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Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

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October is a great time to explore the world class hiking trails originating from Yosemite Valley. The crowds have thinned out, the weather is exceptional and the summer haze has depleted.

Join us for 3 days and 2 nights as we set luxury camp at Yosemite's beautiful North Pines campground and hike the most awe inspiring trails Yosemite Valley has to offer.

Inclusions: 2 tent camping nights at North Pines campground. North Pines has fresh water, bathrooms, picnic tables, food lockers and walking access to stores and restaurants.

Exclusions: NP entry fee per car. ($30) tents, gear, food and anything else not mentioned in the inclusions . You must bring your own tent. Parking is limited and you may have to park outside the campsite area but within a short walking distance.


Monday October 2:

12:00 pm: Meet at campsite.

12: 30pm: Start day hike.

Our first hike begins at the Happy Isles trailhead with a moderate hike to two of Yosemite’s crown jewels, Vernal Fall, and Nevada Fall, along the John Muir or the Mist Trails. While many of Yosemite's hikes are centered on a final destination, this route features stunning views the whole way, from Upper Yosemite Falls across the Valley, to the phenomenal granite heights of Liberty Cap, Grizzly Peak, the Panorama Cliffs, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and even Half Dome soaring above our heads. We’ll return to the Valley floor and set up camp among the towering ponderosa pines of the beautiful North Pines Campground in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Then, as we prepare our meals and celebrate with an adult beverage or 2, there should still be time to is sit around the campfire and watch as the alpenglow turns Half Dome a brilliant crimson over 4000 feet above us!

Time to complete: 3 to 5 hours
Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1950 feet

Tuesday October 3:

8:00 am: Start day hike.

There may be no better way to see what's so fabulous about Yosemite Valley than to hike the Four-Mile Trail, which climbs from the valley floor near the Swinging Bridge to the south valley rim at Glacier Point

Today's hike begins at the Valley Floor at the Four Mile Trailhead just adjacent the base of Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. We will begin our brisk 4.7 mile climb into the clouds beginning at 4000' and ending at Glacier Point at 7200'. We will enjoy our packed lunch while enjoying the finest views available in Yosemite.

This hike offers great views of most of the landmarks that Yosemite Valley's famous for, and all from angles you're not used to seeing on postcards.

The scenery starts slowly from the bottom, since you need to climb above the timber that blankets much of the valley before the views really start to pop.

A mile or so in, you'll start to round corners and see Yosemite Falls in all of its glory. From nearly anyplace else in the world, strategic bits of the falls are coyly hidden by trees or rock, but on the lower half of the Four-Mile Trail, you get to see everything. You'll also see a reverse tunnel view off to the west, with Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan framing opposite sides of the view. You'll pass almost directly under Sentinel Rock, and once you reach the trail gate about three miles (4.5 km) from the bottom, you'll start to see remarkable views up Tenaya Canyon to Half Dome, Clouds Rest, North Dome, and the Royal Arches. You'll also get varying views of Yosemite Falls almost all the way to the top of the trail, eventually reaching the point where you're looking down on them.

We’ll return to the Valley floor and make our way to Half Dome Village for an outdoor dinner and drinks at the Pizza Deck. We will return to camp for another relaxing night around a campfire.

Time to complete: 5 to 7 hours;

Total trail mileage: 9.4

Elevation gain/ loss: 3200'

Difficulty: Call it a 4 out of 10 going down and 7 out of 10 going up. The trail is wide and smooth, and not nearly so steep as Upper Yosemite Falls, whose own valley-floor-to-valley-rim trail is a mile shorter. If you get tired and want to call it quits early, just turn around the way you came up.

Wednesday October 4:

7:00am; Break Camp and start day hike: Mount Hoffman Summit

Today we're returning to Yosemite's high country for a summit attempt on a peak at the geographical center of Yosemite National Park. Our hike takes us uphill to May Lake, a charming subalpine lake framed by sheer granite cliffs. We'll take a break at the lake before continuing up the flanks of Mount Hoffman. This summit involves only hiking, but is an exciting ascent up a picturesque mountain peak.

The real gem of today comes when we reach the summit of Mount Hoffman, which some people say offers the best view of any in Yosemite! From its high perch we will be looking down on Half Dome and Cloud's Rest - a rare vantage point - and over to the bright granite peaks of the Cathedral Range. We'll snap some pictures and soak up the views over a picnic lunch before heading back down to May Lake and back to the trailhead and our cars to make our way home.

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 feet

Time to complete: 4-5 hours.


REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds if you cancel at anytime after paying or fail to show up or fail to complete any portion or the event due not showing up prepared and/or not follwing the requirements and prerequsiites of the trip including being physically prepared and supplying and understanding how to properly use the correct gear required for you to safely participate and complete this trek in a group setting. Refunds will not be granted to anyone who violates the terms of this posting or is removed from the event as a result of violating the terms and conditions contained in this posting. Misrepresenting your qualifications or providing false information while applying for approval may result in your removal from the event and without refund.

Some trips are more physically demanding than others. Only you know how much you can handle, so make sure you have read the complete trip description and are fully aware of the the physical requirements before you sign up, or you might be putting yourself and others into a dangerous situation. Should you have questions about the physical requirements of the trip, please contact the event organizer. By signing up and participating in any events posted by this group, you represent that you are qualified, in good health and in proper physical condition to participate in the event. If you are at all unsure of your physical abilities for an event, you agree to not participate. Periodically, we may ask for a full disclosure in advance of attending a trip if you suffer from any medical condition, physical disability or are currently suffering from any physical ailment or injury resulting in limitations of the feet, toes, back, spine, hips, knees, shoulders, neck, joints etc., that may hinder your ability to complete a trip on your own power or may become inflamed or easily re-injured during the normal and anticipated physical "wear and tear" conducive to and as described in the trip description.


As a participant in any of the organized events posted on this page, participant acknowledges that the nature of the event is adventurous and may involve a significant amount of personal risk. The participant hereby assumes all such risk and does hereby release the group and any of it's organizers from all claims and causes of action arising from any damages, financial loss or injuries or death resulting from these inherent dangers.


Having the right gear and the experience using it is your responsibility.
We do not provide "pack lists" but will often call out specific and specialized gear required for a specific destination. Ie, a bear can where required.
We require you to already know the type of gear you need and to be up to date on gear trends. (See REI)
There is a huge difference between backpacking gear and car camping gear. Backpacking gear is expensive and the quality can vary greatly! Do not skimp on quality.
Do your research and choose only high quality gear from reputable retailers. Avoid renting gear unless you have field tested the exact models in the past. Avoid sharing gear or borrowing gear while in the field. Always check weather reports and have different gear level options available based on air temperature, rain, snow, heat, winds, etc. Making a mistake here can ruin your trip or worse.


  • Organizers can, with or without providing you a reason, limit their trips to guests of their own choosing. They may remove a guest after paying and before event execution with or without reason. If no valid reason is provided, a full refund should be given.
  • Organizers can, with or without providing you a reason at the time of removal, remove you as an active participant of the group during an event without refund
  • Organizers can, with or without providing you a reason at the time, make the determination that you are unfit to continue with the group. Providing first aid or coordinating a rescue or exit strategy for you is at the sole discretion of the Organizer

Unless otherwise noted in the event description: This event will start promptly at the time noted on the trip page at the top. Organizers will not wait around beyond this time for any last minute stragglers. Please note Organizers may not always be in cell phone range the day or days before the hike due to the remoteness of many of our destinations so, if you are running late, you can't reach the EO by voice or email response, expect they they DIDN'T get your message and that the group will start the trip as scheduled without you.

The Organizer of this trip reserves the right at its sole discretion to remove a guest's RSVPs without refund of any monies for conducting activities either on this site, in pre trip communications and activities or on trips themselves that violate the terms of this document or of an illegal, unsafe or unsound practice. This also includes but is not limited to discrimination of any kind, harassment, stalking, violence or threats of violence, unwelcome sexual advances or over aggressiveness of a sexual nature, getting overly inebriated and unsafe and unsound, profane and/or unbearably obnoxious behavior, any type of environmentally insensitive or destructive behavior at all, blatant unwillingness to work or contribute in a group setting in the field, mutiny or mustering up a mutiny among other guests, etc.

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