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13977
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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.
Assembling California
by John McPhee
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
The San Joaquin – A River Betrayed
by Gene Rose
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by jared Diamond
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
by Clarence King
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.
Uncertain Path; A Search for the Future of National Parks
by William C Tweed
A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold
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 Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
by Michael Frye
www.michaelfrye.com
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 Secret Knowledge of Water
by Craig Childs
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
The Invention of Nature; Alexander Von Humboldt's New World.
by Andrea Wulf
The Land of Little Rain
by Mary Austin
The Journey Home
by Edward Abbey
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
by King N Huber
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted
by Laura Wood Roper
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 King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American
by Mark Arax
On the Loose
by Jerry & Renny Russell
Conifers of California
by Ronald M Lanner
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H Brewer
by William Brewer
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
The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
by Joseph L Sax
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
by Shirley Spencer
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
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
They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
by Jo Ann Levy
A Field Guide to Mammals
by William H Burt
The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farqhar
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
The Hour of Land; A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
by Terry Tempest Williams
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
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 Incomparable Valley: a Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite.
by Francois E Matthes
Mountain Sage
by Elizabeth Stone O'Neill
Oaks of California
by Bruce M Pavlik
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
by Steve Van Matre
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.
by Scott Weidensaul
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/
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst, CA
D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Remember to bring your nametag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in Lyles Dining Hall to register with the program staff, get any up-updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. We’ll enjoy a get-acquainted social hour that includes drinks and appetizers.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. in Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: 7:00 p.m. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, a farm-to-table meal, and evening entertainment. This program has a Road Scholar activity rating of “Outdoor: Choose Your Pace.” Field trips off site will be via shuttle bus. Field trips to and from Yosemite are around 35 miles each way on country roads. Classes will be held in Lower Lyles West or the chapel, a short walk from Lyles. Field trips including Day 5 may include walks/hikes of varying lengths to enhance and illustrate the subjects being taught. If mobility is an issue, please contact ECCO for further information. Each full day after breakfast, we will pack our own lunches from a variety of choices. ECCO will provide reusable water bottles to use throughout the program. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll have a review of trails to be hiked, review of equipment requirements and safety considerations. Please note that daily hike destinations may be revised during the program due to weather or other circumstances as necessary.

DAY
2
Hike Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise prior to breakfast (walking, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off a shuttle bus; driving about 15 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time; country roads. Moderate hike: 6 miles, elevation gain/loss 1000+ feet, hike begins at 5,500 feet. Challenging hike: 7 miles, elevation gain/loss 1,200 feet, hike begins at 5,500 feet.

Breakfast: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: At 8:45 a.m., we will board the shuttle bus and ride to Mariposa Grove where we’ll begin our hike for the day. Choose from two hikes, moderate or challenging. Moderate hike: 6 miles, elevation gain/loss 1000+ feet, hike begins at 5,500 feet. Challenging hike: 7 miles, elevation gain/loss 1,200 feet, hike begins at 5,500 feet.

Lunch: On the trail, we’ll have the sack lunches we packed this morning.

Afternoon: After completing our hike in the late afternoon, we will return to the Mariposa Grove parking lot and reboard the shuttle bus for return to ECCO.

Dinner: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: We will gather for a presentation by a local expert on a topic of interest. Possibilities could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area.

DAY
3
Yosemite Valley Hikes, Waterfalls Hike & OMG Point
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise prior to breakfast (walking, yoga, gardening, etc.). Getting on/off a shuttle bus; driving about 70 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time; country roads. Moderate Hike: 6.3 miles; elevation gain 300 feet; hike begins at 3,500 feet. Challenging Hike: 6.5 miles; elevation gain 2,100 feet, hike begins at 3,967 feet.

Breakfast: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: We will board the shuttle bus for today’s field trips to Yosemite trailheads. Choose from two hikes, moderate or challenging. Moderate Hike: 6.3 miles; elevation gain 300 feet; hike begins at 3,500 feet. Challenging Hike: 6.5 miles; elevation gain 2,100 feet, hike begins at 3,967 feet.

Lunch: In the field, we’ll have our sack lunches.

Afternoon: After completing our hikes mid-afternoon, we will return to the shuttle stop and reboard the shuttle bus for return to ECCO.

Dinner: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert.

DAY
4
Yosemite Valley Full Free Day
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise prior to breakfast (walking, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off a shuttle bus; driving about 70 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time. Extent of walking and other free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: We will board the shuttle for a full free day for independent exploration in Yosemite, to see and do what interests each of us most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration.

Lunch: In Yosemite, we’ll have our sack lunches.

Afternoon: We will continue our free time in the Park. If you like, tag-a-long on a scheduled Park Ranger walk or talk (as available), or simply relax and enjoy the beauty of Yosemite. We will rendezvous at the shuttle stop at 3:15 p.m. and reboard the shuttle bus for our return to ECCO.

Dinner: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert.

DAY
5
Yosemite Hikes: Cliffs, Domes, Waterfalls
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off a shuttle bus; driving about 70 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time. Moderate Hike: 4.75 miles, elevation gain 200 feet; hike begins at 4,000 feet. Challenging Hike: 5.75 miles, elevation gain/loss 1,500 feet; hike begins at 4,000 feet.

Breakfast: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: We will board the shuttle bus for our last day of hiking in Yosemite. Choose from two hikes, moderate or challenging. Moderate hike: 4.75 miles, elevation gain 200 feet; hike begins at 4,000 feet. Challenging hike: 5.75 miles in length, elevation gain/loss 1,500 feet; hike begins at 4,000 feet.

Lunch: In Yosemite, we’ll have our sack lunches.

Afternoon: After completing our hikes mid-afternoon, we will return to the shuttle stop and reboard the shuttle bus for return to ECCO.

Dinner: In Lyles Dining Hall. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert. Prepare for check-out and departure after lunch tomorrow.

DAY
6
Lewis Creek Trail, Corlieu Falls, Program Concludes
Oakhurst, CA
B,L

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, yoga, gardening, etc.). Getting on/off a shuttle bus; driving about 3+ miles, less than 1/4 hour riding time. Walking about 4 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; mixture of single track rolling hill trails, wide dirt forest service roads; elevation loss 900 feet. First half of hike is steep downhill. Lodge check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In Lyles Dining Hall.

Morning: We will board the shuttle bus and ride to the beginning point of our last hike. This area, south of Yosemite National Park, boasts its own beauty, which we will experience as we hike from the Highway 41 trailhead on Lewis Creek trail through National Forest land back to ECCO. The most notable feature of the area is Corlieu Falls, the highest waterfall in Madera County. The trail also follows the historical route of the Madera-Sugar Pine Lumber flume. As we go, we’ll learn about management differences and similarities between the National Park Service (administered by the Department of the Interior) and the U.S. Forest Service (operated by the Department of Agriculture). We’ll discuss challenges that face both agencies today. Returning to the lodge, we’ll have some time to shower and pack before lunch.

Lunch: In Lyles Dining Hall. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.