Full Moon Hike in Mariposa Grove

Full Moon Hike in Mariposa Grove

Experience Mariposa Grove’s magic under the full moon on this guided evening adventure with an expert naturalist.
December 22, 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 evening adventure, you’ll get to experience winter in the grove under the light of a full moon, in the company of an expert naturalist. At night, you and your small group of fellow adventurers will have the grove to yourselves. 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 moonlit canopy, and listen for the owls that hunt and live 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 (Saturday, Dec. 22, 5 pm–11 pm).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Snowshoe rental (as needed).
  • Two nights of shared camping (as needed, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22) 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. 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.