Yosemite Itinerary

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					Yosemite Itinerary

Day 1     Participants arrive at Walden West at 12 noon having already eaten lunch.
          Check gear, divide up group gear/bear cans
          Load up the van and go
          Arrive at Yellow Pines campsite and check in with camp host around 5pm

Day 2     Volunteer Project
          Obtain Wilderness Permit from permit office
          Pick up shuttle tickets at transportation office
          Swim in the Merced River
          Spider caves/Yosemite falls
          One more night at Yellow Pines campground

Day 3     Get a super early start…
          Drop kids and gear off at shuttle pick up spot
          Take van to wilderness parking lot and run back to catch the shuttle
          Shuttle to Rafferty Creek trailhead
          Hike up Rafferty Creek to Booth Lake

Day 4     Hike to Babcock Lake

Day 5     Lay-over day at Babcock Lake

Day 6     Hike to Echo Valley

Day 7     Hike to Moraine Dome campground
          Visit Bunnell Cascade along the way

Day 8     Hike to Little Yosemite Valley
          Set up camp
          Day hike Half Dome

Day 9     Hike out via the Mist trail
          Take the van home. Arrive at WW sometime in evening. Phone calls
          from road for more accurate pick up time.
Directions
To Yellow Pines Volunteer Camp Ground (first 2 days of trip):

Find your way to Yosemite going east on 120.
Follow signs to Yosemite Valley – you will end up on 41 east (Big Oak Flat Road).
Once in the Valley, you will be on a one way road (southside drive).
Keep a sharp eye out on the LEFT side for a sign saying ‘Yellow Pines’ campground.
Turn left into campground – You will probably see the Walden West van after a short
search. That’s where we are!

To Rafferty Creek trailhead (entry point):

Find your way to Yosemite going east on 120.
At junction where 41 continues into the valley, stay left on 120 to TUOLUMNE
MEADOWS (aka Tioga Road).
Rafferty Creek trailhead is through a parking lot at the furthest point you can drive in
Tuolumne meadows past the store and campground.

To Happy Isles trailhead (exit point):

Find your way to Yosemite Valley via hwy 120 east.
Once in the valley on the one way road in (southside Dr.), keep right at all junctions.
You will pass Curry Village on your right.
There is a day use parking area just past Curry Village.
This is where the WW van will be parked.
There are no roads leading to the Happy Isles Trailhead from here– Bicycles and
shuttlebuses only. If you need to get to the trailhead, you’ll have to walk or take a
shuttlebus.

Phone Numbers
Yosemite Wilderness Info. (209) 372-0200
Walden West mail office      (408) 573-3050
Antia Parsons, Director (emergency only) (408) 867 4084