Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
- Hiking & Lodge Camping
Dynamic Outdoors National Park Series

Saturday, June 7 - Saturday, June 14 2008


Hike 5 of the most popular hikes in Yosemite
Achieve the ultimate Yosemite hike-Half Dome
White Water Raft class IV+ in the Tuolumne River
Accommodations inside the park with stunning views
2 full days of optional activities (rock climbing, biking, or horseback riding)

General Itinerary:
Saturday, June 7:  Fly from LGA to Sacramento CA and arrive early afternoon. Transfer by van to Yosemite National Park. 

Sunday, June 8:  Hike the Glacial Point and Panorama 9mile loop
Monday, June 9:  Hike the Cathedral Lakes 8 miles (4 - 6 hours)

Tuesday, June 10:  Hike Mono Pass or Optional Activity Day #1
(Horseback riding, biking, or rock climbing)

Wednesday, June 11:  Choice of two hikes!
The Mist Trail (Vernal and Nevada Falls) 7.5miles OR
The Ultimate Half Dome (14miles)

Thursday, June 12:  Hike May Lake & Mt. Hoffmann or Optional Activity Day #2
(Horseback riding, biking, or rock climbing)

Friday, June 13:  White Water Rafting on the Tuolumne River class IV+
Saturday, June 14:  Depart for LGA at 11:45am, arriving in NYC at 11:45pm

- ALL Air and Ground Transportation
- Accommodations inside the park
- All Breakfasts prepared plus some snacks/ power bars supplied
- Park Entrance Fees
- 1 BBQ Dinner

Not included:
- All Optional Activities: Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, White Water Rafting
- Lunch and Dinners

$1,195 - make deposit by April 10
$1,295 - make deposit by April 30
$1,395 - make deposit by May 15 - if spots still available

To make your
$500 deposit and hold your spot...
Questions / RSVP:

3 nights Tent Cabins
2 nights Luxury Cabins
2 nights Hotel

Detailed Itinerary:
Saturday, June - 7:20am:  Fly from LGA to Sacramento, CA
1:05pm:  Arrive in Sacramento and set off to the western entrance of Yosemite National Park. (YNP).
On the way we will stop for an early dinner.  Once we arrive we will settle into our cabins inside the park.
Overnight Tent Cabins

Sunday, June 8:  Day Hike: Glacier Point-Panorama Loop (9miles).
This hike is a moderate-difficult combination of two of the best hikes in Yosemite with a 3,200ft elevation gain.  We will begin from Yosemite Valley ascending the Valley’s south wall to Glacier Point, the parks most famous viewpoint.  The first four miles climbs a steady 2,000ft as you begin to catch a first glimpse of Half Dome.  We will then switch to the Panorama Trail.  If we are lucky, we may find blue grouse on the trail.  On our decent we will see the 370ft Illilouette Falls. We will have one last climb of 760ft to see more magnificent views of Half Dome, Broderick, Liberty Cap, and Mt Starr King.  The hike will finish with Nevada and Vernal Falls. After the hike, transfer back to our camp for dinner.
Overnight Tent Cabins

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(Panorama Hike)

Monday, June 9:  Day Hike, Cathedral Lakes (8 miles / 4 - 6 hours)
This hike is a moderate hike with only a 1,000ft elevation change.  This trail will lead us to the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes.  Lower Cathedral Lake is among the most impressive of Yosemite9s granite-wrapped High Sierra lakes.  Numerous peaks such as Cathedral, Echo, and Tresside, all over 10,000 feet, surround the lakes.  Even though it may be cold, there is a chance to go swimming in these beautiful waters.  On the way back to camp, we will enjoy a visit at the Ahwahnee Hotel for cold beverage at the bar! This hotel is a National Historic Landmark in operation since 1927 and by far the most luxurious place in the park.
Overnight Tent Cabins

Tuesday, June 10:  Day Hike, Mono Pass (7.5miles) or Optional Activity Day
Today we will have the option to hike; or choose from a multitude of activities Yosemite has to offer.
Overnight Luxury Cabins
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Hike - Mono Pass is a moderate hike with only a 915ft elevation gain.  The trail follows a path established by Native Americans, which was later used for mining activity. Cabins in various stages of decline represent the mining era of the late nineteenth century. Near the pass are five reconstructed cabins in the midst of other mining debris.

Bike Rental - Explore Yosemite at your own pace as you enjoy the flat terrain and spectacular views of Yosemite Valley.  Over 12 miles of paved bike trails in Yosemite National Park take you to some of the most picturesque spots in the park.  The floor of Yosemite Valley is predominantly flat, with an occasional mild incline, making for easy cruising.

Rock Climbing - The Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service has been a tradition in Yosemite rock climbing since 1969.  Our guides can take you where you want to go, from learning your first knots, in our beginner Go Climb A Rock classes, to multi-day ascents of El Capitan for the more experienced.  As the only guide service permitted to operate within Yosemite National Park, we know Yosemite better than anyone, and would love sharing our knowledge and skills with you.

Horseback Riding - Experience the breath-taking views and majestic scenery of Yosemite National Park by mule or horseback.  When you are ready to saddle up, there are plenty of options.  We have three stables within the park boundaries, each offering unique scenery and a memorable experience.  Visit one, or all three, to see more of the park.  Two-hour, four-hour and all day rides are available.  Saddle up.
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Wednesday, June 11:  Day Hike, The Mist Trail (7.5miles) OR the famous Half Dome (14miles)
The Mist Trail and Half Dome start out at the same trailhead.  The Mist Trail a moderate to difficult hike with an elevation change of 1900ft.  This hike offers more scenic diversity than any other hike in Yosemite Valley!  The route follows the gentle switchbacks of the John Muir Trail up to the fall, then down the more spectacular yet steeper Mist Trail.  Expect to get wet along this trail, as it runs right alongside the tumbling water. 
The Half Dome hike is considered by most people to be the ultimate Yosemite hike, the biggest achievement.  Therefore, you must be in very good shape accept this challenging hike.  The summit offers awesome 360-degree views, and peering down its sheer 2000ft north face offers a powerful thrill you’ll remember the rest of your life.  Climbing gear is unnecessary.  Hikers haul themselves up the final 650ft. to the summit between two steel cables.  Wow!  After a full day of hiking, we will be able to relax in our Jacuzzi’s and have a BBQ in our luxury cabins.
Overnight Luxury Cabins
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Thursday, June 12:  Day Hike, May Lake & Mt. Hoffmann (6 miles) OR Optional Activity Day
May Lake & Mt. Hoffmann is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2004ft.  Mt. Hoffmann sits at 10,850ft and has outstanding views of Yosemite’s entire high country.  Hiking to its summit takes just a few hours along a good trail that presents no difficulties.  It was the first peak climbed in Yosemite, and remains one of the park’s most frequently visited summits.
List of Optional Activities Above   After all of our activities we will set out to Groveland to our hotel, stopping for dinner in town.
Overnight in hotel

Friday, June 13:  White Water Rafting the Tuolumne River class IV+ ($225)
After an early breakfast, we will depart for what has been referred to as the best white water rafting in California!  We will meet our guides at 8:30am and leave on the bus to the white water rafting shortly after.  Wet suits and jackets are included in price.
The Tuolumne River is a magical 18 mile corridor, boasting long, tantalizing class IV rapids, wondrous side creeks and wide, sandy beaches for camping. Rapids such as Rams Head, Steamboat, Cabin, Hells Kitchen and the granddaddy of them all, Clavey Falls, will stir the blood of any rafter, veteran or novice.  Lunch will be on the river and is included.  We will finish rafting around 6pm.  After showers and changing, we will drive to our hotel in Sacramento.
Overnight hotel

Saturday, June 14:  Depart for NYC at 11:50am, arriving at JFK at 11:30pm
View of Half Dome

Cathedral Peak & Lake

Nevada Falls

3 nights Tent Cabins:
Instead of setting up our own tents, we will be staying in tent cabins!  These are located right inside the park!  They sleep up to 4 people in each and include a bed, sheets, blankets, pillow, and a small heater.  There are hot showers on the premise as well as a pool, restaurant, pizza bar, coffee bar, general store, camping equipment store and bike rentals.

2 nights Luxury Cabins
The luxury cabin is located inside the park as well.  It is an elegant 3200 square foot apartment duplex. The home is beautifully furnished and decorated featuring six bedrooms each with a private bathroom. In total there are six fireplaces(some in the bedrooms), two wet bars, two pool tables, five hot tubs, barbecue, and patio seating.  This is luxury!

Air Service by American Airlines:
1    707S 07JUN J LGA - DFW HK22  7.40AM 10.15AM
2   1119S 07JUN J DFW - SMF HK22 11.45AM  1.15PM
3   1268S 14JUN J SMF - DFW HK22 11.50AM  5.15PM
4    766S 14JUN J DFW - LGA HK22  6.55PM 11.25PM

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won9t be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance:

Name Sales End Price
Ticket to an Amazing Adventure into the "Wild West" Ended $500

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