Active + Adventure

Adventures That Give Back

by Jen Swetzoff

Getting dirty in Yosemite

The thrill: If traveling around the world sounds like too much of a commitment, spend a week getting back to the land on U.S. soil at Yosemite National Park. The American Hiking Society does weeklong trips that are BYOT (bring your own tent) and consist of daily walks among the park's iconic waterfalls, granite domes, giant sequoias, and diverse ecosystems under expansive blue skies. At night those skies light up with too many shooting stars to count.

The goodwill: Maintaining almost 705,000 acres of park is hard work. Hikers here pitch in to clean up or widen trails by removing or pruning overgrown bush. Expect an early start at dawn each day, made a little easier thanks to the on-site chef's tasty breakfasts. Work sites can be an invigorating 10-mile (or longer) hike from base camp, and address the park's most urgent needs. Recent volunteers focused on the renowned Hetch Hetchy Valley, described by Sierra Club founder John Muir as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples."

American Hiking Society
Tel: 301 565 6704, ext. 206
Trips cost $275 per person for a week

Next: Relief Riders to the rescue >

previous | next
4 of 9 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | ... 9
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›


Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions