May 21-26, 2017. Sunday to Friday
(Travel on 2oth and 26/27th)
Yosemite Summit 2017 is FULL. This is the 10th Anniversary Summit! It filled up in mere weeks. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, and extra day was added! If you are wanting to come in 2018, let Karl know so you can secure a spot.
Arrival in Sacramento. Most guys arrive this day, and will be picked up at the airport by Karl. We enjoy In-n-Out Burgers, go shopping for food, and the fellowship begins!
7am Hit the Road! We have breakfast at the hotel in Sacramento early and then hit the road.
We have lunch at the Iron Door Salon in Groveland, an interesting as well as historical stop before our final drive into Yosemite Valley.
We will begin with a visit to Turtleback Dome, a hidden favorite, where you will get a beautiful introductory overlook into the Valley without the crowds at Tunnel View before we head to the lodge.
Then, we are headed to Glacier Point for something new… time to chill in this amazing spot and then to enjoy the sunset.
We’ve done sunrises at Glacier Point and visited at other times of the day, but this year we’ll see it at the end of the day before heading to the Lodge for our first evening with orientation and fellowship. (and dinner!)
For our first day, we will do one of Karl’s favorite hikes. It begins with an ascent to the top of Sentinel Dome where you enjoy panoramic vistas of the Sierra Nevada – only 70 feet below the top of Half Dome – but viewing it directly across.
Then we’ll hike the Ponomo Loop stopping for lunch at the crest of Sentinel Fall before arriving at the most incredible spot in Yosemite – Taft Point.
This is a place where (if you dare) you can view directly down to the valley below.(And watch out for the fissures – cracks in the rock that go thousands of feet down!)
Tuesday we head out of the Valley to visit Tuolumne Meadows area along Tioga Pass. (Weather and road access permitting.) The views in this area are impossible to describe and photos can’t capture it.
We will visit another of Karl’s favorite spots, Olmsted Point before hiking to Dog Lake with the Lambert Dome option.
Dog Lake, Summit 2012
The lake hike is wonderful and relaxing. The Lambert Dome option is not too strenuous and offers spectacular views of the area.
Day of Options! On Wednesday will we break into group based on interest and what each guys is feeling up to! Since most of the guys this year are returning, they may want to try something new, or revisit a favorite hike.
- Mirror Lake Loop (Easy)
- Four Mile Trail to Valley (Moderate)
- Upper Yosemite Falls with Yosemite Point Option. (Strenuous)
This is our Celebration Day. Usually Thursday is a free morning with lunch and then hitting the road to Sacramento, but this year – it’s an entirely free day. We each go our separate ways, or guys can pair up for one of the many hikes in the Valley for some final “God Time” to bring to conclusion what He’s been doing in our minds and hearts. Some will hike, some will just walk the many trails in the Valley, others will find a quiet place to just sit, read, reflect, journal and pray. It’s up to them.
Late afternoon, will gather at the Yosemite Chapel, a real functioning church in the heart of the Valley, to close our week before we head back to the Lodge for dinner, final fellowship time, and packing to go home.
In order to provide a FULL day on Thursday, we are staying an extra night, but will leave Yosemite early morning to return to Sacramento and flights home. (Those who can’t get an evening flight home, may lodge in Sacramento and fly home on Saturday.)Everyone flies home on Friday.
I can’t believe this is the 10th Summit!
Every year things happen that make each year unique, I’m excited to see what He does this year in our lives.
Be praying about what God is going to do on this Summit!