Map of Walking in California's Sierra Nevada including United States Of America

A California showcase of spectacular mountains, rivers and lakes

See some of California’s most famous natural wonders and stunning scenery on a 5-day round-trip small group hiking adventure which packs plenty of magical moments into a short space of time. Uncover the natural wonders of San Francisco, before you travel to Yosemite National Park to marvel at waterfalls and giant sequoias, spend the night at Lake Tahoe, and see both Echo Lakes. With easy to moderate walks, comfortable accommodation, and a knowledgeable leader, this hiking adventure is big on beauty.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Francisco, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SIXS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • See a different side of San Francisco on the Lands End Trail which offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean and rocky California coast.

  • Stroll through The Tunnel Tree, a giant sequoia in Yosemite National Park which is so large the trail had to be cut through the centre of it.

  • See Vernal Fall on The Mist Trail, one of Yosemite's signature hikes which has more spectacular views than you can point a camera at.

  • Hike along the shores of Upper and Lower Echo Lakes which are the gateway to the spectacular Desolation Wilderness area.

  • Breathe in the fresh scent of pine and aspen trees as you take in the views of Mount Morrison and Laurel Mountain on a scenic walk around Convict Lake.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations 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’.

  • The Sierra Nevada Range boasts warm summers but be prepared for colder evenings and possibly rainy days. Good clothing and appropriate footwear are a must.

  • On our final day we will reach San Francisco at around 5 pm. This night’s accommodation is not included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

Itinerary

Welcome to San Francisco! Your tour starts at 12 noon with a group meeting followed by your first walk of the trip, an easy hike along the Lands End Trail. Have your camera handy as you enjoy superb views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean and the wild and rocky California coast which stretches almost 50 kilometres into the distance. After the hike, return to your San Francisco hotel where you’ll have time to freshen up before taking an interesting walk to our restaurant in San Francisco's famous Chinatown, the biggest of its kind outside of Asia.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lands End hike
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 12 noon as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Your walking distance today is approximately 5.5 km.
After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. It won't be long before you arrive at World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park, one of California’s most incredible natural wonderlands. Millions of visitors come here each year to see Yosemite’s granite cliffs, pine-studded valleys and thundering waterfalls such as Vernal Fall which you’ll be visiting today. The Mist Trail is Yosemite's signature hike and offers the chance to revel in the beauty of these spectacular falls as they bathe your face in a cooling mist. If you would prefer to skip the last few hundred metres of the trail which are quite steep, you can still enjoy great views of Vernal Fall from the bridge downstream.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mist trail to top of Vernal Falls hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 4 hours and your walking distance is just under 5 km.
Today you get to enjoy not one but two magnificent hikes in the Yosemite High Country. After breakfast, walk the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias trail where you can stroll right through the middle of The Tunnel Tree and admire dozens of mature sequoia trees which tower more than 100 metres above the trail. This afternoon, the Pothole Dome and Tuolumne River trail awaits. This 4 km hike is easy on the legs and even easier on the eye with superb views of Tenaya Lake, the Tuolumne Meadows, Pothole Dome and the tumbling cascades of the Tuolumne River. You'll also have time to explore Mammoth Lakes before you bed down for a good night's rest in a comfortable lodge.
Accommodation
  • Inn (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tuolumne Grove hike
  • Pothole Dome hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total walking distance today is approximately 8 km.
After breakfast, take a walk around Convict Lake on an easy 3 km trail which follows the lake edge. Breathe in the fresh scent of pine and aspen trees as you take in the views of Mount Morrison and Laurel Mountain on this easy scenic walk. This afternoon, head out on the South Tufa Nature Trail. It's a short hike to a viewpoint of the iconic and strange yet beautiful Tufa formations of Mono Lake. Then sit back and enjoy the scenery. The drive to Lake Tahoe on Highway 395 is breathtaking, with fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada the whole way. Upon arrival check into your hotel at Lake Tahoe. Make sure you set aside some time to watch the spectacular sunset over the lake, or perhaps head out for some nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Convict Lake Loop hike
  • Mono Lake South Tufas hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours and your walking distance is from 5 km to 8 km depending on the length of the walk at Mono Lake.
For the final walk of the trip, you’ll hike along the shores of Upper and Lower Echo Lakes which are the gateway to the spectacular Desolation Wilderness area. The 8.5 km Echo Lakes trail offers superb views of these two crystal clear lakes and mountains which provide the perfect backdrop for a classic holiday photo of your Sierra Nevada hiking adventure. On the way back to San Francisco, you will pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento, following the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest. Your tour ends in San Francisco at approximately 5pm with a hotel drop off.
Included Activities
  • Echo Lakes Trail hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time is around 4 hours and your total walking distance is approximately 8.5 kms.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

On foot, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (1 nights), Inn (1 night)

Included activities

  • Lands End hike
  • Mist trail to top of Vernal Falls hike
  • Tuolumne Grove hike
  • Pothole Dome hike
  • Convict Lake Loop hike
  • Mono Lake South Tufas hike
  • Echo Lakes Trail hike

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 12 noon and further activities on Day 1. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. On the final day you are expected to arrive back into San Francisco around 5pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.

There is no accommodation included on the last day in San Francisco, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.

A single supplement is available for this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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