Yosemite Lodge Hiking Adventure
Discover the beauty and legacy of Yosemite with REI as we set out for five days of hiking shaped by the bounty of the park's trails, peaks and waterfalls. Each day, from the comfort of the park's historic lodges, we'll enjoy another of Yosemite's best routes. With round trip transportation from Fresno provided, we'll journey first to southern entrance and the Mariposa Grove for an astonishing warm-up hike to see the Grizzly Giant - an ancient sequoia over 100 feet around at the base. Continuing north on our adventure, we'll head next to the heart of Yosemite Valley to take in the spectacular views of Half Dome and the beyond from Glacier Point before descending the Panorama Trail to experience some of the park's most jaw-dropping scenery. We'll make our way east to the famed high country, traveling to Tuolumne Meadows for a full day of hiking in some of the world's most renowned alpine meadows, then experience yet another unique face of Yosemite as we hike to Yosemite Point on foot, standing face-to-face with Half Dome before descending dramatic Yosemite Falls to arrive back at our lodge. Evenings offer opportunities to witness dramatic sunsets and enjoy the park's live theater programs while each day's memorable hikes are punctuated with healthy doses of California sun, fresh picnic lunches, lovely dinners and comfortable accommodations all set in the heart of John Muir's own legendary wonderland, Yosemite National Park.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance.
Yosemite Lodge Hiking Adventure Itinerary:
Day 1 Welcome to California, where our adventure begins in Fresno. Travel to Yosemite and explore the Mariposa Grove.
Day 2 Travel to the heart of the park for amazing views from Glacier Point and hike the Panorama Trail.
Day 3 Head east to the glorious sub-alpine meadows of Tuolumne in the high country.
Day 4 Head off the beaten path to explore Yosemite Creek and descend awe-inspiring Yosemite Falls.
Day 5 Explore Yosemite Valley from El Capitan Meadow to Mirror Lake before we return to Fresno where our trip ends.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available.
One night at Tenaya Lodge and three nights in Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (all double occupancy), guide leadership, group transportation from Fresno, California to Yosemite National Park and return, all meals as noted in the daily itinerary, snacks, park fees.
Flights or transportation to/from Fresno, California, airport taxes and luggage fees, theater fees (optional), alcoholic beverages, laundry fees, guide gratuities.
This trip is rated Moderate . Trip members should be in good physical condition for hiking in Yosemite. We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure that includes hiking (preferably), walking or some other form of cardiovascular exercise (swimming, cycling) in order to prepare for the activity in this adventure. There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails we hike. Our comfortable lodge accommodations, great routes and exceptional guides make this a perfect adventure for both experienced hikers and fit beginners. The minimum age requirement for this trip is 14 years.
Summer and fall weather varies in the park, sometimes dramatically, so expect changes in temperature and potential for precipitation and quickly changing conditions. On the valley floor, temperatures generally range from 65-85°F during the day, dropping into the 40s to mid-50s at night. Although extended rains are unusual, they can occur, making adequate raingear and some warmer clothing essential for this trip.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Yosemite Lodge Hiking Adventure
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Trip leader first-aid kit
- Water filter
- Photo identification
- Airline tickets
- Large wheeled duffel for air travel
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Daypack 2000 - 2500 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, snacks, etc.
- Rain jacket or poncho: lightweight, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants: waterproof and breathable
- Fleece or wool sweater
- Hiking pants
- Hiking shorts
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Casual, comfortable clothes for evenings
- Resort casual clothing for our farewell dinner (see 'Things to Consider' below)
- Sun hat with brim
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool for fleece gloves
- Hiking boots: sturdy, midweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
- Water footwear – see Things to Consider section
- Comfortable shoes for evenings
- Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first-aid kit, small
- Insect repellent
- Trekking poles
- Toiletry kit
- Toilet kit ditty bag with: ½ roll toilet paper, Ziploc bags, trowel, hand sanitizer.
- Camera, film/memory card(s), spare batteries
- Small binoculars
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Games and toys: Frisbee, cards, etc.
- Reading and writing materials
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Cotton is wonderful in hot weather or in the evenings. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool, or polyester fabrics such as Capilene or MTS, which will insulate even if they get wet.
- You may not want to enter any water in the park without protective footwear. Thong sandals or Birkenstocks are poor choices as they have no heel strap. Sandals should be supportive and comfortable enough to wear while walking short distances. Old running shoes, reef walkers, water sandals, etc. work well.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inner layers without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure hiking boots are broken-in. Bring blister treatment in your personal first-aid kit. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Snacks: Plenty of food and snacks will be available at all times during the trip. Should you bring your own snacks or powdered drinks, store them indoors in a secure location. Never leave food outside unattended or overnight. You are traveling in bear country.
- Our farewell dinner will be hosted at the lovely and historic Ahwahnee Hotel dining room, and recommended dress is "resort casual". Gentlemen are asked to wear collared shirts and long pants. Ladies are asked to wear dresses, skirts or slacks and blouses.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.