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Mariposa Snowshoe Tour
Mariposa Grove Guided Snowshoeing
Mariposa Grove Snowshoeing Tour
Mariposa Snowshoe Day Tour
Mariposa Snowshoe Guided Day Tour
Mariposa Grove Winter Tour

Mariposa Snowshoe Tour

Highlights

  •   Phenomenal giant Sequoias
  •   Wonderful winter solitude
  •   Fun, invigorating snow travel
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Top-shelf gear & guide
  •   Tasty trail snacks, hot drinks & lunch

Description

This winter trek begins off of Highway 41 near Yosemite Entrance station at the Mariposa Grove trailhead. In the wintertime the road to the grove is closed adding 2 miles to our summer trek. After a hot cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee with your guide we will begin our ascent toward the Giant Sequoia Grove. We will begin at the road closure and hike/snowshoe up the unplowed road toward the grove. The trail begins on the south end of the grove and heads west passing the "Fallen Monarch" and the "Bachelor and Three Graces" within the first mile. Continuing on another ¼ mile and a 300ft gain in elevation we will arrive at the Grizzly Giant. This is the tallest, 209 ft, and oldest tree in Yosemite national park. Continuing on, the trail climbs steadily as we hike past many other massive Sequoia’s namely the “Faithful couple” and the aptly named "Clothespin" tree. Continuing on past the “Mariposa” tree we climb into the Upper Grove at 6,800ft to have a trail lunch at the “Galen Clark” tree. After lunch we will take a small loop back toward the road past two more Giant Sequoia’s the “Fallen Wawona Tunnel” tree and the “Telescope” tree. Descending back on our previous tracks we will make our way back where we came from, down the road and safely back to our cars.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private Day Hike Tour
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Yosemite National Park
Dec-Feb
6-8 hours
8mi / 13km
1200 ft gain/loss
$155-$280

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Day Hike Rates

Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 1 person: $540
  • 2 people: $280 per person
  • 3 people: $240 per person
  • 4-5 people: $190 per person
  • 6-7 people: $155 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

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


Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Waterproof winter hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Snow pants
  • Multiple warm wool or fleece tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day tours include energizing trail snacks, tea or hot chocoloate, and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

This hike meets at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days prior to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.


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 this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval 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°
 
 
December
48°
26°
46°
25°
 

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