Day Hike in Mariposa Grove

Day Hike in Mariposa Grove

Experience Mariposa Grove’s magic on this guided adventure with an expert naturalist.
December 23, 2018

Winter is a special season in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. With the park’s busy season long over, an extra layer of tranquility descends over the forest. On this guided adventure, you’ll get to experience winter in the grove in the company of an expert naturalist. Depending on conditions, you’ll snowshoe or hike — either way, you’ll get an intimate look at the ecosystem that supports giant sequoias, the world’s most massive living trees. As you learn about the recent project to restore Mariposa Grove, gaze up at the canopy, and listen for the bird life that lives among the ancient trees, you’ll forge a deep, unique connection with the place that helped inspire the national park idea.


Included with your registration:

  • A full-day guided hike or snowshoe adventure (Sunday, December 23, starting at 9 am and lasting about seven hours).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Snowshoe rental (as needed).
  • One night of shared camping (as needed, December 22) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. (Shared camping is not available on December 23.)
  • Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the start of the program.


Experience Level: Any. No snowshoeing experience required, but participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate; about 7 miles round-trip
Elevation: 5,600' elevation with 1,200' elevation gain
Registration Price: $99
Shirley Spencer, Yosemite Conservancy expert artist instructor

Shirley Spencer

Shirley Spencer is a renowned artist, musician/singer, athlete and educator. She is also the author/illustrator of Yosemite Conservancy’s Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada and co-author (with her husband Mark) of Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs. Since the 1980s, thousands have been lucky enough to explore Yosemite with Shirley and share her infectious affinity for the outdoors.