Destination California: Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KSEE) – “Hi folks and good morning! Welcome to Sugar Pine Railroad!”

That’s the greeting you’ll hear as soon as you pull off of Highway 41, south of Yosemite National Park.

You’ll leave the roadway behind and jump on the rails of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

“It is a one-hour, steam-powered excursion, usually by the number 10 here, which is an 85½ ton steam locomotive,” said Mike Hubble, Operations Manager for Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

Once you take your seat on the “logger,” you’ll learn about the history of logging and the railroads that lead to this mountain attraction.

The scenic ride will show you the beauty of the Sierra National Forest.

A stop at Lewis Creek Canyon allows you to enjoy a trail in high country while the locomotive takes on water.

That water turns into steam as the train powers through the high country.

“It was crazy to see the locomotive going up and down the hill with the steam. That was pretty cool,” said Lacaro Castillo of North San Diego.

After a 15-minute stop at Lewis Creek, it is all aboard for the second half of the train ride.

As the 90-year-old locomotive pulls back into the station, your journey continues.

You can step into the Thornberry Museum to learn about nature, logging, and of course, trains.

Stop by Gold Rush City, where the rule is “Finders keepers” as you pan for gold.

You will find a few pups at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. This destination is pet-friendly. Visitors can bring their dogs if they are on a leash.

Trains at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad run at least twice a day, seven days a week into late October.

Book your tickets for a ride on the train here: https://ymsprr.com/

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