4 Day Sierra Nevada Tour of Yosemite and Tahoe from San Francisco

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The ultimate Sierra Mountain adventure! Spend 4 FULL DAYS hiking & exploring some of the lesser-traveled areas of Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Lake Tahoe, with hotel accommodations included! Visit Bodie Ghost Town, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias, and more on this epic tour from San Francisco.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 San Francisco To Yosemite National Park

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

You'll goodbye to San Francisco, and hello to California’s famous Gold Rush Country, as we head high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Once we reach Yosemite National Park and the drop-off location, you’ll have 4 hours of free time to explore this natural playground. Experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You’ll have options to meander or bike down paved paths, hike the trails, engage further with the park’s history at the visitor center, or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. Just a few hours in the park will show you why the iconic landscapes have been the inspiration for countless artists and photographers dating back to John Muir’s first expeditions in the late 1800s. After a full day of traipsing around the park, we’ll head to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day.

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: Yosemite Falls

During your free time to explore Yosemite Valley, you can choose to take a hike or walk around the base of Yosemite Falls to take in its beauty.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Ansel Adams Gallery

During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.

Duration: 5 minutes

Day 2 Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes, CA

Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Put on your hiking boots and embark on the 2.5 mile (4 km) round trip hike down to the Sequoia Grove. These giants measure up to 300 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and older than one thousand years.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Tioga Pass

Next up, you’ll ascend to almost 10,000 Feet (3000+ meters), traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and weaving your way through Tuolumne Meadows before descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Mammoth Lakes

descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. After descending the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. You'll make your way to beautiful Mammoth Lakes. You’ll have some time to explore before hitting the hay. With a hint at its prehistoric past, the name is quite fitting… the size of the mountains, the number of lakes, and the expanse of the valleys. Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride up to 11,053 ft (3368 meters) and check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. Explore the geologic, natural, and human history of Mammoth and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 3 Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area and Bodie Ghost Town

Stop At: Devils Postpile National Monument

You'll start the day with a hike through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Named in honor of the famed nature photographer and conservationist, this area is a truly beautiful a preserved treasure. Here you'll find both unusual and beautiful natural sites including the rare dark basalt columns at Devil’s Postpile National Monument and the gorgeous Rainbow Falls, the highest waterfall on the Middle fork of the San Joaquin river.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Bodie State Historic Park

After a quick lunch, we’ll set our course for the world-famous glittering waters of Lake Tahoe. We’ll follow a historic route that runs into a bit of California’s Gold Rush history, where we’ll make a stop to check out the remote landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town which was been abandoned since the early 1900s.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lake Tahoe Area

We’ll arrive in South Lake Tahoe in time to end your adventure-filled day with sunset on an optional boat cruise or you can try your luck at blackjack, or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah’s or one of other famous casinos in town.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 4 Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

Stop At: Lake Tahoe Area

As you take in the crisp morning air, your guide will facilitate a personalized adventure schedule! Get up close and personal with Lake Tahoe, the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard. Rent a bike to trundle the paths along the lake’s gorgeous sandy shores. If you would prefer more of a bird’s eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take the 2.4 mile gondola ride up to Heavenly Mountain resort where you can hike, go tubing, or explore the zipline or ropes course. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on a short hike with the expert direction of your guide.

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: San Francisco

We’ll wave goodbye to this natural playground as leave Lake Tahoe behind. On our way back to the city by the bay, we’ll pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento, following the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest. We’ll deliver you back to San Francisco in time for dinner.

Duration: 4 hour
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