Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Saturday, July 7, 2018
Yosemite is known the world over as an incomparable natural wonder with its 3000' granite walls, leaping waterfalls and abundant trails. It offers world class vistas of mountains, canyons, meadows and rivers with extraordinary variations of color, shading and shadows as the sun moves across the horizon. Join AMC as we explore the High Sierra, Yosemite Valley and the incomparable falls of Yosemite - the legendary landmarks in one of our grandest national parks. Stay at a historic hotel and Sierra Camp for a well-rounded experience. Daily hikes are all Intermediate Level: Length 6 -10 miles, with elevation gains of up to 2,500 ft. We expect to be on the trail about five to seven hours each day. We hike at a moderate pace and maintain a slower but steady pace on grades. Participants should have strength and endurance demonstrated by recent and regular mountain hiking experience. June is one of the best months to visit Yosemite. The waterfalls will be abundant and the scenery is fantastic, and we will be there just before and during the July 4th holiday. Frequently seen wildlife includes mule deer, big horn sheep, coyotes, beaver, black bears, fox, and marmots along with Peregrine falcons, owls, dippers and blue grouse. The elevation range of our activities will be 4,000' to 13,000'. Most of the time we are above the tree line with sweeping 360 degree views. Rain is unusual. Temperatures range from cool to hot so must be prepared for a variety of temperatures. It's a busy place, but well-ordered. We will dine primarily at the cafeterias and delis which offer a wide variety of food. The sprawling valley floor and village includes a visitor center, shopping, a pizza place, coffee bar, grocery store, sandwich shop, outdoor equipment shop and an amphitheater with evening programs. Frequent shuttles stop at Valley trailheads and other popular destinations.