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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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Winter Menu

Appetizers – $10

Fried Brussels Sprout with Siracha Sauce

Fried Zucchini with Ranch

Fried Mushrooms

House Made Foccacia with Butter

 

Mains

Spaghetti & Meatballs – $25
Homemade pork & beef meatballs cooked in house Marinara sauce.  Served with house garlic focaccia

A La King – $20
Yes, the famous dish from our childhoods!  Peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions and peas in a rich cream sauce and served over house made biscuits.

Add a biscuit $2
Add lamb, Chicken or Braised beef $7

Pot Roast – $30
Slow-roasted beef braised in Dust Bowl Octoberfest ale, served with braised baby potatoes and carrots

Shepherd’s Pie – $20
Peppers, onions, brussels sprouts, squash, peas and carrots in savory house broth covered in mashed potatoes and smoked gouda cheese.  Broiled to a bubbly crispy brown.

Add lamb, beef or chicken for $7

 

Dessert

 

Provisions S’Mores Cake – $8
Campfire memories!  Scratch made Graham cracker cake, layer of Marshmallow and Chocolate Ganache to top this indulgent dessert

 

 

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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