5 Days/4 Nights
Photo Above: Tenaya Lodge outside of Yosemite National Park
Join us as we explore two of North America’s most beautiful alpine destinations – Yosemite National Park and South Lake Tahoe. Starting from Reno, NV we will spend the first 3 days exploring Yosemite National Park, which includes hiking, sightseeing and wildlife spotting. We will explore the famous Yosemite Valley and enjoy towering waterfalls, granite monoliths, and Giant Sequoia trees. On days 4 and 5 we explore the pristine Lake Tahoe area. This trip is the perfect blend of active hiking mixed with great opportunities to relax in some of the most majestic mountain scenery America has to offer. Click here to learn more about our relaxed booking and travel options.
MountainBased is an authorized Permittee of the National Park Service
Guests who book together will share a king bed. Those who pay the additional solo fee will get a bed for themselves. If you have an odd number of guests in your party please call our 1-800 for further details.
Depart from Downtown Reno, NV after a quick meet and greet with your group. Enjoy unique scenery as we drive south along the California/Nevada border towards the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Today we will introduce you to one of North America’s most incredible places where we’ll view alpine lakes and granite monoliths. After lunch take a moderate, introductory hike to view towering granite domes or Giant Sequoias (World’s most massive trees, also the second tallest trees on the planet). After some time in Yosemite, we will head to our lodge for the evening and have dinner.
Driving time: 4 Hours
Hiking: 3-4 Miles +/- 700 ft.
Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge or similar
This morning we will rise to a hot breakfast before spending a full day in Yosemite. We enter into the park early to attempt a spectacular hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls for fantastic views of the Yosemite Valley. This hike has a little bit of everything as we work our way along the Mist Trail and connect with a short portion of the John Muir Trail. After the hike, we will return to the valley for more adventure or relaxation on the Merced River.
We have another full day available to maximize our adventure in Yosemite National Park. We will attempt to hike at higher elevations for stunning views of the Yosemite Valley or continue our adventures down in the valley depending on seasonality. We’ll be sure to enjoy incredible views of El Capitan and Half Dome in addition to standing beneath one of North America’s Tallest Waterfalls – Yosemite Falls towering at 2,450 feet tall.
This morning, we’ll enjoy a hot breakfast then move onwards to Lake Tahoe. Arriving in late afternoon, we plan to do something active once we arrive! We’ll enjoy a nice scenic dinner in the town of South Lake Tahoe.
Driving time: 4 Hours
Hiking: 3-5 miles +/- 1200 feet elevation gain
Accommodation: Hotel Beckett or similar
Last day of the trip! The benefit of ending the trip in Reno is the fact that we get a full day to truly capitalize on the Lake Tahoe area. We will likely offer an additional hike this morning followed by some optional activities along the lakeshore before beginning our short return drive to Reno, NV.
Driving time: 1.5 hours to Reno
Hiking: Distance/elevations may vary
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This trip is rated Moderate (3). Daily hikes typically range between 2–7 miles in length with elevation gains/losses of up to 1,400'. One hike will take us to the summit of a 10,000-ft peak. Cycling and rafting are suitable for beginners; all gear will be provided. All activities are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness of each prior to setting out.