Day Hike through Spring Canyon Wildflowers

Explore spring wildflowers in Merced Canyon on a guided Yosemite hike with expert naturalists.
March 26, 2017

Celebrate spring in Yosemite Valley! See brilliant wildflowers in bloom along the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite Valley. Poppies light up the slopes with orange glow and lupines add a vibrant blue. Veteran naturalist guide and well-known Yosemite expert Michael Ross will lead you on a hike through classic Sierra Nevada spring colors. Take less-traveled routes to view vibrant flower displays and explore floral ecology, learn to identify diverse plant species,  and revel in the sumptuous natural palette on display as you stroll along the beautiful Merced River.

Did you know that Conservancy donors help protect Yosemite’s natural ecosystems through current and past grants to restore native plants, study rare flora and more? Take a sneak peek at the majesty that will be on display in the video Yosemite Nature Notes: Wildflowers.

Included with your registration:

  • Full-day guided hike in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite Valley starting at 9 am, lasting about eight hours.
  • Park entry (as needed)
  • Two nights of camping (as needed, March 25 and March 26) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.
  • 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. 


Experience Level: Any
Hiking: Moderate; about four miles total, including off-trail sections and some steep slopes
Elevation: 1,800 feet
Registration Price: $99
Naturalist Guide: Michael Ross
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Micheal Elsohn Ross, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Michael Elsohn Ross

Michael Elsohn Ross has led Outdoor and Custom Adventures for Yosemite Conservancy since 1977. He is the award-winning author of 42 books for young people including “Baby Bear Isn't Hungry”, “The Happy Camper Handbook”, “The World of Small”, and “Snug as a Bug”. He teaches children’s book writing workshops and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the world. Michael is passionate about sharing Yosemite’s diversity to newcomers and long-time park enthusiasts. He lives with his family near the park in a home overlooking the Merced River.