Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Recount the tales of California's logging past aboard the
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Step aboard one of two
vintage Shay engines and relive the days in which lumberjacks
felled trees and flumed them deep into the valley below on 2 miles
of track deep in the Sierra National Forest.
From March until November each season, passengers gaze upon majestic protected woodlands on the 4-mile, one-hour journey through history. Boarding takes place at the depot in Fish Camp. Passengers can ride in covered cars with forward-facing bench seating on either side of a central aisle. The cars are entirely open other than the half-wall and the roof, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient forest. Alternatively, riders may select a unique option and ride in the former logging cars, completely open to the elements. These flatbed cars are fitted with specially made bench seats carved from felled trees.
Each route is filled with lore. From his post at the front of the train, the conductor weaves the region's tales and presents information about its flora and fauna as the train winds along its timbered path, hugged by the natural rises and falls of the land. There is a brief pause in the course at Lewis Creek Canyon, and guests are welcome to step off the train to get a better look at the surrounding nature or venture to the front to see the engine's workings up-close. From this point, the train proceeds through the loop to change directions and continue back to the station.