The Ladies of Yosemite: A National Park Adventure Just for Women

Discover the wonders of Yosemite and the wonders of learning with a troupe of Road Scholar women as you explore Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Half Dome and so much more.
Program No. 23916RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

There’s no doubt that you’ve heard of Yosemite National Park and its stunning natural wonders. But do you know about the women who first overtook the park’s iconic peaks or roamed its vast forests as rangers? Join a small group of Road Scholar women (fascinating in their own right) and an expert naturalist and historian as she leads you through the park, sharing stories of women like Clare Marie Hodges, the first woman ranger in Yosemite, and Sally Dutcher, the first woman to climb Half Dome. From your home base at lodgings right inside the park, bond with new friends as you study the Yosemite women who pushed boundaries in the outdoors on an unforgettable, empowering, women’s-only adventure in Yosemite National Park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 miles over varied terrain including paved and dirt paths. Standing up to 45 minutes at a time. Elevations range from 4,000-8,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an exclusive evening discussion with author Lori Oliver Tierney and join her on a short hike as you hear her tales of struggle and perseverance on the John Muir Trail.
  • Explore Yosemite’s high country with a walk in the Tuolumne Meadows area, and experience the impressive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan.
  • Discover a special bond with your fellow Road Scholar women as you experience the distinctive flavor of a women’s-only adventure.
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Frank Helling
Frank Helling is an active adventurer and naturalist who has spent much of his life “sauntering” in the footsteps of the great mountaineer, philosopher and nature writer John Muir. He has backpacked, hiked and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii and the deserts of the American Southwest. A former high school science teacher, Frank has also worked as a ranger and naturalist in Kings Canyon National Park and as a professional wilderness instructor.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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