and one of those who patrolled Yosemite NP around the turn of the century to protect it from poachers, loggers, miners, etc. Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Shelton Johnson is an interpretive ranger for Yosemite National Park. His area of expertise is the Buffalo Soldiers and their influence on the early history of Yosemite and the west.
The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
by Michael Frye
www.michaelfrye.com
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada.
by Spencer, Shirley.
While the trees of Yosemite thrill visitors and the wildflowers often steal the show, every year the blue elderberry, the snowberry, the American dogwood, and dozens of other shrubs bloom in a glory all their own. This lovely volume, with inspired watercolors showing the fruit, flowers, and foliage of the plants, pays these shrubs full homage. Complete with useful information for plant identification, this book serves as a welcome and needed introduction to some of Yosemite's wildflowers.
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
by Clarence King
Uncertain Path; A Search for the Future of National Parks
by William C Tweed
The San Joaquin – A River Betrayed
by Gene Rose
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by jared Diamond
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures.
by Muir, John.
Short stories from John Muir that creates an understanding of John Muir.
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park.
by Huber, N. King.
Geologic History of Yosemite
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley: 1772-1939.
by Wallace Smith
Field Guide to Birds of North America
by John W Fitzpatrick
Assembling California
by John McPhee
FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted
by Laura Wood Roper
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
Conifers of California
by Ronald M Lanner
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H Brewer
by William Brewer
The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American
by Mark Arax
On the Loose
by Jerry & Renny Russell
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
by Joseph L Sax
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
by Shirley Spencer
The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter
Yosemite: Volume One
by William Neill
Our expert instructor highly recommends William Neill's blog and ebook. Find the blog at www.williamneill.com/blog/ and Find his ebook at www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/yosemite-volume1/index.html
They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
by Jo Ann Levy
A Field Guide to Mammals
by William H Burt
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner
Gloryland: A Novel
by Shelton Johnson
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
by Jonathan Spaulding
The Land of Little Rain
by Mary Austin
The Invention of Nature; Alexander Von Humboldt's New World.
by Andrea Wulf
The Journey Home
by Edward Abbey
My First Summer in the Sierra
by Muir, John.
The first of John Muir's books. This inspirational book allows the reader to understand John Muir's desire to protect and preserve Yosemite.
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
by King N Huber
A Journal of Ramblings Through the High Sierra of California by the University Excursion Party
by Joseph Le Conte
Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian
by Shirley Sargent
Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West
by Dale L Morgan
Nature’s Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
by Harvey Meyerson
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
Winter WorldL The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
by Bernd Heinrich
Challenge of the Big Trees
by William C Tweed
Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley
by Laird R Blackwell
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands; Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks
by Kate Marianchild
William Neill Blog
by http://www.williamneill.com/blog/
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
by Steve Van Matre
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.
by Scott Weidensaul
Mountain Sage
by Elizabeth Stone O'Neill
Touch the Earth: A Self-Portrait of the Indian Existence
by McLuhan, T. C.
Sierra Nevada Natural History: An Illustrated Handbook.
by Tracy I Storer
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Sierra Nevada
by Stephen Whitney
Oaks of California
by Bruce M Pavlik
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area
by Gene Rose
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.
by Rose, Gene.
Anyone who loves mountains, and especially the Sierra Nevada, will find this a great addition to the library. It documents the little known winter solo ski trip over the entire John Muir trail, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, by Orland Bartholemew in 1928-29. The author expertly crafts the story from old notes and a diary.
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
by John Muir
Sisters of the Earth
by Lorraine Anderson
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome
by Bob Madgic
Westering ManL The Life of Joseph Walker
by Bil Gilbert
Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
by Karen Wiese
Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West
by Timothy Duane
The Hour of Land; A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
by Terry Tempest Williams
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farqhar
The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
The Incomparable Valley: a Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite.
by Francois E Matthes





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