Retracing John Muir’s favorite Valley spots

As one of Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures in 2012, visitors to Yosemite National Park this summer can take a step back in time by retracing Muir’s steps with his great-great-grandson Robert Hanna and Muir actor Frank Helling. 

The adventure series begins in April with a four-mile hike exploring Yosemite Valley, and Muir’s favorite spots and discoveries.
“Our Outdoor Adventures are guided by experts to provide memorable experiences that inspire, engage and educate,” said Mike Tollefson, president of Yosemite Conservancy. “They offer opportunities with experts to enjoy the park in unique ways.” 
Proceeds help fund into important restoration and protection work that Yosemite Conservancy supports in the park, he said.
More than 35 Outdoor Adventures are available for park visitors to hike, observe, experience and explore Yosemite’s wildlife, geology and cultural history. Adventures span the entire park geography and may range from highly active treks to the top of Half Dome or quiet contemplative strolls exploring the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
“My great-great-grandfather, John Muir, knew that sharing and experiencing Yosemite was the primary way to ensure its preservation,” said Hanna. 
“These programs help continue that important tradition.”
Groups and families can customize their adventures through Yosemite Conservancy to discover unique Yosemite wildlife or explore a remote glacier. Anyone can register for an Outdoor Adventure or inquire about a customized experience at