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Beyond Yosemite, off the beaten path

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Experience hosted by Dan

16 hours
Includes food, transportation, equipment
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll meet in the South Bay Area (Most often a custom pick up from Santa Cruz, SJC airport, or anywhere in the South Bay.) and drive in my air conditioned vehicle approximately 4 hours to the upper reaches of the San Joaquin River outside Bass Lake, arriving between mid-day to early afternoon depending on your schedule.

We'll stop at an overlook which inspires and showcases the adventure to be had, and have a snack, then continue as far as we can by car to our destination, a dirt parking area near a trail head to the Ansel Adams Wilderness. No congestion and tour buses here!

We'll hike approximately 3-4 miles from the trail head, to a spot with an overwhelming view filled with river gorges and granite domes to have lunch and cool off in a nearby granite stream. We'll then climb to the top of a nearby granite dome and enjoy another amazing view few have seen.

Depending on the group, we'll relax in this amazing place, or in the late afternoon, if you're up to it, we'll climb to yet another granite dome and enjoy the peace and serenity of the evening light before heading back to the car and reality left behind.

I'm also guiding backpacking trips outside/and inside yosemite. Contact me for details.
We'll meet in the South Bay Area (Most often a custom pick up from Santa Cruz, SJC airport, or anywhere in the South Bay.) and drive in my air conditioned vehicle approximately 4 hours to the upper reaches of the San Joaquin River outside Bass Lake, arriving between mid-day to early afternoon depending on your schedule.

We'll stop at an overlook which inspires and showcases the adventure to be had, and have a snack, then continue as fa…

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What's included

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Equipment
    back packs, water bottles
From $179
/ person

Meet your host, Dan

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I've been taking people to Yosemite and the surrounding area for 20 years, and it's something new every time. Every spot you stand on and look out lends a new perspective to everything you thought you've seen before.

I became a meteorologist to understand and predict when the waves/weather will be good. Luckily, I was able to make a career of it. Now I use it to aide my adventures with forecasts around the world.

I love the mountains. I think everyone on Earth should have the chance to see the beautiful places in and around Yosemite. It gives me tremendous joy to meet new people, and bring the unparalleled beauty of the Sierra Mountains to them, and see the sense of awe and wonder on their faces. I would be honored to share it with you.

This is my 1st season in the mountains. See my "Beginner Surf Experience" Santa Cruz reviews
I've been taking people to Yosemite and the surrounding area for 20 years, and it's something new every time. Every spot you stand on and look out lends a new perspective to everything you thought you've seen before.

I became a meteorologist to understand and predict when the waves/weather will be good. Luckily, I was able to make a career of it. Now I use it to aide my adventures with forecasts around the world.

I love the mountains. I think everyone on Earth should ha…
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Where you'll be

We will be in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near Piyau, also called Squaw Dome with exceptional views of Balloon Dome.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 3 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    hiking boots/shoes

    layered clothing, shorts, sweatshirts, pants, light jacket, etc