Hiking Yosemite: Up Close and Personal
Go off the beaten path and see authentic Yosemite with experts as you discover giant sequoias, hidden vistas, glacially-carved valleys and learn the story of this national treasure.
Program No. 13977RJ
6 days
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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 and hear on-site lectures. If you’ve long yearned for a chance to see the treasures of Yosemite National Park away from the madding tourist crowd, this is it!
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Hiking 5-10 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 3,100-8,100 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With instructors who are expert Yosemite hikers, trek major trails in the Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley areas of Yosemite National Park and Nelder Grove just outside of Yosemite.
  • 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

Each day, choose from a learning hike (less intensity, more education) or a challenging hike (similar location, but with increase distance, elevation change and speed).
Featured Expert
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Steven Riley
Steven Riley is married and has two daughters. He has spent 7 years of his adult life living inside Yosemite Valley. He has authored and illustrated 3 children’s books about the National Parks. His very first book was written about Yosemite, and is titled “Little Ty Cooney and the Big Yosemite Race.” He now lives in Oakhurst, Calif. and works as a Youth Director at his church. He travels around the United States visiting Elementary schools teaching kids about the joy and fun of writing. He spends his summers guiding tours and presenting his books to the guests of Yosemite National Park.
Tim Fabbian
Steven Riley