Welcome to the Evergreen Lodge, an historic hotel nestled in the woods bordering Yosemite National Park.

Explore Yosemite with our Guided Recreation Program and discover the best of Yosemite firsthand. We offer a broad selection of trips to Yosemite's most famous jewels as well as many of its little known wonders.

Trips are led by warm, personable guides who are excited to share their passion for and knowledge of Yosemite. We offer partial and full-day excursions for all experience and fitness levels, with trips varying seasonally to take advantage of current conditions.

Whether you hike Yosemite's scenic trails, bike on peaceful back roads, fish a clear mountain stream or savor Yosemite's beauty on a naturalist tour, we'll help you enjoy a memorable experience in a truly special place.

FLY FISHING TRIPS - The secret is getting out: the Yosemite area has some of the finest fishing west of the Rockies. Four outstanding rivers and fisheries are within 15 miles of the lodge, and countless streams, lakes and other rivers are within an hour’s drive. Our ‘home’ river is the Tuolumne, with three forks providing varied conditions throughout the seasons. The Merced River, which flows through Yosemite Valley, is also a prime destination. Awaiting your fly are various species of trout including brook, rainbow and brown trout. Regardless of the catch, everyone will enjoy a day of Yosemite beauty and serenity well off the beaten path.

BIKING - The hundreds of kids riding bikes at neighboring Camp Mather can't be wrong, the riding in our area is really fun. We have a number of wonderful rides that cruise our local fire roads and wind down mellow country roads, all leading to some of our favorite swimming holes. Some of our rides are round trips while others include a van pick-up to bring you back to the lodge, avoiding those long uphill jaunts. These trips are designed for all levels of riders though you should be comfortable riding for a few hours and managing the occasional up and downhill section.

HIKING TRIPS & NATURALIST TOURS - Our naturalist led hiking trips & tours are designed to help you escape the crowds while exploring Yosemite's most beautiful trails, lakes, waterfalls and scenic vistas. Hop in one of our vans, learn about the Park, see some of our favorite secret spots, swim, relax, take a hike and avoid driving. These are the trips the Evergreen owners takes their friends on, basically the ‘insiders’ look at the magical parts of Yosemite.

RAFTING TRIPS - ENJOY THE BEST RAFTING IN CALIFORNIA Two of the best rafting rivers in California are located in the Yosemite region: the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers. Each provides a spectacular, beautiful and exhilarating experience. The Tuolumne is known for its rocky, technical drops, while the Merced is famous for large, roller-coaster waves and big crashing swells. We work with the best local rafting outfitters to get you set-up on these trips.

SNOWSHOEING TRIPS - Snowshoeing is the fastest growing sport in America and for good reason. We offer guided snowshoe hikes in the winter and early spring to some of our favorite destinations. In the spring/summer, you can rent snowshoes to access the Tuolumne high country. Snowshoeing requires slightly more energy then walking and provides a wonderful all body workout when poles are utilized. Get out there and discover the beauty of a snow covered Yosemite!

PRIVATE GUIDED PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS & TOURS - Join professional photographer, biologist and natural historian Robb Hirsch on a private customized photography expedition. A variety of trips can be planned based on the goals and abilities of the participants. These can include hikes to shoot from a particular place or can be dynamic to best utilize the present conditions. Group size is limited (to no more than 3) to provide the most meaningful experience and maximize learning potential. Trips are suited for moderate to advanced amateurs who want to improve their photography skills and shoot in some of the most beautiful and lesser known locations in and outside of Yosemite.


In Europe, home of mountain guiding, tourists regularly hire private guides for outings into the Alps and Dolomites. We offer the same service for guests who want to create their own special trip, whether it is one full of adventure and effort or just a more intimate and private affair.

We will work with you to define your goals and present to you different trip scenarios. Though our scheduled trips are wonderful, a private trip allows us to craft an adventure that is unique, memorable and customized to fit your exact goals.

Some popular trip choices include the following adventures:

  • Half Dome day hike via Glacier Point or Yosemite Valley
  • Cross Country Scramble to Cathedral Lakes via the ‘Locals’ Route
  • Peak Climb of Mt. Hoffman, the exact center of the Park
  • Wildflower Hikes along the North Canyon of Hetch Hetchy
  • Private Van Tours taking in the sites, hikes and locales of Yosemite
  • Fly Fishing For Giant Brown Trout
  • River Ramble along the granite banks of the tumbling Tuolumne River
  • Clouds Rest Hike
  • Sunrise or Sunset Hikes to Half Dome (being on top for these events)
  • Overnight Backpack trips to various locations 

GPS GUIDED RECREATION/GEOCACHING - Geocaching is a fun, new adventure game that combines nature exploration and high technology. Most simply defined, geocaching is a GPS navigated treasure hunt! Geocaching is rapidly growing in popularity as people of all ages get exposed to GPS devices and discover the entertainment and adventure they provide. “Cache in” on this cool new activity.

There are two fun ways to enjoy geocaching around Yosemite. For those interested in staying "close to home", we've created the Evergreen Geocaching Course. Those looking to enhance their exploration of the Park can take advantage of Yosemite Area Geocaching.

HORSEBACK RIDING - Unlimited horseback opportunities await riders throughout the Evergreen and Yosemite area. A mile down the road from us is the Mather Pack Station, and there are also numerous stables inside the Park. Riding is an excellent way to experience the backcountry beauty and trails for people of all ages. We can help arrange hourly, half-day or full-day rides.

ROCK CLIMBING - The best rock climbing in the world is found within Yosemite's borders. Whether you are a first-time climber or an experienced 'Rock Jock', the expert guides we work with will help you enjoy the array of fantastic climbing opportunities available in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. We can help arrange trips for all ages and skill levels.

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