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Access to Yosemite National Park with Guided Hiking Packages

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

Groveland Hotel is excited to announce our new partnership with Balanced Rock that allows us to offer our guests three different hiking experiences with experienced guides in Yosemite National Park. Balanced Rock has over 20 years of experience leading guided back-packing retreats, day hikes and workshops. Their guides are known for their extensive knowledge of the Yosemite wilderness as well as a passionate dedication to the contemplative practices of yoga and mindfulness. Plus, reserving this package guarantees access to the park without having to wait in long lines or postpone your trip. Keep reading to learn more about your access to Yosemite National Park: guided hiking packages.

Expect to visit less crowded yet stunningly beautiful corners of the Park with hidden sanctuaries and secluded lakes. Don’t worry if you are not experienced as your guides can tailor the experience to match your ability. Each package also leaves you ample time to explore areas of Yosemite on your own.

One great advantage is that each of these packages will GUARANTEE entrance into Yosemite Park! This has been a busy year for the park, so advance reservations are required, and sometimes can be hard to get. Now you are able to book your stay AND your time in Yosemite with no hassles!

Here are the details:

Balanced Rock Guided Tours – Orientation into Yosemite

This package gives you guaranteed entrance to the park, plus:

  • Access to Yosemite on the day of the program and the following 2 days.
  • Up to 2 hours with a guide for brief introduction to Yosemite and recommended iconic spots to visit.
  • Flexibility to explore the park on your own before or after the booked service for the entire day.

This package does NOT include:

  • Transportation to and from the park.
  • Park entrance fee ($35 per vehicle).
  • Food or gear.

The cost for this tour is $250 for a single vehicle (with no more than 6 guests in the vehicle), and is available when booking your room at Groveland Hotel. Please also note that locations are limited to Yosemite Valley.

Balanced Rock Guided Tours – Half Day Excursion

This package gives you guaranteed entrance to the park, plus:

  • Access to Yosemite on the day of the program and the following 2 days.
  • Guided hike for a half day (up to 4 hours) with a local guide OR a tour-format of different iconic spots.
  • Flexibility to explore the park on your own before or after the booked service for the entire day.
  • Yoga or meditation element as part of the itinerary.

This package does NOT include:

  • Transportation to and from the park.
  • Park entrance fee ($35 per vehicle).
  • Food or gear.

The cost for this tour is $500 for a single vehicle (with no more than 6 guests in the vehicle), and is available when booking your room at Groveland Hotel. Note that locations are limited to Yosemite Valley, Wawona/Glacier Point Area and Tuolumne Grove.

Balanced Rock Guided Tours – Full Day Excursion

This package gives you guaranteed entrance to the park, plus:

  • Access to Yosemite on the day of the program and the following two days.
  • Guided hike for a full day (up to 8 hours) with a local guide OR tour of different iconic spots.
  • Flexibility to explore the park on your own before or after the booked service for the remainder of the day.
  • Yoga or meditation element as part of the itinerary.

This package does NOT include:

  • Transportation to and from the park.
  • Park entrance fee ($35 per vehicle).
  • Food or gear.

The cost for this tour is $1000 for a single vehicle (with no more than 6 guests in the vehicle) and is available when booking your room at Groveland Hotel. This tour opens up trails and locations off of Tioga Pass/Tuolumne Meadows.

We believe that a guided tour may be the best way for you to maximize your experience at Yosemite. So don’t delay. Take advantage of your access to Yosemite National Park with guided hiking packages. These packages will help minimize stress when planning your trips, and isn’t that what a day in nature is supposed to do? Feel free to call us with any questions. The three package options will appear when you book your stay; just click on the best one for you!

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Summer Menu

Appetizers

Caprese Salad – $15
Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil
and balsamic reduction

Grilled Focaccia – $8
Served with balsamic vin and rosemary olive oil

Fried Zucchini Spears – $8
Served with house ranch dressing

Deep Fried Mushrooms – $10
Served with house remoulade

Elote Bites – $8
Corn on the cob rounds grilled and topped with lime crema,
Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro

Salads

Watermelon Salad – $20
Cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, avocado, pepitas, mint
with honey Sriracha vin

Classic Caesar Salad – $20
Classic Caesar with house croutons, Parmesan Cheese and fresh Caesar dressing

Goddess Cobb Salad – $25
Bacon, avocado, tomatoes, sliced egg, blue cheese
with Green Goddess dressing

Farmers Market Pappardelle Salad – $20
Seasonal grilled vegetables tossed with pappardelle pasta salad

Mains

All sandwiches served with fries
Tri Tip Sandwich – $20
Santa Maria-style tri tip hand sliced
and served with slivered onions and house BBQ sauce
 

Pulled Pork Sandwich – $25
Smoked Sweetwater Farms pork shoulder, jalapeño bacon relish
and house BBQ sauce

Chicken Sandwich – $20
Smoked chicken, carmelized onions, goat cheese, arugula,
and Goddess dressing

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich – $15
Seasonal veggies tossed with roast pepper sauce

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $15

Cheddar and Gouda cheese on grilled country white bread

Chicken Tenders – $15
Crispy chicken tender

Dessert

Assorted Ice Creams – $6
Your choice of Orange Italian Ice, Mississippi Mud Pie sandwich or chocolate dipped Vanilla Sunday Almond cone

 

Please allow 20 – 30 minutes for your meals to be prepared.  All meals are cooked to order. 

If you have a food allergy, please let us know.  Otherwise, modifications are highly discouraged.  Any requested modifications will be $10 per item.

ADA

Room 110 is situated at the back of the hotel in the Annex building on the lower floor.  This cozy room features a queen bed, with a large private bathroom containing a tub/shower.  This room accommodates two guests. This is a pet-friendly room.

Accessibility Features: Entry door is 32” wide; there is an outlet within 4’ of the telephone jack; the door lock is located 44” from the floor; there is more than 36” of room to the right side of the bed; hangers are located 53” off the ground.  Currently, the door handle is a historic twist knob, but we are working with our locksmith to replace this with a levered handle that can easily be operated with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist.

The bathroom has room to do a t-turn; the toilet seat is 18” off the ground and has a grab bar located behind the toilet; the wash basin is 30” off the ground with insulated pipes; the wash basin faucet is easy to operate with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; the towel racks are 46” off the floor; the bathroom floors are slip resistant.  There are no grab bars on an adjacent wall in the bathroom for the toilet as there is not an adjacent wall to place them on. 

The tub has faucet controls positioned at the center of the end wall and open side of the tub; faucet can easily be turned on and off with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist; there is a grab bar at the foot of the tub and at the head of the tub; and there are two 40” grab bars alongside the tub to serve for low and high needs.  The fixtures in the bathtub are historic and therefore we do not have a 60” hand held shower wand.

Due to the historic nature of our property, our rooms are fairly small, therefore we are unable to provide 36” around both sides and the foot of the bed.  However, we do provide full clearance between the door and the right side of the bed.

You can book this room online or please call us 24 hours/7 days a week at 209-962-4000 or email us at guestservices@groveland.com and we would be happy to find the room that most meets your needs.  

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Pet Friendly

Your search for pet-friendly vacation lodging near Yosemite National Park ends here.  Our four-legged guests love the Groveland Hotel as much as our two-legged ones!  We’re happy to offer select pet-friendly rooms, located on the first floor, for your stay in Groveland, California.  The pet fee is $75 per reservation, with a limit of one pet per guest.  We welcome pets 60 lbs or less.

For dog-friendly activities near the Groveland Hotel, we recommend a walk along the Hetch Hetchy Railroad or going for a refreshing dip in the pet-friendly Rainbow Pools swimming hole.  If you are heading into Yosemite National Park, check their website for pet rules and restrictions.

Looking for a local dog sitter/boarder where you can keep your dogs for the day while exploring Yosemite?  There is a great nearby facility called Big Creek Boarding.
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