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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco
"Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter with this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Throughout your trip your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.""""Escape to the snow-capped mountains of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco for two full days. Take a coach tour of Yosemite Valley with your guide and enjoy various activities during your free time such as hiking and snowshoeing. Soak in views o Yosemite is said to be best in the winter months!Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. Reserve early to avoid disappointment"title=Highlights&1=2-day+winter+tour+of+Yosemite+National+Park+from+San+Francisco&2=Take+a+coach+tour+of+spectacular+Yosemite+Valley+and+enjoy+views+of+famous+sites+such+as+Half+Dome&3=Stay+overnight+at+the+cozy+Yosemite+Lodge+at+the+Falls&4=Choose+from+a2 days / 1 night
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Family Hike in Yosemite
"Spend quality time with your family while hiking and learning the natural history of Yosemite National Park from our local guides. These interpretative tours combine short easy hike with outdoor educational sessions that will benefit children and pare lake or stream. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners. Expect to hike four to five miles with minimal elevation gains. Tours will last approximately four to five hours. Moderate HikeEscape from the masses and take some of Yo"""Enjoy a pleasant half-day hike on a relatively gentle trail in Yosemite Valley or the High Country that will allow for excellent photo opportunities and a chance to picnic perched atop a magnificent vista point or alongside a meadow lake or stream. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners."title=Highlights&1=Hike+through+Yosemite+or+the+High+Country+with+an+introductory+hike+perfect+for+the+whole+family&2=Select+the+best+hike+for+your+schedule%2C+with+multiple+times+offered+throughout+the+day&3=Bring+the+whole+family+on+an+outdoor+adventure
From $75.00
 
Mountain Biking Clinic
"This course is geared towards people who want to learn the basics on their mountain bikes. The course consists of on- and off-the-bike instruction and riding. The morning hours of the clinic will consist of outdoor classroom lesson instruction and bike h Focus and BalancePedaling techniquesGearing/ShiftingBraking TechniquesClimbing TechniqueCornering Techniques on uphill downhill and switchbacksBike Handling DrillsTrail Repair fixing a flat and chain maintenance.Trail Etiquette and general discussion on bike “anatomy” hydration
From $90.00

Crystal Cave Trail Tips (5)

Crystal Cave Road

The narrow and winding Crystal Cave Road is only 7 miles long, but has over 100 turns as it twists its way through forest and foothills to the entrance of Crystal Cave. There are a multitude of viewpoints and other things along the road; at one spot, there is an excellent and beautiful view of the Marble Fork Kaweah River.

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chewy3326
Jan 27, 2006

Crystal Cave Trail

A one-mile round trip trail leads to Crystal Cave from the parking area. This trail is paved, relatively easy, and a fun hike even if you're not entering the cave. The trail leads through various types of vegetation and views of the Siliman Crest to views of yucca-covered ridges and waterfalls. Of all the features of this trail, the waterfalls are the most prominent. As soon as the trail crosses the creek, it will parallel the creek and pass many waterfalls. None of them were probably over 25-30 feet high, but they were all very pleasant and beautiful. All told, there were probably around five-six falls. There are also some signs along the trail identifying rocks and plants. The trail ends at the entrance to Crystal Cave.

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chewy3326
Nov 29, 2005

Crystal Cave

For $11, you can take a tour of Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave. Buy tickets in the Lodgepole or Foothills VCs. As the tour guides explain, there are over 200 caves littered around the Sierra Nevada. What makes these caes so special however, is that they're made of marble. Touring the cave starts at the Spider Web Gate. From there, you are led to various chambers throughout the cave. However, this cave really isn't that beautiful; I liked Luray Caverns (Virginia) much better. The tour lasts between 45 min- 1 hour, and no tripods or hiking poles are allowed in the cave. If you would rather spend money to tour a cave than to hike in the rest of the park for free, this might be your thing. But otherwise, there's better things to do in the park.

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chewy3326
Nov 29, 2005

Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave is 15 miles from the park entrance and about 3 miles down a smaller road off of the General's Highway.
The cave was discovered in 1918 and offers visitors a close up look of cave geology and unique formations. It's th only cave in the N.P. to be opened for tours. Prices start at about $18 for 2 hour tours and tickets can only be purchased at the Lodgepole Campground Visitor Center.

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awayhome
Jun 07, 2004
 
 
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Crystal Caves

It is a limestone cave and 1 of at least 240 known caves in the park. The temperature is a constant 48 degrees so it's best to take a jacket.

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Moro Rock

Moro Rock is well worth the climb for its views over the park and the high Sierra's in the distance. To get there you can either take a shuttle from the Giant Forest Museum or take a 1 1/2 mile hike....
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