California Coast to Crest Women's Adventure

Starting From

$5,495/person

Number of days

8

Start Location

San Francisco, California

End Location

San Francisco, California

Group Size

8-12

Operated by

MT Sobek

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Venture off to a land of golden hues, giant sequoias, rugged cliffs, and ocean views. Start in the fog-shrouded coastal redwoods and make your way towards Yosemite. High on Sonoma Mountain, long trails call for camaraderie amidst historic orchards, ancient redwoods, and winery ruins. Come evening, step into El Dorado Kitchen and treat yourself to pickled strawberries with goat cheese or bouillabaisse with homemade chorizo. Marvel at the depths of the Yosemite Valley beckoning ever deeper into its endless beauty and wrap up the adventure with fine dining and theater.

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MT Sobek

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Itinerary

Arrive in San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco by 2pm to catch the shuttle through the heart of San Francisco, stopping to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge before continuing on to our hotel in Mill Valley. Along the way, the guides introduce the "City by the Bay" and Marin County. If you wish to forego the airport shuttle, rendezvous with the group at 5pm at the Acqua Hotel. After a brief trip orientation, we go to dinner where you get to know your guide and fellow travelers.

Explore Muir Woods National Monument & Muir Beach

After breakfast, take a short shuttle ride to Muir Woods where we'll have some time on our own to stroll through this fog-shrouded biome of coastal redwoods before beginning our trek to the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach. After lunch in an English pub, enjoy free time to explore Muir Beach where steelhead and endangered coho salmon move up Redwood Creek to spawn. Transfer back to Mill Valley and explore the town's galleries and boutiques before meeting the group for dinner.

Hike Point Reyes National Seashore

Today travel north to Point Reyes National Seashore, with subtle natural features nestled over a variety of ecosystems. Take in the overriding presence of the San Andreas Fault which bisects the peninsula from the rest of the California mainland. Intermittently edged by beaches, sea cliffs, and intertidal zones cascading into the Pacific Ocean, explore the peninsula and its beaches on this hike from the rift zone to the beach on the Pacific. Actual hikes may vary, depending on weather. Bond with your fellow hikers over a special dinner in Point Reyes Station before shuttling back to Mill Valley.

Hike Jack London State Park

Explore Jack London State Park today, a hikers' paradise perched high on Sonoma Mountain with over 1400 pristine acres and 26 miles of backcountry trails. Visit the fascinating London's Cottage and nearby winery, soak in the distant views of Mount Diablo, hear birdsong along Graham Creek, loop through historic orchards and ancient redwoods past London's Lake, and have a picnic beneath the eucalyptus planted by Jack himself. Tour Benziger, the region's most distinctive vineyard, and wrap up over pickled strawberries and goat cheese and bouillabaisse with homemade chorizo at El Dorado Kitchen.

Experience the Wonders of Yosemite Valley

This morning, journey through California's central valley and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. After a casual lunch, continue into John Muir's beloved Yosemite Valley. See the awe-inspiring place of rugged beauty that he described as a paradise on earth, with "noble walls, sculptured into endless variety of domes and gables, spires and battlements." Stop beneath El Capitan to spot climbers high on its ramparts before hiking along the Merced River past Yosemite Valley's most iconic features, directly to tonight's accommodation.

Marvel at Yosemite Valley & Giant Sequoias

Today shuttle out of the Yosemite Valley on the Glacier Point Road. Here it is easy to see Muir's source of inspiration, as the gaze drifts from the depths of the valley and towering Yosemite Falls to majestic Half Dome in profile. The loop hike will take in some of Yosemite's most jaw-dropping vistas and geologic features, plus a special picnic served near Taft Point. Spend the rest of the afternoon soaking in the beauty in Yosemite Valley.

Hike Upstream to Ahwahnechee

Today hike upstream along the Tenaya River past a little-known Ahwahnechee historic site, with birds calling, the creek gurgling, and Half Dome looming high above. Enjoy the afternoon to relax or take the adventurous option to hike up along one of the valley's iconic waterfalls. Tonight, dress up to experience the crown jewel of Yosemite dining: the award-winning magnificent Ahwahnee Dining Room, its 34-foot-high beamed ceiling complementing the room's granite pillars, floor-to-ceiling windows, and chandeliers.

Explore Tuolumne Grove & Return to San Francisco

After an optional sunrise stroll and a final breakfast at the Ahwahnee Dining Room, take a walk among the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias, learning more about these stately and rare giants of the sierra. After that return to San Francisco. Along the way, stop in the gold rush town of Columbia, to enjoy lunch, and say goodbye to your fellow hikers. Expect to arrive to the airport by 4pm; make sure you don't schedule your flight any earlier than 6pm.

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