Yosemite’s Stage Coach Roads: Wawona and Big Oak Flat

Yosemite’s Stage Coach Roads: Wawona and Big Oak Flat

Travel back in time to explore Yosemite’s early years as a national park.
March 29, 2019

What was it like to visit Yosemite more than 100 years ago? Find out on this history-themed day in the park!

Long before automobiles were formally allowed in Yosemite, in 1913, visitors used stage coaches to visit the park and see the famous sights. During this full-day guided adventure, you’ll travel back in time to discover the fascinating history behind the park’s early stage coach roads. As you explore western Yosemite Valley with an expert naturalist guide, you’ll step inside the stories of Chinese immigrants who helped build the roads, of the tourists who traveled from near and far to see Yosemite’s renowned landscape, and of the stage coach drivers who had to navigate the winding, steep and, sometimes, risky routes.

Included with your registration:

  • One full day of guided hiking and learning in Yosemite Valley’s west end (Friday, March 29, 9 am through 4 pm).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Thursday, March 28, and departs Saturday, March 30) 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 start of the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 4–5 miles.
Elevation: 4,000 feet.
Registration Price: $99
View a suggested day hike packing list.
Dick Ewart, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Dick Ewart

Dick Ewart a veteran hiker and skier, has been a ranger-naturalist in Yosemite for over thirty years. He has hiked most of the park’s 800 miles of trails. His BA degree in biol­ogy is from the University of New Hampshire and his New England accent is as strong as ever. Dick spends his summers presenting naturalist programs at Glacier Point, and his winters leading snowshoe hikes at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.