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Dear Redwoods Guests,

We consider you part of our The Redwoods family and your safety remains our highest priority. We are in the business of serving guests and in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak it is important that we give you flexibility when planning your stay in Yosemite National Park with us. It is equally important that we give you as much information as possible about the our procedures in order to maintain a sanitary environment when we reopen, and minimize risk of disease exposure.

So today, I wanted to personally reach out and share the important steps we are taking for you, our customers, at The Redwoods In Yosemite. Our new guidelines are focused on increased sanitation, hygiene, social distancing, employee and guest safety, and are in full accordance with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published industry standards and guidance. 

Your Travel Plans at The Redwoods 

We continue our commitment to provide all Redwoods guests with flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances we are making additional adjustments to our individual booking policies to give you extra peace of mind:

If you need to adjust any reservations please contact the The Redwoods Reservations team at 888-225-6666. If you need to adjust reservations made through another travel site (Airbnb, VRBO/Homeaway, Booking.com, Expedia, etc.) please contact them for assistance.

Guest and Employee Safety at The Redwoods

The Redwoods In Yosemite is implementing all, applicable to our business, measures and guidelines as prescribed by the State of California Governor’s Office, Mariposa County Public Health officials, the CDC, and other state, federal and local authorities. All of our employees are continuously trained to adhere to our evolving Covid-19 risk minimization policies.

What to expect when entering Yosemite National Park after reopening? (Draft Plan ONLY!!!)

Covid19 WARNING!

Though The Redwoods In Yosemite has taken enhanced health and safety measures for our guests and employees an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists when staying in any vacation rental.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By staying in one of our cabins you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Please follow these important CDC guidelines:

How to Protect Yourself  & Others

Know how it spreads:

Everyone Should:

Wash your hands often!

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Cover coughs and sneezes

Clean and disinfect

Monitor Your Health

Let’s keep each other healthy and safe!

We will continue to update this page and our social media throughout these “new normal” times and as the situation develops. We believe that the much anticipated Yosemite National Park reopening will provide a safer way for visitors to enjoy the park and therefore we reserve our rights to amend our policies as required by the local park and county authorities, to ensure visitor & staff safety and coronavirus exposure risk minimization.

We will see you soon and don’t forget to reach out to us at 888-225-6666 or info@redwoodsinyosemite.com if you have questions.

Best regards,

Christian Mueller,  General Manager

 

Updated: 5.29.2020

Dear Redwoods Guests,

 

As of March 20, 2020 at 3PM Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted to Yosemite National Park.

Please read the full Yosemite National Park Service Message here.

 

At The Redwoods we have postponed, rescheduled or cancelled all group events taking place at The Redwoods in the next 21 days.

All Redwoods staff are instructed for compliance with the above mentioned guidelines and park restrictions.

Regarding Your Travel Plans at The Redwoods

We commit to providing all Redwoods guests with flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances we are making additional adjustments to our individual booking policies to give you extra peace of mind:

 

 

 

If you need to adjust any reservations please contact the The Redwoods Reservations team at 209-375-6666. If you need to adjust reservations made through another travel site (Airbnb, VRBO/Homeaway, Booking.com, Expedia, etc.) please contact them for assistance.

Per Mariposa County Public Health:

This is a perfect time to follow guidelines to protect both ourselves and others, especially those most at risk, such as older adults and people with medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. 

Take action and practice good prevention steps:

 

 

The Redwoods In Yosemite will continue to closely monitor developments and respond appropriately.

Sincerely,

Christian Mueller

General Manager

If you’re thinking about visiting Yosemite, an autumn trip can be a great idea. There’s still a lot to see during the autumn season, and for those who can’t get away in the summer or don’t like the summer traffic, planning a fall trip might be the best option. In general, lots of people are planning natural outings for fall, when temperate climates have just begun to shrug off the summer heat. It’s a magical time – so why not go to Yosemite and see some of the grandest American scenery in the country, carefully curated by National Parks and other stakeholders

Off-Peak Season

During the fall season, the Yosemite experience is different. You’ll sense a chill in the air – (for those used to more southerly climates, there will be an extra chill in the air) – and some of the waterways might not be as active as they were in the spring and summer months. Some areas of the park will be closed, but there’s still a lot to see and enjoy.

Fall Foliage

Just because many parts of our natural areas are filled with evergreens doesn’t mean you won’t see beautiful fall foliage in Yosemite. Some of the videos on various websites online show the beautiful golds, reds, and other hues of deciduous leaves through October and into November

Tour Yosemite Valley

Although some of the upper trails may be closed as winter approaches, Yosemite Valley is open all year round, and it’s an amazing scenic part of the local area.

Visitors often describe the gigantic rock formations of the Valley surroundings as “sculpted” – and for those who are used to the hill country, this is quite a grand and impressive panorama. Enjoy walking the valley forests and staring up at the formidable terrain of ancient glacial deposits with a lot more open parking and elbow room!

At The Redwoods in Yosemite, we have your lodging options available including camper cabins, comfortable homes, and amenities to help you enjoy nearby areas like Wawona Loop and other most popular trailheads or scenic areas that draw so many visitors all year.

Take a look at our specials online for the fall season, and think about how these nature-adjacent lodging options can help you get closer to the somber beauty of Yosemite in the fall. You can use our online promotional codes to book at discount prices. Call with any questions – we’ll be excited to help you to plan your trip. Come see the beauty of Yosemite in a relaxing and convenient setting.

Staying active is the key component to living a long and healthy life. Finding the right outdoor activities will require you to invest some time and effort in research. If you love the outdoors and getting plenty of cardio exercise, then hiking may be a good activity. Each year, over 42 million people go on hikes in the United States.

If you are looking for some breathtaking scenery to take a hike through, then you need to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park. There are tons of great hiking trails here but you will need to prepare before you head off down the trail. If you are hiking during the winter months, then you need to consider the following tips to ensure you have a good experience.

Check Weather Conditions Before You Start Hiking

Trying to have a great hiking experience without proper planning is an impossible feat. This is why you need to work in the months leading up to your hike in Yosemite to make a great plan of attack. Not only will you need to figure out what trail you are going to be hiking on, you will also need to get an idea of what the weather will be like.

Ideally, you want to choose a day that has plenty of sunlight to go on a hike. Since it gets darker much earlier during this time of year, you will have to time your hike perfectly. Ignoring the need for a check of the weather will only lead to problems during your hike. Knowing if and when rain is moving into the area is vital when trying to avoid getting stuck outside during bad weather. Luckily, there are a number of websites and mobile apps that can provide you with the weather-related information you are seeking.

Be Sure to Dress For the Occasion

When planning out your hiking trip through Yosemite, you need to dress for the experience. Trying to wear tennis shoes and shorts on a winter hike can be disastrous. This is why you need to focus on getting some comfortable shoes with plenty of grip and warm clothing. As the day unfolds, the temperatures outside will start to rise. This is why dressing in layers is a good idea.

If you have a shirt made of a breathable material under a heavy jacket, it will be easy to stay comfortable. The money you spend on new hiking clothing will be worth it in the long run.

Bring Along Plenty of Drinks and Healthy Snacks

If you are planning a longer hike through Yosemite, you are sure to get hungry and thirsty. Packing plenty of water and some healthy snacks can help you have an enjoyable hike. Most hikers enjoy things like protein bars because they are lightweight and provide vital nutrients.

Planning on Visiting Yosemite?

If you are planning on visiting Yosemite Nation Park in the near future, reach out to the team at The Redwoods in Yosemite. We have all of the accommodations you need to enjoy your trip to this iconic park.

Spring in Yosemite, what it is like?

The snow has melted in nearly all of the lower elevation places, the rivers and streams are rushing, the baby animals are strolling, the flowers are in full bloom, and the mountains are calling. What better way to see the natural beauty of Yosemite than by taking a hike during this exciting time? Whether you are looking for a short and sweet hike through the meadow, along the river, or crave a more strenuous hike to visit a raging waterfall, Wawona has you covered.

 

  1. Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail 

 

The Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail is a short and mostly flat .75 miles (1.2. km) round-trip hike to the swinging bridge which takes you across the scenic and wild South Fork of the Merced River. It’s beautiful, serene, and the bridge does truly swing. In addition to enjoying the wildflowers, in summer, you can also swim in the river down below, which is not nearly as busy as other water holes and beach spots in Yosemite Valley for example. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to also check out the Pioneer History Center for fun Yosemite history. 

 

  1. Wawona Meadow Loop

 

The Wawona Meadow Loop is a relatively flat 3.5 (5.6 km) loop trail that starts at the Big Trees Lodge. Formerly known as the Wawona Hotel, this is one of California’s oldest hotels that has been operating since 1879. This is the only bike and leashed pet-friendly trail in the area, so bring Fido along. It’s also home to various wildflower species, and now is the perfect time to see them! 

 

  1. Chilnualna Falls 

 

This is a strenuous 8.2 mile (13.1 km) hike, with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet (732 m) that leads you to one of the tallest waterfalls in the park via a series of switchbacks. It begins two miles from the Chilnualna Falls Road, in the Chilnualna Falls parking area. This hike is made up of three cascades, including some smaller ones at the bottom. It’s not heavily trafficked, so you will likely get most of it to yourself. You get bonus points in the summer for dipping in some of the secluded swim holes along this trail. 

     4. Mariposa Grove Hikes

Mariposa Grove has finally opened for the season! This area is home to wonderful trails winding through some of the world’s oldest trees, including the 1,800-year-old Grizzly Giant. Keep in mind that visitors must park in the south entrance, which is two miles away from the grove. The shuttle busses pick up visitors every 10-20 minutes. Visitors with disability placards can drive to the Grizzly Giant parking area rather than take the shuttle in. Here are a few great hikes within Mariposa Grove:

 

This is a very short and easy 0.3 miles (0.4 km) loop trail, that is wheelchair accessible, leading you to the Fallen Monarch tree. 

This is a 2 mile (3.2 km) mile loop trail that’s rated as moderate, with a 300 (91m) elevation gain. In addition to the Grizzly, you will pass other famous trees in the lower grove like the Fallen Monarch, Bachelor, Three Graces, and the California Tunnel Tree. 

This is a 6.5 mile (10.5 km) strenuous loop trail, with an elevation gain of 1000 ft (305 m). In addition to passing by Grizzly Giant Loop trees, the trail passes by some notable spots in the upper grove like the  Telescope Tree, the fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree and the Mariposa Grove Cabin. 

This is another somewhat strenuous hike that’s 7.0 miles (11.3 km) in total, with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet (366 m). In addition to the Grizzly Giant Loop trees, you pass by portions of the upper grove, including famous sequoias like Three Graces, the Gaintful Coupole, the Bachelor and the Clothespin Tree. This also leads you to the historic Wawona Point (6,800 ft.)  that has a beautiful overlook with a panoramic view. 

Looking for a cabin near the hikes? Check out our Current Specials!

All of our 120 Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in historic Wawona, near the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation homes border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Come on up! Relax. Explore. Escape!

Text credit: Christina Kantzavelos, BuenQamino

Getting married is something over 2.4 million Americans do on an annual basis. If you are like most people, making sure your wedding is both appealing and memorable is something you are adamant about. One of the first things you need to decide when planning a wedding is where you will have the ceremony.

If you and your soulmate love the beauty of nature, then getting married in Yosemite is a great idea. While having a wedding here can be beautiful, it will also require a lot of planning. Failing to plan out every detail of your outdoor wedding can be problematic. Here are some of the things you need to do to make your dream of a beautiful outdoor wedding a reality.

Be Sure to Dress Accordingly

While getting married outdoors can be enjoyable, there are also a number of factors that may be out of your control. One of these factors is the weather. In the days leading up to your outdoor wedding ceremony, you need to continuously check the weather. Staying on top of any developing changes in temperature or bad weather conditions is crucial. With this information, you and your guests can dress accordingly.

If the weather outside is going to be hot that day, you need to dress for both style and comfort. Wearing a wedding gown made of a sheer and breathable material is one of the best ways to avoid getting overheated. Making these small changes can make your outdoor wedding ceremony more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Don’t Take On This Planning Process Alone

If you and your partner are passionate about having an outdoor wedding, you need to avoid taking on the planning process on your own. Planning a wedding is difficult, which is why you need to enlist the help of experienced professionals. Hiring a wedding planner and an experienced wedding photographer is an essential part of having a great wedding.

These professionals will be able to use their past experience with planning outdoor weddings to offer you guidance. Refusing to get this type of professional help may lead to big mistakes being made. These mistakes can affect your wedding day in a very negative way. The money paid for this type of professional guidance will be worth it in the long run.

Always Have a Back-Up Plan

One of the main pieces of advice you will receive from professionals when planning an outdoor wedding is to have a back-up plan. If a stray rainstorm hits during your wedding, you need to have an inside venue nearby to run to. Most wedding venue suppliers will have a variety of locations they can offer. By having a back-up plan in place, you can avoid weather-related wedding disasters.

A Wedding in Nature

If you want to have your wedding in Yosemite, the professionals at The Redwoods in Yosemite can help you out. Contact us for more information on the wedding venues we have for rent.

Dealing with stress is something most adults are familiar with. The longer you allow the stress in your life to build, the harder it will be to avoid serious mental and physical health issues. Taking a vacation can help you forget about your problems for a while.

The average American adult takes around 18 vacation days a year. The key to having a great time on vacation is choosing the right destination. If you love nature and being outdoors, then planning a trip to Yosemite National Park is a great idea.

Here are some of the things you need to consider when planning your first trip to Yosemite.

Plan to Stay a Few Days

Yosemite National Park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails. The total size of this national park is roughly 748,000 acres. With all of this ground to cover, you need to come and stay for a few days. Most seasoned Yosemite enthusiasts recommend newcomers spend up to 3 days in the park on their first trip.

Not only will this give you time to see all of the natural wonders contained in this natural park, it will also give you time to relax and forget about your stress. Finding the right accommodations should be one of your main concerns. Luckily, there are rental homes and luxury cabins all around Yosemite for rent. With a bit of online research, finding the right place to stay will be a breeze.

Get Your Car Ready For the Trip

If you are traveling to Yosemite for the first time, it is best to plan your arrival during the daytime. This is due in part to the fact that the roads leading into this national treasure are a bit narrow and winding. If you are driving your own vehicle to Yosemite, you need to spend some time getting it ready.

During the winter months, snowfall is a near certainty in Yosemite. Taking along a set of snow chains may be a must when trying to navigate the roadways of this national park with ease and compliant to park requirements in winter. You should also be aware that there are 3 gas stations open year-round at Wawona (Hwy 41), El Portal (Hwy 140) and at Crane Flat (Hwy 120) and one gas station open seasonally at Tuolumne Meadows (generally June through October) on the Tioga Road. There are two electrical vehicle charging station in Yosemite Valley.

Properly Preparing For Hikes in Yosemite is Important

As previously mentioned, Yosemite National Park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails. If you are going on vacation in Yosemite to test out some of these trails, you need to plan out your excursions ahead of time.

The Yosemite website has a guide that contains information about each of the hiking trails and how difficult they are to navigate. With this information, you can begin the process of picking the right trails to use during your stay at Yosemite. You can also check YosemiteHikes.com

Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

Are you looking for great accommodations in and around Yosemite National Park? If so, contact the team at The Redwoods in Yosemite for more information about the home and cabin rentals we can provide.

Everybody knows that Yosemite National Park is a treasure trove of adventure, fun outdoor activities and breathtaking natural landscapes. After all, who hasn’t had their breath taken away from them from seeing El Capitan’s Horsetail Fall alit with the ember-like glow during the late February month? However, visiting Yosemite isn’t something that should be reserved exclusively for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, for those of you who want to combine their love of nature with their love of their significant other, a jaunt down to Yosemite could be just what you need to both ignite and keep your home fires burning.

Spend Valentine’s Day with Us

While there are advantages to visiting Yosemite National Park throughout the year, something about February makes it extra special. Horsetail Fall, for instance, takes on its famous fiery appearance during the last couple of weeks of this month. Of course, if you’re hoping to spend Valentine’s Day with us, we’ll go above and beyond to make sure you and your special someone have an amazing time. We boast hot tubs, romantic hikes, and fine dining. When booking your reservation with us, please be sure to ask about our ongoing promotions!

Tie the Knot While Visiting Yosemite

Your wedding day is going to be arguably one of the most important days of your life. When it comes to planning this beautiful celebration of love, you want to make sure the day is as wonderful as your love for your significant other. Why not exchange your vows with the phenomenal vistas of Yosemite right behind you? We have highly skilled event planners who are ready to help your wedding day go smoothly, ensuring that the tears shed that day will be only tears of happiness and love.

Rent a Cabin for Your Anniversary

If you fell in love in Yosemite, and you got married here with us, why not also celebrate the important milestones of your anniversary with us, too? Even if this is your first time coming to visit, we have the finest luxury accommodations that you desire to make you feel that spark – no matter if this is your first anniversary or you’ve been celebrating fifty years together! If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, we’ve got you covered there, too. No matter your tastes, we want you to feel welcome when you stay here.

Without a doubt, Yosemite National Park is absolutely for lovers. From our incredible views to our cozy accommodations, we have everything you need to help you fall in love and stay in love. To learn more about how we here at The Redwoods In Yosemite can help make your special occasion even more romantic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Written By Christina Kantzavelos

There is still time! November is a grand time to visit Yosemite National Park. Crisp mornings and cool evenings, sunny days, chromatic views, and the chance of first snow all paint your next perfect travel picture. It is the least crowded time to visit the park, which means quieter and more intimate outdoor adventures. Plus, you can catch a last glimpse of Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove before they close for the season. We’ve come up with eight reasons your visit to Yosemite should be in the few remaining weeks of November. And remember to pack layers and tire chains, just in case! 

 

  1. Explore Glacier Point Road and Tuolumne Meadows (before they close for the snow season!)

 

Take advantage of having access to both Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows/Tioga Roads before they close for the snow season. The fall really transforms each of these majestic locations into chromatic wonderlands. Plus, you get to enjoy their beautiful hikes and views in serene solitude, as neither will be as busy as in the summer. 

 

  1. Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Park 

 

Enjoy creating a wonderful memory by hosting a Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your cabin, surrounded by your family, and friends. Not in the mood to cook? Here are three wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner options in the park. Be sure to make a reservation! 

 

  1. Visit the Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove

 

If you haven’t visited the newly restored Mariposa Grove, then you’re in for a treat. Hike its beautiful (and partially ADA compatible) trails before it closes for the snow season. Grizzly Giant has never looked more majestic with its colorful leaves! 

 

  1. Bike in the Valley

 

Explore the valley via bicycle, and enjoy the crisp air, colorful leaves, and beautiful views as you bike by or stop to visit the less-crowded Yosemite valley staples. 

 

  1. Explore the Museums in the Park

 

Don’t let November rains scare you! Is it too rainy or snowy to go exploring? Or, are you looking for a relaxing stroll? Then visit the Yosemite Museum in the valley, or walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, which displays his work as well as other contemporary photographers and artists. If you’re in Wawona, be sure to visit the Pioneer or History Center, which explains the history of Yosemite National Park and how it inspired the growth of national parks across the county and the world. 

 

  1. S’mores and BBQs! 

 

Is there a more delicious food group? Gather around the fire, and enjoy roasting juicy fillets and gooey s’mores with your friends and loved ones.

 

  1. Pet Friendly Yosemite Trails to Hike and Enjoy

 

Take your pup on the Chowchilla Mountain road (the original road to Yosemite), or Wawona Meadow Loop Trail in Wawona. Or, you and your canine can explore Bridalveil Fall trail, Hodgdon Meadow, Glacier Point, Cook’s Meadow Loop, or even Lower Yosemite Falls. You can also bring along your fur-baby on the Mirror Lake Trail, or take the perfect holiday card photo with them in front of Tunnel View. For both you and your pet’s safety, they are not allowed in the meadows, back country, in public buildings, or on shuttle buses. Looking for a pet friendly cabin? We have you covered

 

  1. Cozy Fireplaces and Hot Tubs 

 

Snuggle up with a mug of delicious steaming cocoa next to the fireplace in your cabin. Or relax with a soothing cup of hot tea next in your hot tub. Not much compares to spending quality time in your cozy cabin, or hot tub, especially when it’s snowing or raining outside. 

Looking for a cabin to get cozy in for November?

Our 120 Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with an audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Relax, explore, escape!

Tioga Pass Road aka Highway 120 makes way for perfect summer and early fall adventures in Tuolumne Meadows. After a heavy winter, the waterfalls are still strong, and there is even some snowmelt on some of high country trails. We have a list to plan your perfect day of trail hiking, whether you’re just looking for a short and sweet stroll or something to test those limits. The best part? Even with its popularity, and short season, Tuolumne tends to be much less crowded than Yosemite Valley (cue prayer hands).

 

Check out the free Tuolumne Meadow Shuttle if you’re planning to knock out a few trails in a day. 

 

Cathedral Lakes (7-8 miles/Moderate)

 

Part of the John Muir Trail, this is a gorgeous and very popular scenic hike surrounded by peaks like Cathedral Peak (hence the name) and by Echo and Tresidder Peaks, all standing at 10,000 ft in elevation. The reason Cathedral Lakes is plural is that there is a detour for Lower Cathedral Lake, as well as Upper Cathedral Lake. Lower Cathedral Lake is a more popular destination, but why not visit both?

 

Tenaya Lake (2.5 miles/Easy)

 

Get ready for postcard views on this hike, featuring one of Yosemite’s most beautiful and picturesque lakes surrounded by granite domes and peaks. A naturally beautiful hike, its short length and ease makes it popular for good reason. 

 

Elizabeth Lake (4.6 miles/Moderate)

 

Have you caught on to Tuolomne’s lake theme yet?  This hike isn’t as popular as Tenaya Lake, likely because of its steep uphill beginning. However, it’s just as picturesque. The lake is surrounded by evergreens and large gorgeous granite like Unicorn Peak. 

 

Glen Aulin (13 miles/Strenuous)

 

Alright, so this one isn’t a lake, however, it is a trail that guides you to beautiful Tuolumne Falls and White Cascade. It’s also popular because it’s part of the Pacific Crest Trail and is a gateway to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Yes, Tuolumne Meadows has it all. 

 

Gaylor Lakes (2 miles/moderate)

 

Easily one of Yosemite’s most underrated hikes. A steep climb rewards you with spectacular views of Dana, Mammoth, Gibbs and other mountains as well as Dana Meadows. In addition, it has five lakes that seem untouched, picturesque, almost like a Hollywood backdrop. If that’s not enough, there’s even an abandoned 1870’s mine that sits above Gaylor Lake. 

 

Mono Pass (8 miles/moderate)

 

This trans-sierra trail takes you through wet meadows and rushing creeks, providing you with amazing views of Bloody Canyon and stunning Mono Lake. Not nearly as crowded as other trails in the area. 

 

Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail (8 miles/Easy)

 

A pleasant hike that passes through the Lyell fork of the Tuolumne River, as well as the bridged Rafferty Creek and Ireland Creeks. At the eight-mile mark, you are awarded with the Kuna Creek’s cascade. Looking for something shorter? You can walk ½ hour each way to and from the Twin Bridges. Keep in mind, this trail can get muddy and you will likely run into some Pacific Crest Trail and/or John Muir hikers. 

 

Dog Lake (2.8 miles/Moderate)

 

No, there are no puppies to be found here. Though, there is a still mountain lake, bordered by evergreens and granite mountains. You’re already en route to Lembert Dome, why not continue forward and get a beautiful view of Tuolumne Meadows? 

 

Lembert Dome (2.8 miles/Moderate)

 

Lembert Dome does not feature a lake or cascade, but it does offer some fantastic views of Tuolumne meadows. If you stay straight at the junction it will lead you to Dog Lake, making it a solid four miles. It may get windy, so hold onto your hats. And as always, stay off domes during chances of thunderstorms. 

 

Soda Spring and Parsons Lodge (1.5 miles/Easy)

 

Also located in the same parking lot as the Lembert Dome and Dog Lake trailheads. The third hike of the day is a charm, right? This trail takes you to springs that spew cold bubbling water right out of the ground. This is where your carbonated beverages come from. Kidding. And there is an enclosure to ensure you don’t try testing the carbonation levels. 

Looking for a home base for your hikes?

All of our 120 Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in historic Wawona, near the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (free shuttle access to grove when you stay with us!). Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation homes border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second-highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet-friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Come on up! Relax. Explore. Escape!

 

Written By Christina Kantzavelos