Summer is undeniably the most popular and spectacular season in Yosemite. Access is available to all parts of the Park and the contrast of colors and conditions in Yosemite make for a visual feast. Snow capped peaks loom above lush, green meadows, while crystal clear waters flow along the stunning granite for which Yosemite is legendary.
With more visitors in Yosemite during the summer season, we focus our programs and information on helping you discover the many less crowded, yet spectacular, places in the Park.
Come enjoy one or all of our recommended Classic Summer Recreation Experiences.
Note that several of the items described below have limited capacity and should be reserved in advance. For more information or to make a booking, please call our Recreation Department at (209) 379-2606 x140, email us, or send a Recreation Request.
- Guided Fly Fishing on the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers and other nearby waterways is a spectacular option for experts and novices alike. Yosemite is one of the few places where you can catch as many as 4 species of trout, including the elusive golden trout. Our guides can help you enjoy the serenity and beauty of Yosemite fly fishing geared to your skill level. Fly fishing season begins April 30th. Click here for more details.
- Guided Touring of Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite’s High Country with our naturalist guides. Join us in our comfy van for an all-day outing to some of our favorite destinations. Your day will include the stops and walks to stunning vistas, an education on flora, fauna and the area’s natural history, gentle naturalist hikes and relaxation at Lake Tenaya. There will be options and opportunities to swim, scramble to the top of a granite dome, throw snowballs, build sand castles with the kids, or steal away for some quality alone time. Demand is high for these outings so please book well in advance. Click here for more details.
- Naturalist Guided Hiking Trips are a spectacular way to get away from the crowds and see the scenery for which Yosemite is world famous. Lodge owner Dan Braun has spent twenty years guiding in the park and these outings showcase his favorite destinations. These all day trips are our specialty and a wonderful way to get some exercise, see pristine wilderness, learn about the Park and earn your dinner! Space is highly limited on these outings. Click here for more details.
- Biking is a terrific way to spend a warm, beautiful summer day. Join us for a Guided Bike Trip (downhill!) to spectacular waterfalls, or rent bikes and enjoy the seclusion of nearby fire roads. Click for more details on guided bike trips or mountain bike rentals.
- Geocaching is a new, fun way to explore the outdoors using GPS technology. You can rent a GPS device from us, get some quick training and then use it to track your explorations. Kids and adults alike will enjoy using the GPS technology to hunt for hidden treasures near the property and special sites and finds along Yosemite hiking trails. Click here for more details.
- Self-Directed Hiking opportunities abound, with the 4-mile round trip to booming Wapama Falls at nearby Hetch Hetchy a perennial guest favorite. The Preston Falls Trail, up to 4 miles each way, is another great nearby choice, as is the trail to secluded Carlon Falls. And of course, there is wonderful hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite Valley.
- Massage is the perfect way to unwind and soothe the body after an invigorating day’s recreation, or even after a day of loafing. We offer both full-body and shorter ‘chair’ massages. Click here for more details.
- Snowshoeing - After a typical winter in Yosemite, there is still plenty of snow to be found in areas above 8,000 feet. Snowshoe Rentals are available at the lodge, and based on conditions, some of our hiking trips may incorporate snowshoeing as well. Click for more details guided snowshoe trips and snowshoe rentals.
- Ranger Talks, are a fun, informative way to spend part of an evening at the lodge. Learn about bears, mountain lions and more. Check the week’s calendar for the topic and timing of the next talk.
- Campfires, S’mores & Stargazing is a favorite summer ‘triathlon’ at the Evergreen.
- Bellying up to the bar takes place in our tavern or fireside - our bartenders will be your guides for this challenging but inspiring activity. Or, if you're in the Valley, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel and enjoy the memorable setting.
- Walking our Nature Trail surrounding the property is easy and educational.
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