Map of Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing in Yosemite including United States Of America

See a different side of Yosemite without the crowds from the comfort of your Airstream trailer

Immerse yourself in the silent beauty of Yosemite National Park on a four-day hiking trip during the cooler winter months. At this time of year, there are fewer tourists and local wildlife is more active, making this the perfect holiday for animal lovers. With accommodation provided in your own shiny Airstream trailer each night, there’s no need to rough it on this winter hiking adventure. See the best of Yosemite, including views of Liberty Cap, Grizzly Peak, the Panorama Cliffs, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and Half Dome, on a highlight packed hike. You’ll also have the chance to strap on snowshoes for an epic trip out to Dewey Point which has stellar views of Yosemite Valley. This winter Yosemite small group hiking tour is so cool it’s hot.


Start
Yosemite National Park, United States
Finish
Yosemite National Park, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking, Winter Active
Code
SKXWY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience the beauty of winter at Yosemite when the landscape is draped in a blanket of snow and the silence of this famous national park wraps you in its peaceful embrace.

  • Spend each night at Autocamp Yosemite in your own private Airstream, an American camper trailer that began production in the 1930s and has become a national icon.

  • During winter at Yosemite, there are less tourists and local wildlife is more active, making this the perfect holiday for animal lovers.

  • Keep your eyes open along the trail for the chance to spot bison, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, and more.

  • Tuck into freshly prepared, delicious meals prepared by your leader, including hearty dinners served at a special roof-top grilling area at Autocamp Yosemite.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’. 

  • Yosemite National Park is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. On winter trips, snow is a possibility so you must be fully prepared and follow the recommended clothing list closely.

  • Winter weather can be unpredictable in Yosemite so we may need to make itinerary changes to keep the group safe and well at all times. If this occurs, we will do our best to find comparable activities and experiences.

Itinerary

You’ll meet your hiking guide and group at Autocamp Yosemite and start your winter adventure with a hike to two of Yosemite’s crown jewels, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, along either the John Muir Trail or the Mist Trail, depending on conditions. While many of Yosemite’s hikes are centred on a final destination, today’s 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. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the falls, then rest your legs on the drive back to Autocamp Yosemite where you’ll get settled into your private Airstream trailer then join your group for a delicious dinner prepared by your guide.
Accommodation
  • Airstream Trailer (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yosemite Falls hike
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will meet your guide and rest of the group at Autocamp Yosemite (6323 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345) between 6am and 8am. If you will not have your own vehicle, we can also pick you up at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (inside the Park) or in Mariposa, California.
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and today’s hiking distance is 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) with an elevation gain and loss of 885 metres (2900 feet).
Enjoy an early continental breakfast on the scenic drive into Yosemite’s high country where you’ll head up Glacier Point Road to the winter road closure at Badger Pass, the site of California’s oldest ski area. Here, you’ll strap on snowshoes and begin an epic trip out to Dewey Point with its spectacular views of Yosemite Valley. The route begins on the closed Glacier Point Road and winds through a red fir and lodgepole pine forest where the trees thrive in this cold and snowy environment. It won’t take long before you pass through a series of snow-covered meadows and drop down to Dewey Point and its extraordinary view of Yosemite and the High Sierra. Take time to savour the view then visit Badger Pass Ski Lodge for a steaming cup of hot chocolate before the trip back to your accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Airstream Trailer (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dewey Point Snowshoeing/Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and today’s hiking distance is approximately 11.5 kilometres (7 miles) with an elevation gain and loss of 333 metres (1000 feet).
Today is a special day as you’ll be exploring the hidden highlights of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by a winter wonderland. Enjoy a continental breakfast then set off along parts of the Valley Loop trail to areas rarely seen by the average tourist. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to take in views of Half Dome, El Capitan, the Merced River and Yosemite’s famous waterfalls enhanced with a glittering facade of ice. Either on snowshoes or wearing hiking boots, depending on the conditions, your leader will take you along the trails and tailor your day to make the most of this incredible valley and its winter beauty.
Accommodation
  • Airstream Trailer (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Valley Loop Trail Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and today’s hiking distance and mileage will depend on the group’s interests and fitness level.
On your final day, you’ll pack up and enjoy a hearty breakfast before leaving your cosy accommodation among the pines. However, not before you get to enjoy one last, special treat. Today’s hike will take you up close to Yosemite’s biggest trees – the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. You’ll hike the lower and upper loops, which provide a wonderful morning of hiking, and visit the 2700 year old Grizzly Giant, the 25th largest tree on earth, as well as many other mighty trees. You’ll also enjoy an unparalleled view of the Wawona Valley. After your hike and a final lunch together, your winter adventure in Yosemite will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Yosemite Falls hike
  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and today’s hiking distance is approximately 9.5 kilometres (6 miles) with an elevation gain and loss of 400 metres (1200 feet).
We aim to be back at Autocamp by 5pm today.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Airstream trailer (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Yosemite Falls hike
  • Dewey Point Snowshoeing/Hike
  • Valley Loop Trail Hike
  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Hike

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
6. Please note, your Tour Leader will contact you approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will provide directions to Autocamp and all other necessary details.
7. Early on the morning of day 1 (6-8am), you will meet your guide and rest of the group at Autocamp Yosemite (6323 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345). If you will not have your own vehicle, we can also pick you up at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (inside the Park) or in Mariposa, California. Your trip will finish on a last day at approximately 5pm.
8. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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