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20197
California

National Parks of the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia

Discover three of the nation’s most treasured national parks, exploring waterfalls in King’s Canyon, the world’s largest trees in Sequoia and the many must-see sites of Yosemite.
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Program No. 20197RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
California

National Parks of the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia

Discover three of the nation’s most treasured national parks, exploring waterfalls in King’s Canyon, the world’s largest trees in Sequoia and the many must-see sites of Yosemite.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 20197 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 3, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 3, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

At a Glance

Breathe crystal-clear air in an in-depth exploration of all three of these iconic national parks. Enjoy field trips where you’ll experience the major attractions of King’s Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks as you learn about animal life, astronomy, botany, geology, native plants, park issues and the influence of famed naturalist John Muir.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Hikes anywhere from 2 to 6 miles a day. Elevations up to 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In Kings Canyon, be part of history at Muir's Rock, the place where John Muir frequently addressed the Sierra Club, and visit Roaring River Falls and Zumwalt Meadow, which showcase fabulous granite walls.
  • In Sequoia, experience Congress Loop to encounter the General Grant Tree, the largest tree by mass in the world, and take in the vast landscape of the Great Western Divide and the San Joaquin Valley.
  • In Yosemite, stop at Tunnel View for your breathtaking first glimpse of Half Dome, and stand before natural and man made marvels like El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Bridge and Yosemite Falls.

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.
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.
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
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.
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.
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.
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 Huber, N. King.
Geologic History of Yosemite
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.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst, CA
D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, our staff may not be available to assist outside of those hours. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour. During our social hour, we will have a short orientation time to help answer your questions and properly welcome you to our home. Dinner follows at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: A short program of introductions and program information follows dinner. We are pleased to show a short video highlighting the beauty of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, which are our destinations for tomorrow. The rest of the evening is left free for you to relax and recover from your day's journey.

DAY
2
Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Grant Grove, Muir Rock
Hume Lake
B,L,D
Hume Lake

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Our bus ride from ECCO to Sequoia/Kings Canyon is about 2 hours long. Enjoy interpretation provided by our Study Leader, Shirley Spencer. Enjoy the adventure of leaving the rolling foothills, traversing the thriving crops and farms of the central valley, and then climbing back up to Hume Lake, where we will be lodging. Walking up to 6 miles over the course of 4 different stops, distances vary at each stop.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall. An ECCO breakfast buffet may include French toast, quiche, omelette or pancakes accompanied by potatoes and sausage or bacon. Standard items include eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruit, toast or muffins and yogurt and granola.

Morning: Board bus for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We will discuss and explore the 7 botanical zones of Kings Canyon. You will have opportunity to compare and contrast the three parks. In addition, we will discuss the histories of the three parks.

Lunch: We will have lunch at the General Grant Tree

Afternoon: We will talk about the "Floral Life Zones of the Sierra Nevada" as we explore Kings Canyon. Field trip excursions may include Grizzly Falls, Roaring River Meadow and Muir Rock.

Dinner: Dinner at Hume Lake

Evening: 7:00 p.m. - Astronomy evening program the study leader will help us navigate the night sky through stories, constellation finding and exciting facts.

DAY
3
Sequoia National Park, General Sherman Tree
Hume Lake
B,L,D
Hume Lake

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Our bus ride today will be roughly 45 minutes each way. Walking distances may exceed 5 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at Hume Lake

Morning: Depart for field trip to Congress Loop which includes General Sherman Tree, the largest mass tree in the world.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch at the Giant Forest Museum.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to various nearby locations which include interpretive hikes of ancient groves, wildlife abundant meadows, and spectacular views of the Great Western Divide.

Dinner: Dinner at Hume Lake

Evening: 7:00 p.m. - Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

DAY
4
Return to ECCO, Yosemite Valley Field Trip
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Our bus ride from Sequoia/Kings Canyon to ECCO is about 2 hours long. After Lunch we will depart for Yosemite Valley, an additional hour and a half long drive each way. Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at Hume Lake.

Morning: We will depart for ECCO.

Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Dining Hall

Afternoon: We will depart for Yosemite Valley to begin exploring with stops at Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Bridge, and Cook's Meadow. Depart for ECCO at 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: 7:30 p.m. - Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

DAY
5
Yosemite Valley, Ahwahnee Hotel Luncheon
Oakhurst, CA
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Our bus ride to and from Yosemite 3 hours long, roughly 35 miles each way. Getting on/off shuttle. Walking up to 3 miles on mostly flat ground in Yosemite Valley, both paved and unpaved.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: After breakfast, we will board the shuttle for Yosemite Valley, departing by 8:00 a.m. We will continue to explore the valley floor before our instructor will lead us on a field trip to the Ahwahnee Hotel, where we'll marvel at the architecture, the basketry displays, and the history inherent within its walls.

Lunch: Lunch at the world-famous, Ahwahnee Hotel. The Ahwahnee is considered the crown jewel of Yosemite dining, and is an award-winning Dining Room. It is both magnificent and intimate. The 34-foot-high beamed ceiling with large sugar pine trestles that complement the room’s granite pillars, floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers, linen tablecloths and beautiful china create the perfect ambiance for a memorable dining experience. Following lunch is a tour of the Ahwahnee's great rooms with their exquisite Indian basketry displays and elegant stained-glass windows.

Afternoon: After lunch, our instructor will guide us to take a park shuttle to Yosemite Village to explore the area for the rest of the afternoon before returning to campus by dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Dining Hall

Evening: 7:00 p.m. - Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Oakhurst, CA
B,L

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Room check-out at 9:00 AM.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Dining Hall

Morning: Class - Discuss present-day national park issues

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - Farewell lunch in Lyles Dining Hall. We hate to say "goodbye," but it's that time. We've left you with enough time to plan another day in Yosemite National Park or the opportunity to explore other areas of our beautiful Sierra Nevada--perhaps Nelder Grove, the Scenic Byway or the quaint town of Mariposa. We hope you'll come back again to enjoy another of our programs. Thank you very much for joining us this week. We hope to see you again!






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