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Experience Level

Intermediate

Hiking

6-7 miles/day

Elevation

5,000 feet

Registration Fee

$249

Program Overview: Dive into the botanical beauty of northwestern Yosemite during a two-day guided program with a knowledgeable naturalist guide. In this lesser-known (and underrated!) area of the park, you’ll learn about wildflowers and wetlands, AKA meadow hydrology and ecology.

Your guide will point out spring blooms along the edges of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and help you identify diverse plants, from tall trees to colorful wildflowers to water-loving grasses. You’ll also explore the important role wetlands play in natural landscapes, and hear from Yosemite National Park Hydrologist Catherine Fong who will join the group on Friday, May 19 in Ackerson Meadow. Fong is leading efforts to restore the area to its former glory as a healthy meadow ecosystem and biodiversity hotspot. She will share the latest research and conservation efforts amid the ongoing restoration of this important meadow habitat.

Know Before You Go:

  • Program dates: Friday, May 19 through Saturday, May 20, 8am-4pm each day
  • Program location: Hetch Hetchy
  • What’s included: Two full days of guided instruction by a Yosemite Naturalist, one free day to explore on your own, park entry (as needed), and shared tent camping (camping dates cannot be altered). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Camping dates: Participants can arrive on May 18 after 12pm and must depart May 22 by 11am. This is a walk in Group Site, parking is a short walk away. We guarantee tent camping only. Sleeping in recreational vehicles is not permited. Please be prepared to tent camp. Multiple picnic tables, bear lockers and fire pits are available.
  • Campground Location: Hetch Hetchy Lodging: Upgrade to Evergreen Lodge for an additional fee. Lodging dates match camping dates. Lodging blocks expire 30 days prior to the program. Details on using our Group Code to book lodging will be emailed to you immediately after you register.
  • Experience level: All levels welcome, but participants must be physically fit to walk with a daypack.

What’s not included:

  • Gear or meals during your program.
  • Camping gear or meals in the shared campsites.
  • Transportation.

View a suggested packing list.