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Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Adventure

Trip Length6 Days
Group Size4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,299 for REI Members
$3,629 for non-members
DeparturesJun 2024-Sep 2024

Explore three awe-inspiring national parks—Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia—on a guided 6-day active adventure with REI.

Come discover why John Muir called the snow-crowned Sierra Nevada the “Range of Light.” Set out with a band of fellow curious adventurers to experience the bucket-list moments that abound here. Wander the Giant Forest and stand in reverence beneath the red-gold sequoias. Meet General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth. Trek to Edenic backcountry waterfalls. Encounter the surreal with a naturalist-led tour of Crystal Cave, with its turquoise pools and Seussian stalactites. Journey to the floor of Kings Canyon—one of the deepest in America. Hike Yosemite’s breathtaking Mist Trail and sample the John Muir Trail. Go wild swimming in green-blue waters. Stand on the rim of Yosemite Valley and come face to face with iconic Half Dome, surrounded by a vast sea of granite.

All along the way, our expert guides share insights on the Sierra’s natural and human history. They also handle the details, freeing you to just be present. Comfy campsites welcome you at the end of each day. Fill up on delicious “backcountry gourmet” dinners. Savor the transcendent quiet of a starry Sierra night.

Descend into Kings Canyon along a rugged granite trail, through cedar and pine forests to the base of lovely Mist Falls.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the iconic national parks of the Sierra Nevada on this immersive 6-day hiking adventure
  • Visit a giant sequoia grove in Sequoia National Park and marvel at General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth
  • Drop into Kings Canyon and hike to a beautiful backcountry waterfall. Take a refreshing dip in the Kings River.
  • Take in Ansel Adams views of Yosemite Valley and look for rock climbers on El Capitan
  • Hike up Yosemite’s spectacular Mist Trail to Vernal Falls


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Daily hikes typically range between 5-9 miles in length with elevation gains/losses of up to 2,100'. Guests should expect to carry a 5-10 pound day pack over varied terrain between 5,000' and 9,500' in elevation. Trails are composed of dirt and granite with some steep sections and exposed overlooks.

All hikes are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out; however, trip members should have previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition. We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 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.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Five nights camping accommodations; guide leadership; van transportation from Fresno, CA to Oakland, CA; meals as indicated on the itinerary; beverages including coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate; all group camping equipment; park fees and local taxes.


Camping, 5 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Adventure

Due to changes to the campground reservation policy at Sequoia National Park, the location of our campsite and specific daily hikes on Days 1-3 of the itinerary may vary. Itinerary specifics will be confirmed one month prior to departure. Contact us for additional details.

Day 1

Roam the Giant Forest and meet the largest tree on Earth

Our trip begins today in Fresno, California. Meet your guides and fellow hikers in the morning at our host hotel. After introductions, we load into our private van and set out on the three-hour drive towards the great national parks of the Sierra Nevada. From the flat Central Valley, we climb thousands of feet to the western slope of the Sierra, the only place where the giant sequoia grows naturally. Arriving first at Kings Canyon National Park, we stop to explore Big Stump Grove and learn why Kings Canyon was protected as the nation’s third national park. Heading next to neighboring Sequoia National Park, we begin an afternoon hike along a series of rolling, interconnecting trails to the Giant Forest, home of General Sherman, the largest Sequoia on Earth. After spending time in the shade of these gorgeous, enormous and ancient trees, we make a quick transfer to our comfortable campsite for a delicious guide-prepared dinner and a crackling campfire. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 7.5 miles with 1,800’ of elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 3.5 hours.

Day 2

Hike up a granite dome for astonishing vistas. Explore Crystal Cave

After a hearty breakfast in camp, we set out to explore Sequoia National Park. We stretch our legs on a short but stout hike through thick forests to the top of Little Baldy, a granite dome with 360-degree views that encompass some of the tallest peaks of the Sierra Crest, with some of the steepest vertical relief in North America. After our hike, we continue to Halstead Meadow, a wildlife-rich wetland habitat. We stop for a picnic lunch in this beautiful meadow before heading to the park’s visitor center for a quick educational stop, learning more about the natural history of the Sierra region. Today’s final adventure takes us underground to the Crystal Cave, where a Sequoia Parks Conservancy naturalist enlightens us on how this rare marble karst cave came to exist. Returning to the surface, we head back to camp for dinner under a blanket of stars twinkling through the forest canopy. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles with 900’ of elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 3 hours.

Day 3

Descend into Kings Canyon, hike to Mist Falls and take a dip in crystal waters

Today, we descend into a deep river canyon that makes Yosemite Valley look small in comparison. Kings Canyon, the mile-deep cousin of the more famous glacially-carved valley to the north is a breathtaking sight to behold. After switchbacking our way to the canyon bottom, we drive along the mighty Kings River, staring up in awe at towering granite walls until we reach Road’s End trailhead. Our hike today follows along the canyon floor to the confluence of the South Fork of the Kings River and Bubbs Creek. We hike alongside the river up a rugged granite trail, past sparkling cascades and swimming holes, through cedar and pine forests to the base of Mist Falls. The falls are a perfect lunch spot and turnaround point but, before returning to the trailhead, we make one final stop for a cooling swim in the Kings River. This section of river is postcard-perfect, as the green-blue waters, rimmed by white granite boulders, flow past stands of towering conifers. All meals included.

Hiking: 9 miles with 800’ of elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 2 hours.

Day 4

Journey to Yosemite National Park. Take in Yosemite Valley and El Capitan

We begin this morning with a hearty breakfast before we break camp and set out on our drive north towards the wonders of Yosemite National Park. We'll stop at Tunnel View for our first classic panorama view of magnificent Yosemite Valley and take a moment to drink in the grandeur before us. Next, we'll continue onto Yosemite Valley where we'll eat a guide prepared lunch and explore the historic Yosemite Village. With our appetite now whet for more exploration, we continue on to our camp and imagine what amazing discoveries await in the coming days. All meals included.

Hiking: .5 miles with minimal elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 5 hours with multiple breaks and scenic stops en route.

Day 5

Hike to the rim of Yosemite Valley for unsurpassed views of legendary Half Dome

We enjoy a hot breakfast before setting out for our trailhead along Tioga Road. Today’s hike descends along a trail winding its way through a forest of massive pines. We discover an improbable natural granite arch along the way to our final destination, the summit of North Dome. Standing atop this granite lookout, Half Dome lies at eye level directly across the canyon from our lofty perch. This vantage point also offers unsurpassed views of Glacier Point, Clouds Rest, Mt. Watkins and many other landmarks of Yosemite Valley and Tenaya Canyon. After lunch, we climb back up to the trailhead, imagining what it was like when members of the Miwok, Paiute, and Ahwahnechee tribes explored, traded and lived in these mountains, laying down the foundations for the trails we hike on today. Back at camp, we savor another fabulous dinner and relive the day’s adventures around our cheerful fire. All meals included.

Hiking: 9 miles with 1,000’ of elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 2 hours.

Day 6

Hike the Mist Trail and John Muir Trail. Behold a sky-high waterfall

On our last day in Yosemite, we set out on one of the most iconic hikes in the park, the spectacular Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. Our trail starts out flat but soon begins to climb, up steps hewn from granite, alongside the roaring Merced River. As we approach 318-foot falls, the river turns to a raging torrent of whitewater and mist as it siphons through massive boulders near the bottom of the falls. After climbing past iconic waterfall, we eat lunch on the granite slabs surrounding the river. Our descent follows a different path, along the John Muir Trail. This is just a small section of the historic trail that links together John Muir's various mountain rambles from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. After completing our hike, we begin our drive to Oakland where we bid farewell to our guides and newfound friends. We plan to arrive in Oakland by approximately 6:30pm this evening. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 6.5 miles with 1,000' of elevation gain/loss. Transfer: 4.5 hours

Itinerary map for Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Adventure

Gear List

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. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

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Provided by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent(s)

What to pack

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