Yosemite National Park - Hiking & Lodge Camping - August 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 8:00 AM (EDT)
Yosemite National Park
Hiking & Lodge Camping
Dynamic Outdoors National Park Series
Tuesday, August 18 - Sunday, August 23
Achieve the ultimate Yosemite hike - Half Dome
Hike 4 of the most popular hikes in Yosemite and Redwood
Accommodations inside the park with stunning views (2nights)
Deluxe house accommodations with Jacuzzi (2 nights)
Optional activities to choose from (rock climbing, biking, or horseback riding)
Tuesday, August 18: Fly from LGA to San Francisco, CA and arrive in the evening
Transfer by van to Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, August 19: Hike the Glacial Point and Panorama 8mile loop
Thursday, August 20: Hike the Cathedral Lakes 7.5miles
Friday, August 21: Hike The Ultimate Half Dome (14miles) or Optional Activity Day #1 (Horseback riding, biking, or rock climbing)
Saturday, August 22: Light hike through the Giant Sequoia (redwood) trees or Optional Activity #2 (Horseback riding, biking, or rock climbing)
- ALL Air and Ground Transportation
- Accommodations inside the park
- All Breakfasts prepared
- Park Entrance Fees
- 1 BBQ Dinner
- All Optional Activities: Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing
- Lunch and Dinners
$1,095 - make deposit by June 17
$1,195 - make deposit by June 30
$1,295 - make deposit by July 14 - if spots still available
To make your $400 deposit and hold your spot...
Questions / RSVP: Teresa@dynamicoutdoors.com
2 nights Tent Cabins
2 nights Luxury Cabins
Tuesday, August 18
Departure: 5:30pm Flight from Newark to San Francisco
9:03pm: Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to the western entrance of Yosemite National Park (YNP)
Upon arrival, we will settle into our cabins inside the park
Dinner on the road
Overnight Tent Cabins
Wednesday, August 19: Glacier Point-Panorama Loop (9miles)
This hike is a moderate-difficult combination of two of the best hikes in Yosemite with a 3200ft 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 2000ft. as you begin to first catch a glimpse of Half Dome.
We will then catch 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.
We will drive back to our camp for dinner.
Overnight Tent Cabins
Thursday, August 20: Cathedral Lakes Hike (8miles)
This hike is a moderate hike with only a 1000ft elevation change. This trail will lead us to the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes. Lower Cathedral Lake is among the most impressive of Yosemite's 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 Luxury Cabins
Friday, August 21: The Famous Half Dome (14miles)
The Half Dome starts out at the Mist Trail. 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
Saturday, August 22: Giant Redwood Trees Light Hike
These trees are considered some of the largest living things on the planet, towering over 300 feet with 40 feet in diameter tree trunks!
Take a 4-mile roundtrip hike to the grove, or stay and relax under the pines.
In the late afternoon we will drive to the airport to catch our 10pm flight, having dinner on the road.
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.
View of Half Dome
Cathedral Peak & Lake
2 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!
Direct Air Service by Continental Airlines:
Tue 18AUG09 - CO 348 - NEWARK/NY LIBERTY 5:30PM SAN FRANCISCO 9:03PM 737-800
Sat 22AUG09 - CO 1829 - SAN FRANCISCO 10:05PM NEWARK/NY LIBERTY 6:19AM 757-300
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 won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
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When & Where
We are an energetic and friendly club dedicated to offering the best outdoor adventures. All of our events are designed to ensure that everyone is involved and has a great time. Whether it is hiking in a lush forest, canoeing down a crystal clear river or galloping on horseback along the sandy beaches, we offer a personalized approach so that you gain the most out of each trip. Our goal is to provide a simple, convenient way to escape the concrete jungle for a day of fresh air, fantastic views and memorable interaction with other like minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors.