Yosemite Day Hikes: Life Above the Tree Line

Yosemite Day Hikes: Life Above the Tree Line

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 2, 2019 to August 4, 2019

Enjoy a respite from the summer heat during a series of three guided day hikes off Tioga Road, in eastern Yosemite. Your naturalist guide will lead your group to a different high-elevation destination each day: Hike along the John Muir Trail on Friday, explore the Gaylor Lakes basin on Saturday, and discover the historic mining town of Bennettville on Sunday.

On every hike, you’ll get to enjoy spectacular scenery, while learning about the plants and animals that live near and above the tree line. No matter how much time you’ve spent in the park, you’ll end the weekend with a new understanding of Yosemite’s biodiverse, interconnected alpine and subalpine ecosystems — and a deep appreciation for summer days in the high country.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full-day hikes Friday, August 2, to Sunday, August 4, starting at 8:30 am until about 4 pm, each day, ending a little earlier on Sunday.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Four nights of shared camping (as needed, arriving Thursday, August 1, and departing Monday, August 5) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Intermediate. Participants must be physically fit and have experience at hiking at high elevation.
Hiking: Moderate. 6–7 miles per day.
Elevation Range: 8,600 feet–10,500 feet.
Registration price: $229
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Dan Webster

Dan Webster

Dan's first wilderness job in California was as a forest fire fighter. He now teaches about the role played by fire in forest ecology. These days, he is a Sierra Nevada-based naturalist, birder, hiker, and father of two boys who love being outside. In addition to enjoying and interpreting the wonders of Yosemite, Dan was the director of a summer camp in Western Maine where he led wilderness trips for 23 years. Dan's motto is, "Any day in the mountains is a good day." His guided tours weave together science, wonder and joy for a deeper appreciation of nature.