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Yosemite in Winter Tour

Highlights

  • Yosemite Valley at its quietest & most serene
  • Best waterfalls, viewpoints & glacial-carved valleys
  • Hikes in the Valley & snowshoes in the high country
  • Snowshoe to stunning viewpoints above The Valley
  • Cozy lodge in the evenings
  • Combination of lodge meals & picnic lunches

Description

Come join us for an extraordinary four days of exploring Yosemite National Park in the winter! Each day we'll embark on a different exciting day hike or snowshoe trek throughout the Park, and each evening we'll return to a comfortable lodge where we'll enjoy relaxing and charming restaurant meals and cozy rooms. We provide all the meals, lodging, local transportation, and an expert guide so you can relax and soak up Yosemite!
Our daily treks cover the gamut from popular, classic hikes to lesser-known gems that we selected just for this trip. We'll spend time in Yosemite Valley; we'll venture up into the snow at Badger Pass, and explore one of Yosemite’s three Giant Sequoia Groves. We'll see waterfalls, high peaks, stunning viewpoints, and giant Sequoia trees, all enhanced by winter’s beauty. You'll get to see and experience an amazing amount of this park in just 4 days!

One of the most amazing aspects of visiting Yosemite is learning about its glacial history. Your guide will point out this history throughout the week, noting evidence such as sheered domes, mountains of moraine, massive boulders perched in impossible positions, and other unique features. You'll also learn about Yosemite's wildlife, Native American history, and early settler history.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Hiking Mileage: 5-9 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet
Accommodations: Yosemite National Park lodging


Our first hike begins at the Happy Isles trailhead with a moderate hike to two of Yosemite’s crown jewels, Vernal Fall, and Nevada Fall, along the John Muir or the Mist Trails. While many of Yosemite's hikes are centered on a final destination, this route features stunning views the whole way, from Upper Yosemite Falls across the Valley, to the phenomenal granite heights of Liberty Cap, Grizzly Peak, the Panorama Cliffs, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and even Half Dome soaring above our heads.

After we lunch at a picturesque point along the trail, we’ll return to the Valley floor and explore more of the scenic wonders of this fantastic place and take a short hike to one of Yosemite’s lesser visited sights. Then we’ll head to our lodging, where we can warm up around a crackling fireplace and relax before we meet for a much- deserved dinner that evening.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 feet
Accommodations: Yosemite National Park lodging


Today we will arise early and drive up into Yosemite's high country. We'll head up the Glacier Point Road to the winter road closure at Badger Pass, site of California’s oldest ski area. Here, we’ll strap on snowshoes and begin an epic trip out to spectacular Dewey Point with its unique views of Yosemite Valley. The route begins on the closed Glacier Point Road and winds through a red fir and lodgepole pine forest. These trees thrive in this cold and snowy environment and have adapted throughout the millennium to these conditions. We soon pass through a series of snow-covered meadows before we drop down to Dewey Point and an extraordinary view of Yosemite and the High Sierra. We savor the view before the lure of a steaming cup of hot chocolate at the Badger Pass Ski lodge inspires us to begin our return.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: variable
Elevation Loss: variable
Accommodations: Yosemite National Park lodging


Today we’ll explore the hidden gems of Yosemite Valley. We’ll follow parts of the Valley Loop trail to areas rarely seen by the casual tourist. We’ll experience unique and up close views of Half Dome, El Capitan, the Merced River and Yosemite’s famous waterfalls enhanced with a glittering facade of ice. Either on snowshoes or with our hiking boots, depending on conditions, we’ll tailor our day to make the most of this most incredible Valley.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 5-6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1200 feet
Accommodations: Yosemite National Park lodging


*** This trail will be temporarily closed until fall of 2017. Your guide will substitute it with a carefully selected, equal or better alternative. ***

On our final day, we'll pack up and enjoy a hearty breakfast before leaving our cozy lodge among the pines. We'll turn south and enjoy one last, special treat. Today's hike takes us into Yosemite's biggest trees - the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. We'll hike the lower and upper loops, which provide for a wonderful morning of hiking. We'll visit the 2700 year old Grizzly Giant, the 25th largest tree on earth, as well as many other of these giants. We'll also get an unparalleled view of Wawona Valley, another of Yosemite's special places.

After our hike and lunch we'll contemplate the unforgettable time we've just experienced, and most likely start hatching new plans for future trips to more special places like Yosemite!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Four nights of lodging
  • Use of trekking poles and snowshoes
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (starting and ending from Half Dome Village)
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yosemite hiking/snowshoeing guide
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners and some breakfasts, we'll be enjoying lodge meals in Yosemite Valley that you're sure to enjoy!


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Snowshoes
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group in Half Dome Village in Yosemite Valley between 6 and 9 AM the morning the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact time and location of the rendezvous at that point. After our first day's hike we'll caravan to the lodge, where you can leave your vehicle parked for the duration of the tour.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's rendezvous time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will be out of the backcountry normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time) on the final day.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on inn-based trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Valleys
Alpine
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
 
 
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
 
 
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
 
 
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
 
 
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
 
 
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
 
 
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
 
 
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
 
 
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
 
 
December
48°
26°
46°
25°