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“Even better than I expected”

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Fish Camp
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Owner description: Four-mile excursion on a narrow-gauge railroad through Sierra National Forest's scenic landscape.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

What a fun night!! We went with our son, my sister, her son and grandkids and a friend. I was expecting it to be fun but it was even better than expected. We went on the moonlight train ride which included a yummy dinner while being entertained by the Sugar Pine singers. They've been together for over 30 years. After dinner we hopped on the train and headed into the dark woods. There was a beautiful campfire waiting for us with a small amphitheater around it. The Sugar Pine singers continued entertaining with some great sing along song. We even learned French
;-) I'm never seen my husband laugh so hard when we sang a very animated "she was coming round the mountain" Great for all.

2  Thank egglady3
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Our family rode the Steam Train and panned for gold before we drove into Yosemite National Park to camp for a few days. We booked ten seats online---six adults and four children, ages 4, 7, 7 and 9. We ordered the Panning for Gold tickets for the four kids---extra charge. I feel the charge for the train is a little steep for the amount of time spent (a little over an hour), but the panning is more reasonable. Train admission in April--$19 for adults, $9.50 for kids 3-12. Gold panning--$10 and can be done without the train ride.

Our reservation was for 11 a.m. on a Saturday in late April. We arrived, picked up our tickets and let the kids pick out where we would sit. The train is powered by a Shay Engine #10 from an old logging train and pulls four open-air covered cars and two open log cars. We rode into the forest in a log car and back out in a covered car. The ride in was so pretty through the forest and smelled so lovely with all the pines! At the end of the last car stands a conductor who spiels about the logging history of the area, about the train itself and about the trees, animals and birds in the forest around us. Our grandkids sat and listened attentively and hopefully absorbed what they were hearing!

After a bit, the train came to a stop and we all got out to stretch our legs, have a little snack (we brought) and ask a few questions of the engineer who was standing outside his engine. Great photo op--the munchkins standing in front of the train engine. There are benches to sit on here if needed. We rode back without narration by our conductor and then took the kids to the Gold Panning area. Our conductor handled the panning, too, as they were short-handed that day. He did a great job with both the spieling and the panning instruction. He gave a little history to the kids about forty-niners and then showed them how to pan for gold. They were all given pans with gravel and taken to the panning flume. The instructor was helpful, showing the kids how to correctly pan. When it was all over, he took them and their pans back to the instruction area and helped them pour their little gold specks into tiny bottles to take home.

All four of the kids loved the whole experience and learned a lot while having fun. We learned a lot, too, and enjoyed ourselves. Next to the Gold Panning shack is a cool little bookstore with books, souvenirs, ornaments, etc.

By the way, next door to the railroad is the Narrow Gauge Inn, a great place to sleep on the way in or on the way out of Yosemite National Park. Fish Camp is about an hour's drive from campsites in Yosemite Valley.

1  Thank mercedcampgirl
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is a very fun little ride in a big forest. Pulled by a classic oil burning steam engine, the trip through the forest takes about an hour to complete including a stop for water along the way. You can ride in open, covered cars, or in seats created by a very large split tree (see photos). Along the way you learn interesting facts about the history of the Sugar Pine Railroad and the logging operations that it supported. At one point, as you go up a steep grade, you almost feel like you will have to get out an push, but good old no. 10 eventually makes it up the hill and takes you back to the station.

At the station you can visit a museum, peruse and bookstore and gift shop, and even pan for gold! The entire place is made for kids and their parents. It is an enjoyable day out for everyone.

Thank MaxieD_13
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I enjoyed riding in the open air seating area, looking up at the canopy of trees. The ride was just long enough to get a feel for what the loggers might have experienced. I think it would be nice to go back for one of their special events.

Thank bpuzzler
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We arrived late, right as the Steam Logger was pulling out, so I figured that we had missed our window of opportunity to take a ride through the pines. As it turned out, they took us on the Jenny Railcar and we were able to catch up with the logger, and complete the rest of the tour.

Make sure to check out the museum building where you can see photos of the Flume that the loggers would often ride back down into town. There is also a nice gift shop where you can buy train memorabilia and snacks.

My favorite part, however, turned out to be the gold panning lesson. I thought it was very interesting and super fun, and it's amazing how the panning actually works. This experience was definitely worth the price, and you get to take whatever gold you pan home with you!

By the way, I am not a train person, and I still thought this was a worthwhile stop on the way into Yosemite.

1  Thank thePeste
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