camping & hiking
Time exploring Yosemite, America's first (and greatest?!) national park, with unforgettable views and challenging hiking
A weekend where the details have been planned to a tee and you don't have to worry about anything but soaking it in
Hands-on, personalized skill learning that'll make you the outdoor goddess you know you're meant to be
Self-care: cook & eat gourmet camp meals, work your booty on gorgeous trails, and soak the brilliance of Mama Nature
Space to disconnect from the nonstop vibe of urban living, and focus on the what's-happening-right-here-right-now
The X Factor (i.e. what happens when you mix dynamic, thoughtful, open-hearted women for a weekend outside)
10am meetup, introductions, and departure from downtown SF, Opening Ceremonies and lunch on the road, evening arrival at our Crane Flat campsite (giving us awesome access to the Valley Floor and Tuolumne Meadows), make our home base for the weekend, including our bombproof method of tent set-up, 2 mile hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, happy hour, dinner, and relaxing fireside with a mug of wine, new friends, and great conversation.
We'll kick off our day with a cup of good French press coffee and a healthy breakfast before descending to the Valley Floor to conquer Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. We'll gain 2000 feet of elevation over the course of our 7 mile hike, and will be rewarded with lunch by the Emerald Pool, and sweeping vistas seen from the top of a rushing waterfall.
We'll be pooped after our hike, so we'll head back to our campsite to kick back in our camp chairs and enjoy the starry night sky and cook our dinner over the coals from our fire.
We'll have a leisurely breakfast and break down our camp before heading to Tenaya Lake (perhaps the most beautiful lake in the park?) for a flat 3 mile hike around the perimeter of the water, wrapping up our trip with a picnic lunch on the beach, swimming, and Closing Ceremonies, departing midafternoon.
* Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.
FIRST-TIME TRAIL MAVEN?
Make sure you read our FAQs for juicy details that are relevant to all our trips!
+ Packing List
- Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
- Sleeping pad
- Headlamp & fresh batteries
- A sense of adventure
- Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing Trail Mavens sleeping bag)
- Personal clothing
- Day pack to carry while hiking
- Sturdy, broken-in walking shoes
- Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L capacity
- Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses
- Health insurance card & ID
- Tampons/pads as needed
- Personal medications
- Glasses/contacts with solution
- A pen
- (Trail Mavens alumnae only): previous Field Notes
- Optional: hiking poles, small pillow, hand towel, earplugs, comfy shoes for hanging out at our campsite, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck, small bottle hand sanitizer
Items in bold provided at no additional cost for any women who does not have her own!
+ bathrooms and hygiene
Our campsite in Yosemite features indoor bathrooms and potable water spigots. You won't need to pee or poop outdoors, but we will teach you how so you're ready when it happens.
+ OUT OF TOWNER?
Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area no later than Thursday night and departing no earlier than 10pm Sunday night, or Monday morning.
IS TRAIL MAVENS FOR YOU?
(HINT: IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE)
TRAIL MAVENS IS FOR you if...
... you love having open, honest, hilarious conversations with other women. Surface stuff is fine at home, but you know the best stuff comes out around the campfire.
... you've never been camping or backpacking, haven't been in ages, or have been dozens of times, but still haven't ever gotten to start the fire/set up the tent/purify water/etc. You'll get all the hands-on practice you want, so you don't have to trial-and-error your way to outdoor prowess.
... you thrive on being pushed - tenderly and lovingly - outside your comfort zone, because you know that's where the magic and the learning happen.
... you know that spending time in the outdoors increases creativity, inspiration, and happiness, and you could use a little more of that and a little less of the email/work/to-do list grind.
our adventures aren't for you if...
... getting a little sweaty, dirty, and marshmallow-y sounds gross.
... your experience of the outdoors is diminished, rather than enhanced, by sharing it with a group of rad, like-minded women.
... you're not physically fit enough to complete the activities listed in this itinerary.
your Investment: $395, $375 before june 22
trip fee includes...
... all Yosemite National Park admission/campsite fees
... delicious meals from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, trail snacks, chocolate galore, and wine & whiskey to sip in the moonlight
... guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from a WFR certified guide, plus access to the collective brilliance of your group
... all the gear you need, just in case you don't have any; just bring clothes and a toothbrush
... a donation back to Yosemite National Park, to preserve and protect them for future generations
We don't want finances ever to be the thing that gets in the way of your coming on a Trail Mavens trip. With that in mind, we offer installment plans, so you can spread out trip payment over three months. Sound appealing? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up.
Additional questions? Email email@example.com, or call 415-265-5062.