The following description is meant as a guide to help you decide which trip most suits your desires and abilities. These descriptions are not intended as comprehensive itineraries and are subject to change.
Your eyes will be sorer than your legs as you stroll through this famous park and survey the marvelous wonders that surround you. From your base in Yosemite Valley, you can venture out onto a network of trails that will satisfy both ambitious hikers and those you enjoy a more leisurely pace. You may also bike along the valley trails, float down the Merced River to cool off and enjoy hikes to the base of waterfalls.
In the evening, you will retire to your tent cabin, a unique hybrid of tent camping and a rustic cabin experience. All tent cabins have electric lighting and beds to throw your sleeping bag on. Flush toilets, hot showers and basic goods are available at stores and restaurants. You will prepare hot meals on the banks of the Merced River. This trip is an outstanding opportunity for students who want to access world-famous natural wonders without committing to a full backcountry experience.
Community Engagement Component
Past Yosemite OA trips have worked with the Volunteer Program in the National Park. This has included removal of non-native species of plants allowing for natural plant life to grow, which is much less susceptible to fire danger. This helps protect not only the plants and animals of the area but also the local communities’ homes and businesses. This is a great way to see the park with a volunteer ranger right next to you during the service project portion.