Merced River Canyon Wildflower Hike

Merced River Canyon Wildflower Hike

Guided day hike in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite Valley.
March 31, 2019

Celebrate the start of spring in Yosemite! Join a naturalist guide for a day hike in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite Valley. As you enjoy a stroll beside the snowmelt-fed river, you’ll explore Sierra Nevada ecology, and look for orange poppies, vibrant blue lupines and other early spring wildflowers. Along the way, you’ll learn how to use mobile apps to identify different plant and animal species, and share your observations with a growing community of digitally connected citizen scientists. By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to take your new knowledge — and handy apps — on your own naturalist explorations!

Included with your registration:

  • Full-day guided hike in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite Valley (starting at 9 am in El Portal, lasting about eight hours).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Saturday, March 30, and departs Monday, April 1) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

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 program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 4–5 miles.
Elevation: 2,000 feet.
Registration Price: $99
View a suggested day hike packing list.
Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff grew up in California’s San Diego County, where the suburban canyons, ocean shore and low-lying mountains to the east shaped his love for wild spaces. He developed a passion for science and conservation as a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, and has spent several years working as a National Park Service ranger-naturalist in Yosemite. As a naturalist and guide, Kaleb seeks to help people connect to the outdoors through art and science, whether through bird and botany walks or watercolor and poetry workshops. His love of art and nature is also etched into his personal hobbies, which include banjo-playing, rock-climbing, gardening, surfing and traveling.