DAY 1 Fly to Fresno, CA. Grocery/Supply Shopping. Overnight in Hotel (Quad occupancy)
DAY 2 Enter Sequoia National Park, where you will see the world’s largest living thing, the General Sherman Tree! After a visit to the ranger station, drive along King’s River to the end of the road, where the wilderness begins. Overnight at King’s Canyon developed campground.
DAY 3 Depart for Yosemite National Park, the first protected natural area in the USA. Hike and explore. Overnight in Camp Curry (cabins).
DAY 4 Explore Yosemite Valley. Hike to the base of Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, and the valley loop. Overnight in Camp Curry.
DAY 5 Explore Yosemite Valley. Perhaps we will hike to Vernal Falls or explore a portion of the John Muir Trail. Overnight in Tuolomne Meadows Cabins.
DAY 6 Travel out the east side of the Sierras for a visit to Devil’s Postpile National Monument, a unique geological formation, then soak in a real hot spring along Mono Lake. Overnight in Tuolomne Meadows Cabins.
DAY 7 Pack up your backpacks and prepare for your backcountry experience in Yosemite! Our route will be determined by availability of Wilderness Permits. Intended route will be Tioga Road to Sunrise Lakes.
DAY 8 Backpacking in Yosemite. Intended route will be Sunrise Lakes to Little Yosemite Valley Via Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome.
DAY 9 Backpacking in Yosemite. Arrive back in Yosemite Valley. Overnight in Camp Curry. Intended route will be the John Muir Trail via Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. Overnight in Camp Curry.
DAY 10 Return to civilization! We will finish our camping experience and return to a hotel to clean up for the trip home. Overnight in hotel (Quad occupancy)
Day 11 Fly Home!
You will see:
The world’s largest tree
Yosemite Falls (dropping 2,425 feet making it the world’s highest waterfall!
Yosemite Valley with El Capitan, Half Dome and King’s Canyon
A designated wilderness area including 3 national parks, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and King’s Canyon National Park and Devil’s Postpile National Monument.
This entire route is high elevation. Expect some physical adjustments to be able to hike. Nights will be cool throughout the trip.
Estimated Cost: $1,200 (Youth and Adult)
2 hotel nights (Quad Occupancy)
5 cabin nights (4-6 per cabin)
2 camping nights
2 backcountry nights
Most meals included while in California
Personal Camping/backpacking gear
Lunch en route (airports)
Notes on Itinerary and Fees:
This is a SAMPLE ITINERARY ONLY. Camping locations and itinerary are subject to what the boys will want to do. Through planning this trip, the boys will be given this budget, and learn the process of planning a high adventure trip. This means the itinerary will likely be somewhat different than what is presented here. As with any travel, flexibility is the key to a successful trip!