Yosemite Day Hikes: A Weekend in the High Country

A weekend of Yosemite day hikes in the high country introduces visitors to the diverse habitats and stunning scenery of Tuolumne Meadows and Gaylor Lakes on an Outdoor Adventure with Yosemite Conservancy.
August 27, 2016 to August 28, 2016

Spend a summer weekend exploring a serene corner of Yosemite’s high country and one of the most famed locations-Tuolumne Meadows. This package includes two guided day hikes led by expert Yosemite naturalist, Michael Ross who will bring you inside the wild, captivating world of the plants and animals living near the tree line. On Saturday, join Michael Ross for a stroll through the Gaylor Lakes area, where you’ll explore the little-travelled valley that provides a key habitat for pikas, the small, rabbit-like mammals threatened by globally rising temperatures. On Sunday, explore Tuolumne Meadows to get a close look at a meadow ecology.

Did you know Conservancy funding has supported habitat restoration along Tuolumne Meadows’ most popular trails? Learn more about how trail restoration projects are protecting this delicate ecosystem.

These experiences can be purchased together or individually. Follow the links below for more details about each program:

The Experience Package includes park entry (as needed) and camping at Tuolumne Meadows Campground (Aug. 26–29). Camping is not required to participate. Upgrade your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge (Aug. 26–29), Any unused rooms in the room block will be released 45 days before the program. Information about upgrading will be emailed after you sign up. View a suggested packing list

Hiking: moderate hiking at high elevations, 5-6 miles per day
Elevation: 8,600’ –10,550’
Experience Package: $159
Naturalist Guide: Michael Ross
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.