Secrets of the West Valley

March 30, 2014

Think you know Yosemite Valley? Join us on a journey of new discoveries as we explore the secrets of Yosemite’s lesser-known west end. Most people just drive through this remarkable part of the Valley, but we’ll be among the few who experience its hidden treasures. This excursion will cover five miles on the Valley’s bridle trail, between El Capitan Bridge and Pohono Bridge. From murders and intrigue, to glacial dams and dynamite engineering, there is much cultural and natural history for even veteran park visitors to discover. The excursion meets in Yosemite Valley and will take place from 10 am to 2 pm.

Experience package includes camping March 29–31 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls March 29–31. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. 

Hiking: The trail is partly paved, but has some slight elevation changes and uneven surfaces; snowy conditions could make it more difficult
Elevation: 4,000'
Experience package: $99
Leader: Pete Devine
Guide
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is the now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier since 1998. He’s been a popular seminar instructor and a speaker at numerous conferences, has trained many rangers and naturalists, has served on several nonprofit boards, and in 2009 he was awarded the highest honor given by the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".