Yosemite National Park
June 3 - 8, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Mon - Sat)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, leaders, van shuttles between Fresno and Yosemite, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Fresno and Yosemite prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Fresno Yosemite International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
“As usual with Timberline, both guides were so helpful on the trail – and fun to be with!” Chris M.
John Muir, America’s greatest environmentalist, devoted much of his adult life battling for the preservation and protection of our greatest natural icons. He was instrumental in the establishment of several of our national parks and a moving force in the creation of the National Park Service. He spent the final years of his life locked in a losing fight to save Yosemite’s magnificent Hetch Hetchy Valley from obliteration by the construction of a dam and reservoir in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River intended to serve San Francisco’s need for water and power.
One of the founding members of the Sierra Club and its first president, Muir led the battle to save Hetch Hetchy from 1909 until Congress ultimately approved the project in 1913. One year later, on Christmas Eve, 1914, John Muir died. The official cause of death was listed as pneumonia, but most believed that this fierce warrior died of a broken heart. The O’Shaughnessy Dam was completed in 1923, and the impounded waters of the Tuolumne buried one of our nation’s natural and spiritual treasures.
Perhaps not quite as visually dramatic as Yosemite Valley, with its overpowering granite monoliths like Half Dome and El Capitan, Hetch Hetchy, because of its more isolated location, offered Yosemite’s visitors an incomparable contrast to the hustle and bustle of Yosemite Valley. For this reason, Muir always thought of Hetch Hetchy as Yosemite’s heart and soul – its spiritual core.
|Day 1||Group assembles at Yosemite National Park (van shuttle from Fresno) May Lake Hike||3|
|Day 2||Tuolumne Meadows-Tuolumne River-Tuolumne Falls-Glen Aulin||12|
|Day 3||Dana Meadows - Mono Pass||11|
|Day 4||Clouds Rest||14|
|Day 5||Panorama Trail: Glacier Point – Illilouette Falls-Panorama Point—Mist Trail--Nevada and Vernal Falls—Happy Isle||9|
|Day 6||Wanona Meadows and Swing Brady; return to Fresno||4.8|