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Experience Level

Moderate

Hiking

6-7 miles

Elevation

5,100-5,800 feet

Registration Fee

$99

Program Overview: Join a Yosemite naturalist for a guided winter experience in one of the world’s natural wonders: the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Depending on conditions, you’ll either hike or snowshoe among the towering trees, experiencing the serene, inspiring setting made even more inviting by winter’s slow pace. As you move below and around the enormous red-brown trunks and gaze up at the sky-scraping branches, you’ll get to look and listen for wildlife that stay active year round, hear the stories behind some of the grove’s most famous trees, and learn how the Sierra Nevada snowpack has helped the giant trees thrive for thousands of years.

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, March 6, 9 am to around 4 pm.
  • Where: Mariposa Grove Registration includes: Guided day program, park entry (as needed), snowshoe rental (as needed), and three nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (March 5, 6 and 7). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass, snowshoes or campsite.
  • Lodging options: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Yosemite Valley Lodge for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

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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 procedures for details.