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5,600 feet - 6,800 feet

Registration Fee


Winter is a special season in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. With the park’s busy season long over, an extra layer of tranquility descends over the forest. On this guided adventure, you’ll get to experience winter in the grove in the company of an expert naturalist.

Depending on conditions, you’ll snowshoe or hike — either way, you’ll get an intimate look at the ecosystem that supports giant sequoias, the world’s most massive living trees. As you learn about the recent project to restore Mariposa Grove, gaze up at the canopy, and listen for the bird life that lives among the ancient trees, you’ll forge a deep, unique connection with the place that helped inspire the national park idea.

Included with your registration:

  • A full-day guided hike or snowshoe adventure (Saturday, December 14, starting at 9 am and lasting about seven hours).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Snowshoe rental (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (arriving December 13 and departing December 15) at Upper Pines 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 Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 7 miles round-trip.
Elevation Range: 5,600 feet–6,800 feet, 1,200 feet of elevation gain
Registration Price: $99
Enjoy the winter beauty and tranquility of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias with an expert naturalist guide. Photo: Shannon Higgins.