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Experience Level

Easy

Hiking

4-5 miles

Elevation

4,000 feet.

Registration Fee

$99

Program Overview: Celebrate the spring equinox in Yosemite! Depending on snow levels, your group will either hike or snowshoe along the Valley Loop Trail, sticking to a relaxed pace that will allow plenty of time to observe your surroundings. As you enjoy the fresh air and incredible views, your guide will help you pick up on signs of the shifting seasons and learn about some of the animals and plants that have adapted to the Sierra Nevada’s tough winters.

Early spring conditions in Yosemite can vary widely — depending on the year, you might find snow-covered trails, or you might see deer grazing in meadows. No matter the conditions, it’s a beautiful, quiet season in the park!

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, March 20, 9 am to around 3 pm.
  • Where: Yosemite Valley
  • Registration includes: Guided day program, park entry (as needed), snowshoe rental (as needed), and two nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (March 19 and 20). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass, snowshoes or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included, dates cannot be adjusted). No additional lodging options have been arranged for this program, but guests are welcome to find their own alternate accommodations if desired.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

View a suggested packing list.

COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 program procedures for details.