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How to Find the Best Yosemite Reservations Lodging for Your Vacation
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful and popular national parks in the United States. It’s a great place to visit for a vacation, but it can be difficult to find the best Yosemite reservations lodging for your trip. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect place to stay during your Yosemite vacation.
Research Different Types of Accommodations
When it comes to Yosemite reservations lodging, there are several different types of accommodations available. You can choose from hotels, motels, cabins, campgrounds, and even backcountry sites. Each type of accommodation has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to research each option before making your decision. Consider factors like location, amenities, and cost when making your choice.
Look for Deals and Discounts
When it comes to finding the best Yosemite reservations lodging for your vacation, it pays to look for deals and discounts. Many hotels and motels offer discounts for advance bookings or special packages that include meals or activities. You can also check online travel sites like Expedia or Hotels.com for discounts on lodging in Yosemite National Park.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to check reviews before booking any Yosemite reservations lodging. Look for reviews from past guests that talk about their experience with the accommodation and any issues they may have had with their stay. This will help you make an informed decision about where you should stay during your trip to Yosemite National Park.
Finding the perfect Yosemite reservations lodging for your vacation doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. With a bit of research and planning, you can easily find the best place to stay during your trip. Remember to research different types of accommodations, look for deals and discounts, and check reviews before making your final decision.
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YOSEMITE HIKING TOURS
Whether you love spectacular mountain views or incredible waterfalls, Yosemite has something for everyone!
We offer a variety of ways to enjoy this amazing national park on foot. We offer Yosemite backpacking trips, portered trips, camping-based tours, inn-based tours, and day hikes. All of our trips are all-inclusive so you can focus 100% on enjoying all Yosemite has to offer!
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WHY HIKE YOSEMITE WITH US?
1. EXCEPTIONAL ONLINE REVIEWS
With more than 500 guests joining our Yosemite guided hikes each year (and more than 10,000 joining Wildland hiking and backpacking tours company-wide), we have earned an exceptional online reputation for providing outdoor adventures that exceed guests’ expectations. Our guests have given us 5-star status on the Yosemite National Park Trip Advisor page . You can also check us out on Yelp, Google, Facebook and Trust Pilot to read more reviews!
3. FANTASTIC MEALS AND TOP OF THE LINE GEAR
Meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day are included on all of Wildland Trekking’s guided Yosemite hikes. Guests regularly give rave reviews about our meals, which are prepared using real and fresh ingredients. We can accommodate nearly any dietary restrictions and specialty diets, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and paleo. Some diets may require an additional fee. Nearly gear on our trips is provided and from premier, top-of-the-line manufacturers.
5. ALL-INCLUSIVE TOURS
We feel strongly that providing as much as possible for our guests is the best thing for them. One of the great benefits of joining a guided Yosemite backpacking trip or hiking tour is not having to worry about much. For this reason we provide almost meals, almost all gear, local transportation, permits and reservations and more.
2. FANTASTIC HIKING GUIDES
At Wildland we go to great lengths to hire the right people, train them well, support them to be their best, and to generally create a culture of excellence, professionalism and integrity. In Yosemite specifically, our guides are very knowledgeable about the incredible glacial and geologic history of the Park as well as the human and ecological components. Our team is expert with all aspects of Yosemite hiking and backpacking. We are also, to our knowledge, the only hiking and backpacking company in Yosemite that complies with all California labor laws.
4. SAFETY IS #1 PRIORITY
Yosemite, like all of Wildland Trekking’s destinations, is a national park with plenty of natural hazards. We take these dangers very seriously and go to great lengths to make sure safety is also our top priority. All guides are certified Wilderness First Responders or EMTs, and are trained on Wildland’s field and medical protocols. All trips travel with a satellite phone or GPS emergency locator (sometimes both) and extensive, company-issued first aid kits. We have a 24-hour emergency line that guides, guests and family members can call at any time to connect with a Wildland manager.
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Are there guided hikes in yosemite.
Yosemite is one of the best places in the USA to join a guided hike. With a quality guide company, you can beat the crowds, explore more of the Park, make the most of your time in Yosemite, and learn about the amazing history of not just Yosemite, but also the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. On a multi-day guided Yosemite hike, you can enjoy having all of the details (permits, reservations, gear, meals, transportation…etc.) taken care of for you so you can focus 100% on soaking up the magic of America’s third national park.
About our yosemite hikes
Yosemite National Park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails to explore, and we’re here to show you the very best that this world-renowned location has to offer. Whether you want to take your family on an easy day hike to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome or you wish to make a more arduous backpacking journey to the top of some of the most beautiful mountains in the Sierras, we will guide you on a trekking adventure you won’t soon forget! You’ll see breathtaking waterfalls, endless meadows, wildlife, amazing glacial history, and possibly the largest living organisms of all time — the Giant Sequoias.
Join hikers from all over the world on the well-traversed trails or take the roads less traveled and experience the stunning natural beauty of high mountain lakes, stunning alpine basins, soaring peaks and more in solitude. Yosemite has it all, and we want to help you experience it.
yosemite guided hikes and backpacking trips
Our Eastern Sierra and Yosemite backpacking tours are sure to delight any outdoor enthusiast who’s up for a little more of a challenge than a light hike can offer. Escape the day-trip crowds and enjoy yourself while our team takes care of all the pesky details. We provide permits, food, equipment and the expertise you need to enjoy your four- to seven-day adventure on the famous trails and vast wilderness of Yosemite.
yosemite tours with light backpacks
For those looking for a less strenuous vacation, we offer an array of guided hiking packages to meet your needs as you cross Yosemite off your bucket list:
- Portered hikes: Sleep under the stars and enjoy the stunning terrain without a backpack weighing you down.
- Basecamp hiking tours: Set up camp in an established campground and enjoy a series of extraordinary day hikes.
- Inn-based hiking tours: Enjoy the full vacation experience as you enjoy guided hikes throughout the day and a warm bed at a historic lodging at night.
- Day trip hikes: Take your family for a few hours of fun and excitement as you maximize your time in Yosemite.
On all of our tours, our knowledgeable, professional guides will be with you every step of the way to tell you more about Yosemite’s rich history and geology and answer your questions about the area.
Looking for a gorgeous hiking spot for you and your family, but not sure where to begin? Look no further than Wildland Trekking and our all-inclusive Yosemite tours.
At Wildland Trekking, we take the guesswork out of your vacation planning. Our experts are here to help you choose the right trail based on your needs, outfit you with top-of-the-line gear, provide you with fantastic meals, and ease any worries you might have so that you can relax and enjoy yourself on your adventure.
YOSEMITE HIKING TOUR OR BACKPACKING TRIP?
A question we get a lot is whether to join a Yosemite backpacking trip, or some other sort of hiking vacation like a portered hike, inn-based tour, basecamp tour, or day hike. The primary question to answer in this regard is whether you want to challenge yourself with a heavier backpack and more adventurous trip? If the answer is yes, then a backpacking trip is the way to go. If the answer is no, then a portered trip offers the ability to still experience Yosemite’s backcountry without the heavier backpack; inn-based and basecamp tours offer wonderful hiking vacation packages with lodging or tent accommodations; and day hikes are an excellent way to optimize a day or two at the Park!
WHEN SHOULD I HIKE YOSEMITE?
Yosemite is one of those unique national parks that are great 4 season destinations. Spring offers lush vegetation, thin crowds, and thundering waterfalls from snowmelt. Summer is the time of year to explore both Yosemite Valley and the high country, which by then has melted out from the winter snowpack, however it is also the busiest time of year to hike this amazing national park. Fall is magical in the Sierras with diminished crowds, wonderful temperatures, and active wildlife. Winter is a peaceful time with plenty of great hiking and snowshoeing options in Yosemite Valley and the high country.
WHY JOIN A GUIDED HIKE?
One of the world’s most popular and famous national parks, Yosemite offers a staggering number of trekking options and, along with those, also its fair share of summer crowds. A guided hiking trip or backpacking tour is an option to go with experts who know the best trails, the must-see highlights, and how to minimize the impact of crowds on your experience. Also, you can travel with only your clothes and personal belongings and allow us to take care of gear, permits, local transportation, food…etc. so you can focus 100% on enjoying your national park hike!
OTHER AMAZING CALIFORNIA TREKKING DESTINATIONS
There are many world class California hiking destinations . The first one worth mentioning is the stunning wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas outside national parks. The Eastern Sierras especially are a high country paradise with profoundly great trekking and backpacking options. These mountains are dotted with alpine lakes, beautiful creeks and streams, soaring granite peaks and more.
Another worthy mention is Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is a wonderful winter destination, as it’s a low elevation desert environment. We offer multiple tours in Death Valley , ranging from inn-based tours, camping tours and backpacking trips, all of which are some of our most popular winter trips.
Two more amazing California destinations are Joshua Tree National Park and the Lost Coast . Joshua Tree, like Death Valley, is part of the Mojave Desert and so is a fantastic winter, spring and fall destination. The Lost Coast, a wild area bordering the Pacific Ocean in Northern California, offers a spectacular coastal backpacking trip with black sand beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and dramatic scenery.
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- ULTIMATE GUIDE TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK : This is a blog post written by Wildland staff to help visitors make the most of their visit to Yosemite.
- WHEN TO VISIT YOSEMITE : Get information on every month of the year and find out which one will work best for you.
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Yosemite's Legendary Hiking
Yosemite National Park has more than 800 miles of outstanding hiking trails with unsurpassed views of mountain peaks and dramatic waterfalls. We offer guided day hikes ranging in length from just a few hours to full-day trips (for the most fit and experienced hikers) to the top of Half Dome. Additionally, we offer custom hiking trips for groups of all sizes. For extended backpacking trips, the High Sierra Camps provide tent cabins and food—letting you carry a significantly lighter backpack on your journey.
Guided Custom Hikes
For a truly personalized hiking experience, hire a private hiking guide to design a hike specifically tuned to your preferences and hiking ability.
Guided Group Hikes
Half-day and full-day group hikes are offered from late May through early September for hikers of all experience levels.
Guided Half Dome Hikes
If you’re an exceptionally fit and experienced hiker, you may have your eye on conquering the summit of Half Dome. Rising nearly a mile above Yosemite Valley, Half Dome is an icon of Yosemite National Park and an exhilarating and challenging climb—but well worth it to experience the unrivaled views and sense of accomplishment.
Guided High Sierra Camp Hikes
If you're not accustomed to hiking in the mountains—or simply want the comfort of an experienced guide who will share their knowledge and passion for hiking—guided trips through the High Sierra Camps are a wonderful choice.
There are many hikes suitable for intermediate hikers, families with children, inexperienced hikers, and everything in between. Here are some of our favorite hikes in Yosemite.
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Come relax and experience iconic Yosemite hiking at its finest, and let us take care of the rest! Our custom Yosemite hiking tours are designed with and for you based on your interest and ability. Our professional guides can take you and your family on an easy hike in the valley, on a moderate hike to view a spectacular sunset, through some awesome high-elevation meadows where wildflowers are endless, to the top of some of the most famous waterfalls, or to the summit of famous peaks such as Clouds Rest and Half Dome . Hike Mt Hoffman for a more strenuous, but rewarding challenge or try 4-Mile Trail to Glacier Point for an easier, scenic hike.
On all of our Yosemite hiking tours, our experienced and fun guides will teach you about some of the history, ecology, and geology of the Yosemite area. Guides will also introduce you to some wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace principles.
Still trying to figure out which Yosemite hiking tours are best for you?
In addition to the choices of hikes listed below, you can feel free to contact us regarding different Yosemite hiking tours that would best suit your needs or altering any specific itinerary listed below.
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- Views of Yosemite Valley
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- Yosemite's Most Popular Trail
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Clouds Rest Hike
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Giant Sequoia Grove Hike
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- Giant Sequioas
- Secluded Forest
Mount Hoffman Hike
- Mount Hoffman
- A John Muir Favorite
North Dome Day Hike
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Tuolumne Meadows Tour
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The Half Dome hike in Yosemite is truly a trip of a lifetime! Hiking Half Dome in a day consists of a 16-mile round-trip trek that takes all day and ascends nearly 5,000 feet, passing two majestic waterfalls and ascending a steep cable route before arriving at the top of the famous 8,842′ granite dome. While this is one of the most strenuous Yosemite hiking tours we offer, our guides will take the necessary time to educate you on the natural history, geology, and prominent figures who helped shape Yosemite as we know it today.
Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park and the most photographed natural landmark in the world. Day hikers will begin their journey in Happy Isles and ascend hundreds of steep granite steps via the steep Mist Trail next to both Vernal and Nevada Fall. This hike culminates with a steep cable system where you will climb the last 425 vertical feet using a 1/2-inch steel cable handrail. While it is a guaranteed adrenaline rush, our knowledgeable guides will provide guidance and techniques to keep you as comfortable as possible while ascending. Once atop this famous landmark (featured on the 2005 US Quarter) you will have unparalleled views of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon, and almost the entire Yosemite high country.
Yosemite Hiking Tours from Yosemite Valley
The Yosemite Valley is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the world, featuring stunning views of Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and more.
We offer customizable route options ranging from easy and informative valley tours to intense and adventurous mountain ascents, featuring some of the best trails in and around Yosemite Valley! Explore the park’s life-changing views and rich history with our expert staff guiding you through encounters with both well known icons and local secrets.
To get the most out of Yosemite on a time crunch, there’s no better experience than a day tour with our knowledgable guides!
Yosemite Hiking Tours along Tioga Road
Ditch the Yosemite Valley crowds and explore lesser-known gems on one of our Yosemite hiking tours along Tioga Road.
Hike to the top of Clouds Rest, North Dome or Mount Hoffman, immerse yourself in a grove of giant sequioas, or stroll the stunning beauty of Tuolumne Meadows.
No matter your interest or ability, we have a perfect day hike adventure for you!
Yosemite Hiking Tours – 2023 Rates
Full Day Hikes (<8 hours)
groups of 1-2 people: $600 for a private hike
groups of 3-4 people: $700 for a private hike
5+ people: $150/each
There is an additional cost for day hikes requiring bus tickets, amounting to about $30/person.
Extended Day Hikes (>8 hours)
groups of 1-2 people: $700 for a private hike
groups of 3-4 people: $800 for a private hike
5+ people at $200/each
Half Dome in Day Hike (Bringing your own permit)
groups of 1-2 people: $750 for a private hike
3+ people at $375/each
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Yosemite National Park is considered by many to be the greatest hiking destination on the planet. It offers trails renowned for their epic scenery bringing you up close and personal to the world’s tallest waterfalls, grandest rock walls, and the largest trees (Giant Sequoias). All SYMG Day Hikes are privately scheduled meaning it’s you, your group, and your SYMG guide hitting the trail. The day is customized to your specific goals so we can help you make the most of your time in Yosemite!
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All you need to bring is your lunch, personal clothing, and water for the day (2-3 liters per person) and we take care of the rest. Each SYMG guide carries with them a first aid kit, a trail map, interpretive guides to the park, and identification guides for flora and fauna you may observe on the trail.
Yosemite’s most famous waterfalls include:
- Yosemite Falls (2425’)
- Vernal Falls (317’)
- Nevada Falls (594’)
- Illilouette Falls (370’)
Yosemite Valley is home to an incredible number and variety of waterfalls. During spring and early summer, Yosemite has hundreds of cascades pouring from the rim of the valley and eventually reaching the Merced River. With all of our Day Hikes you will have the opportunity to see several of the most famous falls in the Park. We commonly visit Yosemite’s Grand Staircase which takes you along the beginning of the John Muir Trail past Illilouette Falls (370’), Vernal Falls (317’) and to the top of Nevada Falls (594’). You’ll also see Yosemite Falls (2425’) during portions of your day. In the later part of summer, some of the waterfalls will have less water (or will be dry), however, there are a few waterfalls that flow all year round!
When you join SYMG for a hiking tour in Yosemite, you can trust that you are traveling with an expert who knows the ins and outs of the park and can help make the most of your time. We offer an insider’s knowledge to the best trail systems, bringing you to the postcard quality vistas while helping you experience Yosemite’s peacefulness without the crowds and traffic. SYMG guides are trained experts each with their own unique specialties in Yosemite’s specific geology, indigenous history, flora & fauna, cultural history, etc.
- An expert guide well versed in interpretive knowledge of the Yosemite area. Your guide will take care of all the navigation, permitting, safety and planning for the day
- Optional gear such as day packs and trekking poles (available upon request)
- A variety of hiking itineraries that range from family-friendly (with options for bathrooms and breaks during the hike) to more advanced/challenging hikes with longer mileage and elevation gains.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the designated meeting location wearing an SYMG hat and shirt. They will also be holding a sign with your name on it, so you can more easily identify who is your guide for the day.
More Ways to Experience Yosemite & the High Sierra
Guided Backpacking Trips
At SYMG we specialize in planning and executing incredible Yosemite and High Sierra Backpacking Adventures. From three day Half Dome Trips to expedition-style John Muir Trail Adventures, we can do it all, and have since 1991. Our professional guides are renowned for their amazing backcountry cuisine and add color to the experience through natural and cultural history interpretation. In addition to the trips listed below that anyone may join, we can also organize private departures of any of our trips, or even create a custom trip just for you.
Pack Supported Trekking Trips
Want to get out in the backcountry but don't want to carry a heavy backpack? Then our Yosemite and High Sierra Pack Trips are just the thing for you! We don't hike with the mules each day, but they do pack our gear and provisions along the trail, leaving you to enjoy the day and explore with your professional guide. Plush camps, amazing food, world-class scenery, and engaging guides make SYMG's Horsepack supported trips through the Yosemite High Country a trip to remember. In addition to the Pack Trips we offer, we can also organize private departures of any of our trips, or even create a custom trip just for you.
Since 1991 we've been offering Guided Yosemite Climbing in the southern Yosemite high country. All of our day trips are privately arranged and your personal guide will cater the days to your own personal interests and abilities. From easy top-roping for the family to challenging multi-pitch trad and sport routes, we can do it all. And if you're looking to expand your own skill set, consider our Rock Climbing Instruction courses: the rock climbing skills day and rock climbing camps.
Guided Yosemite Camping Weekends
Join SYMG for Yosemite camping adventures focusing on hiking and rock climbing. Our professional guides cater the trips to your own personal interests and abilities, making these adventures a great choice for anyone. In addition the dates advertised, we can create custom trips for you based on your own preferences and timeframe. Great scenery, amazing food, well-provisioned camps, and fabulous guides make for an unforgettable experience.
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Born from the travels of our renowned guiding staff, SYMG's International Adventure & Hiking Trips are have offered something distinctive for our travelers since 1991, while earning us the reputation as one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth".
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Yosemite Guided Hikes
YExplore has guided tours in Yosemite National Park for groups of all ages in every season. We guarantee smaller rosters for a better experience on your Yosemite tour. We will customize a tour for you with any group size. All tours have a privacy option. See all the options below and book, call or email [email protected] today.
Adventurous Hikes in Yosemite National Park
Beginner hikes from $135, moderate hikes from $135, intermediate hikes from $135.
Achieve new heights on some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails. They will generally be longer than a moderate hike with more dramatic elevation gains.
Challenging Hikes From $135
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Strenuous Hike From $255
Embark on a journey that will test your personal boundaries in some of the most demanding terrain in Yosemite.
Explore our Yosemite Guided Hikes to make a lifelong connection with Yosemite National Park. Learn about the natural world and listen to the stories of Yosemite while we hike to some of the best photo spots in the park. Our guided Yosemite adventure hikes range from gentle half-day journeys that uncover natural beauty only seen on a particular trail to all-day treks that deliver rewarding vistas and true accomplishments. Strenuous hikes are also available to satisfy demanding eco tourists who strive for extraordinary challenges. Each adventure tour we offer is a unique interpretive educational experience. Our guides have roamed Yosemite and its backcountry for many years and will take pride in showing you some of the ‘secret trails’. Our main focus will be making sure you leave Yosemite with a new found knowledge of this wonderland and some of the best photos in your album. While we will share many tales of Yosemite with you, we will encourage you to write your own chapter. Adventure Hikes in Yosemite National Park for individuals,groups, and families of all ages and experience levels in every season. We guarantee smaller rosters for a more personal experience.
We plan our calendar of events based on weather conditions and road access. Some tours are only available at certain times of year. You may inquire with us if you do not see an event listed on the calendar on the date you wish to visit Yosemite. Guided Yosemite Hiking Tours (from Beginner to Challenging) are priced at $255 for 1 person and are discounted based on the size of the group. Half Dome & other Strenuous Hikes begin at $305 for 1 person & must be booked separately.
Guided hikes – various levels, some yosemite hiking tours may be available in spanish (ofrecemos viajes en español). please check for availability., beginner hikes (level 1 of 5).
Enjoy a pleasant half-day hike on a relatively gentle trail in Yosemite Valley or the High Country that will allow for excellent photo opportunities and a chance to picnic perched atop a magnificent vista point or alongside a meadow, lake, or stream. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners. Expect to hike four to five miles with minimal elevation gains. Tours will last approximately four to five hours.
Beginner Yosemite Guided Hikes: Eastern Yosemite Valley & Mirror Lake, Western Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Sentinel Dome & Taft Point, Tuolumne Meadows ( Read Beginner Trip Descriptions.. )
Moderate Hikes (Level 2 of 5)
Escape from the masses and take some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails a little further. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners and novice hikers. Expect to hike five to six miles with elevation gains up to 1000 feet. Tours will last approximately five to six hours.
Moderate Yosemite Guided Hikes: Inspiration Point, Sentinel Dome and Taft Point, Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, Lembert Dome and Dog Lake, Eastern Yosemite Valley, Western Yosemite Valley, Panorama Trail to Illilouette Falls, Elizabeth Lake ( Read Moderate Trip Descriptions.. )
Intermediate Hikes (Level 3 of 5)
Achieve new heights on some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails. They will generally be longer than a moderate hike with more dramatic elevation gains. These demanding hiking tours are perfect for novice and experienced hikers and will offer a different perspective of the distinct character of the Valley and High Country. Expect to hike up to eight miles with elevation gains up to 2000 feet. Tours will last approximately six to seven hours.
Intermediate Yosemite Guided Hikes: Yosemite Falls & Western Yosemite Valley, JMT Waterfalls, Glacier Point to Taft Point via Sentinel Dome, Dewey & Crocker Points, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Tuolumne & Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, May Lake & Raisin Lake, Gaylor Lakes ( Read Intermediate Trip Descriptions.. )
Challenging Hikes (Level 4 of 5)
Challenge yourself to go the extra mile (or two), and you will be rewarded with incomparable views and a greater sense of accomplishment. The added demands of these hiking tours are for adventure travelers who are experienced hikers and/or fitness enthusiasts. Expect to hike up to ten miles with various elevation gains up to 3000 feet. Tours will last approximately seven to eight hours.
Challenging Yosemite Guided Hikes: Mist Trail/JMT Waterfalls: Vernal and Nevada Falls, Panorama Trail (Glacier Point to Nevada Fall), Ostrander Lake, Chilnualna Falls, Mt. Hoffman, North Dome, Cathedral Lakes ( Read Challenging Trip Descriptions.. )
Strenuous Hikes (Level 5 of 5)
Embark on a journey of self discovery during this experience that will test your personal boundaries in some of the most demanding terrain in Yosemite. Panoramic views are as incomparable as the sense of achievement you will feel upon completion of these über hikes. Typical Strenuous Hikes would include trails to Waterwheel Falls, El Capitan, Clouds Rest, & Half Dome summit attempts. These advanced tours encounter steep elevation gains and are for adventure travelers with extensive hiking experience and/or physical training. Each participant must seriously train for these tours. Expect to hike over fifteen miles with elevation gains of 3000 to 5000 feet. Tours will last seven to ten hours with the Half Dome Hike potentially lasting longer.
Strenuous Yosemite Guided Hikes: Half Dome, Upper Yosemite Fall, El Capitan, 4 Mile Trail (Valley to Glacier Point), Clouds Rest, Glen Aulin Waterfalls, Mt. Dana, Vogelsang Lake, Ten Lakes Pass, Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point to Dewey Point ( Read Strenuous Trip Descriptions.. )
Half Dome Hikes
Summiting Half Dome is a major accomplishment, and our Guided Half Dome Hikes provide preparation, trail knowledge, coaching, and the benefit of added security for anyone attempting this remarkable feat. We prepare you for the long one-day journey, provide insight to the trails, offer assistance on the cables, and help you maintain your confidence throughout the day so you are able to focus on achieving your goal. Join us for a Strenuous Half Dome hiking tour and reward yourself with breathtaking views and a true sense of fulfillment.
URGENT NOTE: Half Dome now requires permits on all days during the summer season. There will now be a quota system in place. Please contact us if you obtained your own permits through the lottery and would like a guided experience or inquire about our limited number of permits we have acquired in the lottery reservation system.
Spend quality time with your family while learning the natural history of Yosemite. These interpretations combine short easy hikes with outdoor educational sessions that will benefit children and parents alike. We offer these introductory Beginner and Moderate Hikes at a special discount to families. Expect to hike four to six miles with minimal elevation gains. Tours will last approximately four to five hours.
Please Note: Family Tours are designed for families of 4 or more members with a $520 minimum charge. Infants and small children in child carriers are free. CALL 800 886-8009 for AVAILABILITY
The winter months offer exclusive opportunities to enjoy Yosemite’s trails from a truly different perspective on a pair of snowshoes. These outings explore lesser known trails and will be conducted as hikes if we do not have a sufficient amount of snow in the area.
Group Tours & Company Outings
There’s no better place than the trails of Yosemite National Park to engage in team oriented custom activities for your organization. Our tours would be perfect for skill development and team building for your group.
Honeymoons, Anniversaries, & Special Occasions
If you visit Yosemite for any special occasion, we will gladly create a custom private tour for you. We specialize in honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, family events, holiday celebrations, graduations, and lifetime achievements. We add personal touches to make your special occasion more memorable.
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Yosemite Beginner Hike Descriptions
Beginner hiking tours: (level 1 of 5), mirror lake and eastern yosemite valley.
Journey through Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Falls and/or Mirror Lake. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the land called Ahwahnee. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters. Distance: 4-5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: Minimal (start at 4000 feet) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Western Yosemite Valley
Discover the quieter side of Yosemite Valley while hiking below 3000 foot cliffs and leaping waterfalls while we discuss the natural history of wondrous Yosemite National Park. Hike along the Merced River and listen to the stories of this remarkable valley and its people while meandering down tree lined paths with breathtaking views. Distance: 3-4 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: Minimal (start at 4000 feet) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Enjoy a pleasant half-day hike on a gentle path in one of Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia groves while we visit some of the largest living organisms in the world. The trail follows the Big Oak Flat Road (one of the first historic roads that led to Yosemite Valley) and was in use for over a century. We will discuss the unique ecological roles of these trees as well as the history and natural world of Yosemite National Park. This activity is perfect for beginners and families. Interpretive Tours will travel approximately 3 miles and last 4 hours.
Distance: 3 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~ 500 feet (start at 6200 feet at trailhead and descend to 5700 feet in Grove) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-April
Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias
Explore Yosemite’s least visited grove of Giant Sequoias with an opportunity to photograph a classic cabin nestled in the Sierra redwoods. This relatively easy half-day hike on a gentle path leads us to 20 mature trees which are some of the largest in the world. We will discuss the unique ecological roles of these trees as well as the history and natural world of Yosemite National Park. This activity is perfect for beginners and families. Interpretive Tours will travel approximately 4 miles and last 4 hours.
Distance: ~4 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: >500 feet (start at ~6000 feet at trailhead and descend to 5469 feet in Grove) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-April
Sentinel Dome and Taft Point
The exciting day begins with relatively short access to one of Yosemite’s 8000+ foot peaks while learning about some of the natural features of the park along the way. From the summit of Sentinel Dome, we will have breathtaking panoramic views of all of Yosemite. We will then travel to discover some of Yosemite’s geological wonders, the Taft Point Fissures. The Taft Point overlook presents us with one last spectacular vista before we return. This versatile hike can be customized to be a Gentle, Moderate, or Intermediate Hiking Tour based on your group’s needs. Distance: 4.5 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~<700 feet (7720′ at trailhead-8122 feet at Sentinel Dome-7503 feet at Taft Point) Time: ~4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Discover the beauty of a pristine subalpine lake in the center of Yosemite National Park. The trail gradually leads to May Lake which sits directly below Mt. Hoffman’s summit. From the the lake, we will take a couple of side trips to gain sweeping vistas of the Cathedral Range amidst unique geological features. This hike is 3.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 650 feet and should last about 4 hours. Swimming opportunities will present themselves at May Lake on the return. Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 650 feet (8900-9450 feet) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 40 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Follow the Tuolumne River on a gentle trail through a meadow system contained in a basin about 2.5 miles long and explore Yosemite’s high country throughout the summer months. Sitting below the Cathedral Range, Tuolumne Meadows is the largest subalpine meadow system in the Sierra Nevada and is home to some different species of animals not found in Yosemite Valley. We will search for Belding squirrels and elusive pikas as we learn about the natural history of Yosemite on this pleasant half day hike. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters.
Distance: ~4 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: Minimal (start at 8600 feet) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Yosemite Moderate Hike Descriptions
Moderate hiking tours: (level 2 of 5).
Escape from the masses and take some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails a little farther. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners and novice hikers. Expect to hike five to six miles with elevation gains up to 1000 feet. Tours will last approximately five to six hours.
Travel back in time on one of Yosemite’s most storied trails and find your inspiration on a breathtaking hike up the south rim of Yosemite Valley. This gently used trail leads to one of the Valley’s hallmark vistas. We will uncover many of the same views witnessed by the first western visitors of Yosemite and will be visiting the site of the 1851 “Discovery of the Yosemite”. On this hike, we will discuss the importance of this “discovery” and history of Yosemite National Park. Distance: 6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1400 feet (4000′ – 5400′) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 48 ounces Best time to visit: October-April
The exciting day begins with relatively short access to one of Yosemite’s 8000+ foot peaks while learning about the some of the natural features of the park along the way. From the summit of Sentinel Dome, we will have breathtaking panoramic views of all of Yosemite. We will then travel a very scenic alternative trail to discover some of Yosemite’s geological wonders, the Taft Point Fissures. The Taft Point overlook presents us with one last spectacular vista before we return. This versatile hike can be customized to be a Gentle, Moderate, or Intermediate Hiking Tour based on your group’s needs. Distance: 5.5 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~<1000 feet (7720′ at trailhead-8122 feet at Sentinel Dome-7503 feet at Taft Point) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 48 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy
Explore Hetch Hetchy and discover the ‘less traveled’ Twin Valley of Yosemite. This hike is considered one of Yosemite’s most scenic as it encompasses the area favored by John Muir. As we travel past the roaring O’Shaughnessy Dam, we escape through a tunnel to a tranquil setting along the peaceful path of the Tuolumne River. We continue along our trail that is lined with wildflowers in spring to the hike’s terminus, the Wapama Fall which stands at 1080 feet tall and is the most powerful fall in Yosemite. Distance: 5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: <500 feet Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 48 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Lembert Dome & Dog Lake
Spend an exciting day discovering sweeping vistas of Yosemite’s High Country above Tuolumne Meadows. Hike up a small but steep slope to the summit of Lembert Dome where we will have broad views of the Cathedral Range as well as many of the high peaks in Yosemite including Mt. Lyell, its highest. We then descend to one of Yosemite’s most pristine settings, Dog Lake, where we will picnic before we return down the trail to complete the loop. There will be an opportunity to swim in the shallow water of Dog Lake. Distance: 4 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 800+ feet (8650′ – 9450′ with some loss and gain) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 48 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Journey through Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the land called Ahwahnee. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters. Distance: 5-6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: Minimal (start at 4000 feet) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Discover the quieter side of Yosemite Valley while hiking below 3000 foot cliffs and leaping waterfalls while we discuss the natural history of wondrous Yosemite National Park. Hike along the Merced River and listen to the stories of this remarkable valley and its people while meandering down tree lined paths with breathtaking views. Distance: 5-6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: Minimal (start at 4000 feet) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Panorama Trail to Illilouette Fall
Explore Glacier Point then capture astonishing images of Half Dome with Vernal and Nevada Falls along the Panorama Trail. Continue down the trail to Illilouette Falls and bathe in a swimming hole in the creek before making the return trip back uphill to Glacier Point. This is also a popular trail for potential wildlife encounters.
Distance: up to 5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1400 feet (7220′ – 5800′) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 48 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
* Please note the return trip up to Glacier Point is steep and this trail can be very hot in summer months.
Start your hike in Tuolumne Meadows and rise to discover a true gem of the Yosemite high country. Elizabeth Lake sits directly below Unicorn Peak in the Cathedral Range. This is an ideal hike for swimming, and after a relatively short 2.3 mile hike to the shore, you will be able to take a dip in its cool inviting water. There will be opportunities to walk around and photograph the lake from several different perspectives.
Distance: ~5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 900 feet (8600′ – 9500′) Time: 4 hours Water Requirements: 32 ounces Best time to visit: July-October
Yosemite Intermediate Hike Descriptions
Intermediate hiking tours: (level 3 of 5).
Achieve new heights on some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails. They will generally be longer than a moderate hike with more dramatic elevation gains. These demanding hiking tours are perfect for novice and experienced hikers and will offer a different perspective of the distinct character of the Valley and High Country. Expect to hike up to eight miles with elevation gains up to 2000 feet. Tours will last approximately six to seven hours.
Yosemite Falls and Western Yosemite Valley
Begin your morning hiking up steep switchbacks (1000 feet in 1 mile) to one of the most breathtaking views you can ever imagine. After standing face to face with the Upper Yosemite Fall, the hard part of your day will be complete, and you will spend the rest of the hike wandering around the western end of Yosemite Valley photographing along the Merced River. Distance: 6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1000 feet Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 60 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Mist Trail/JMT: Vernal Fall
Step on the Mist Trail and hike the first leg of the giant granite staircase. Experience Yosemite Valley’s all-year waterfalls on this path which is famous for soaking its visitors in late spring. This hike is steep but very rewarding. The breathtaking views are worth the steep climb up the granite-carved steps, and this tour allows us to experience as much of the beauty of the JMT without the extra 600 feet of elevation gain. One overlook on the Clark Trail cutoff is one of the most spectacular waterfall views in all of Yosemite. Some portions of this trail are closed during icy conditions in winter months. If they are not accessible, we will attain other exciting views along the John Muir Trail which remains open throughout the year. We will traverse along this path for various sections of the hike regardless of the status of the other trail. Distance: 5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1400 feet Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 70 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Glacier Point to Taft Point via Sentinel Dome
Start the day from Glacier Point, Yosemite’s best view of Half Dome. From there, we will ascend 900 feet over the next mile to Sentinel Dome. This is, by far, the most challenging stretch of hiking for the day. We’ll catch our breaths on the summit of Sentinel Dome, and have breathtaking panoramic views of all of Yosemite with a well deserved snack. We will then travel to discover some of Yosemite’s geological wonders, the Taft Point Fissures. The Taft Point overlook presents us with one last spectacular vista before we return along a quieter trail. This versatile hike can be customized to be a Gentle, Moderate, or Intermediate Hiking Tour based on your group’s needs. Distance: 8 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~1300 feet (7200′ at trailhead-8122 feet at Sentinel Dome-7503 feet at Taft Point) Time: ~6 hours Water Requirements: 70 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Dewey Point & Crocker Points
Explore the trails of Yosemite Valley’s South Rim and discover breathtaking scenery over three thousand feet above the valley floor. This interpretive hike meanders through lush meadows with countless wildflowers to striking vistas with awe-inspiring views of the glacier carved Yosemite Valley and the high country ranges. Distance: ~9 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 500 feet Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 70 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Visit Galen Clark’s beloved giant sequoias and spend a day learning about fire ecology in the national park. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Valley were the first protected wild lands in the world. Explore the trails to the lower and upper groves for an exceptional experience witnessing some of the largest and oldest living organisms in the world. We will discuss the unique ecological roles of these trees as well as the history and natural world of Yosemite National Park. In the lower grove we will visit the famous Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree. From there, we will also explore the upper grove to see some new growth sequoias that offer a promising future for the species. You will also visit a replica of former guardian Galen Clark’s cabin along with the tree named after him as well as Wawona Point. Distance: ~6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~ 1200 feet (start at 5600 feet at trailhead and descend to 6810 feet in Grove) Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 70 ounces Best time to visit: September-July
Tuolumne Grove & Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias Combo (Requires driving to both groves separately)
Enjoy a pleasant day hiking on a gentle paths in two of Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia groves while we visit some of the largest living organisms in the world. The trail follows two roads that are only accessible by foot as we explore Yosemite’s northern groves of about 45 mature Giant Sequoias. We will discuss the unique ecological roles of these trees as well as the history and natural world of Yosemite National Park. After visiting the first grove, we will take a short drive to the next for more opportunities to photograph some of the most impressive giants of Yosemite. Distance: ~7 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~ 500 feet (start at 6200 feet at trailhead and descend to 5700 feet in Grove) Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 60 ounces Best time to visit: October-April
May Lake & Raisin Lake
Discover 2 pristine Yosemite lakes with magnificent views of Mt. Hoffman and other high country mountain ranges throughout this hike. The trail gradually leads to May Lake which sits directly below Mt. Hoffman’s summit. Then it’s off to the tranquility of Raisin Lake. This hike is 6 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Swimming opportunities will present themselves at May Lake on the return. Distance: 6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1000 feet Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 60 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
At Tioga Pass sits a trailhead to one of Yosemite’s most unique hikes, yet it stays undiscovered by the average hiker. A steep early climb offers sweeping vistas of some of Yosemite’s tallest summits and an opportunity to climb the 11,000′ Gaylor Peak. From there you will descend to the Gaylor Lakes and explore an old mine site on the Yosemite National Park boundary before the return to explore more lakes on a cross-country route. Distance: ~4 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~1500 feet (9950-11,000 feet + losing & regaining elevation at the lakes) Time: 5 hours Water Requirements: 60 ounces Best time to visit: July-October
Yosemite Challenging Hike Descriptions
Challenging hiking tours: (level 4 of 5), mist trail/jmt waterfalls: vernal and nevada falls.
Explore Yosemite Valley’s all-year waterfalls and travel on its most storied trail, the JMT. The Mist Trail is famous for soaking its visitors in late spring but is often considered the Valley’s most scenic because it uncovers the most beauty per square mile. This hike is steep but very rewarding. At .9 miles we will uncover our first gem, Vernal Fall. From the bridge we will ascend the giant granite steps to the top of the falls and then proceed to Yosemite’s other year round falls, Nevada. The breathtaking views are just rewards for the steep climb out of the Valley. Some portions of this trail are closed during icy conditions in winter months. If they are not accessible, we will attain other exciting views along the John Muir Trail which remains open throughout the year. We will traverse along this path for various sections of the hike regardless of the status of the other trail. Distance: 7 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2000 feet Time: 6 hours Water Requirements: 70 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
Panorama Trail (Glacier Point to Nevada Fall)
Descend to the top of Nevada Fall from Glacier Point and discover 4 of Yosemite’s most prominent waterfalls along the way with up close and personal looks at Nevada and Illilouette Falls. Exceptional prospects of landscape photography will present themselves throughout the day. We may also seize the opportunity to cool off in a pool on the way back before our final climb back to Glacier Point on this challenging hike. Distance: 10 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: <2000 feet Time: 7 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Escape the crowds of Yosemite in summer to discover the tranquil setting of Ostrander Lake. Enjoy a quiet day on a lesser (human) traveled trail with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Distance: 12.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~1600 feet (7000′ – 8600′) Time: 7 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: July-October
Explore Southern Yosemite and discover the many cascades of Chilnualna Falls. This hike follows and crosses the creek as we spend the day continuously climbing higher on a trail that leads to the 5 tiered waterfall. Photographic opportunities await as we hop from drop to drop combining for nearly 600 feet of cascades. Distance: 9 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2300 feet (4200′ – 6500′) Time: 7 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: March-July
Mt. Hoffman & May Lake
Journey to the center of the earth, or at least the center of Yosemite National Park, for spectacular panoramic views of all its landmarks. John Muir was once asked what he would do if he only had 1 day in Yosemite so he suggested to “Go straight to Mount Hoffmann. From the summit nearly all the Yosemite Park is displayed like a map.”The trail gradually leads to May Lake for a breathtaking view of Mt. Hoffman. We continue around the lake and hike through steep rocky terrain. After a brief flat area of trail, we continue to climb with a minor scramble to the top where we will be greeted by several yellow bellied locals. Distance: 6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1950 feet (8900’ – 10,850’) Time: 5-6 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Explore Yosemite’s more accessible ‘other’ dome and enjoy a gradual trail that uncovers a spectacular face to face view of Half Dome. This trail allows you to journey into Yosemite’s high country while avoiding Yosemite Valley in the summer months. A short spur trail leads to an interesting arch rock formation that provides excellent photo opportunities. Distance: 9-10 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1000 feet (8100-7540 feet + gain and loss throughout trail) Time: 7 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: June-October
Visit 2 of Yosemite’s pristine sub alpine lakes and witness the effects of the ancient glaciers as they carved their way through the landscape of Yosemite’s High Country. The trail leads to Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes uncovering magnificent views of Echo, Tressider, and Cathedral Peaks. We then journey to one of Yosemite’s highest mountain passes before we turn around for one last glance at Cathedral Peak. Distance: 8.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: <1500 feet (8600’– 9800’ + some gain & loss to the lakes and pass) Time: ~6 hours Water Requirements: 80 ounces Best time to visit: July-October
Yosemite Strenuous Hike Descriptions
Strenuous hiking tours: (level 5 of 5), half dome .
Embark on a journey of self discovery where panoramic views are as incomparable as the sense of achievement you will feel upon completion of this epic adventure. Hike to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite’s most recognized landmark, and reward yourself with breathtaking views and a true sense of fulfillment.
Distance: 16.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 4842 feet (4000-8842 feet) Time: 10-12+ hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: May-October
Upper Yosemite Fall
Ascend Yosemite’s tallest waterfall and feel the rush of 2400 gallons of water per second as it leaps and crashes onto a ledge 1430 feet below and falls twice more before it finally feeds into the Merced River. From the Valley, we will first visit the base of the lower fall. Then we will hike along the famous switchbacks of the North Rim Wall and gain 3000 feet over the next 3.5 miles. Views of the Valley Floor are incomparable, and we will witness the face of Half Dome from several different perspectives. This trail has two very steep sections where we will gain 1000 feet in its first mile. After reaching the top of the Falls, we will have the option to complete the journey to Yosemite Point at 6,936 feet above sea level.
Distance: 8-10 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 3000 feet Time: 7 hours Water Requirements: 100 ounces Best time to visit: October-June
El Capitan and Eagle Peak
You don’t have to be a rock climber to reach the peak of Yosemite’s most imposing and the world’s largest block of granite. Best of all, you do not need a permit. This strenuous all day hike does not require pulling yourself up cables either. As a bonus, you can take a spur trail to the top of Eagle Peak, the highest of the 3 Brothers. On top of both peaks, you will have grandiose views of Yosemite Valley where you will gaze at Half Dome and other Valley highlights including Nevada and Yosemite Falls. There are 3 different approaches for this hike and we will choose our trailhead based on time of year.
Distance: 17/20/16 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~4500/2000/2000 feet (Summit of El Capitan 7569 feet) Time: 9-11 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: March-November
4 Mile Trail (Valley to Glacier Point)
Journey through time and follow in the footsteps of Yosemite’s earliest visitors along the 4 Mile Trail that leads from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point. Today’s trail is closer to 5 Miles and is filled with views of Sentinel Rock and western end of the valley that will leave you breathless. The hike gains over 3000 feet as we make our way up the challenging switchbacks with views of Half Dome, the Tenaya Canyon, and the high mountain peaks of the Eastern Border of the park.
Distance: 9.6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 3200 feet (4000-7214 feet) Time: ~8 hours Water Requirements: 100 ounces Best time to visit: March-June
Reach for the clouds from a less traveled trail and summit one of Yosemite’s most impressive peaks. Starting from Tenaya Lake, you will be rewarded by several high country vistas and will appreciate avoiding the valley crowds. Make your way up the ridge on the final ascent and enjoy the views nearly 6000’ above Yosemite Valley as you stand above Half Dome at 9926’. Distance: ~15 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~2500 feet (8120-9927 feet) big dropoff after 1st ascent Time: 7-9 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: July-October
Glen Aulin Waterfalls
Drop down into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River to discover a series of lesser known but no less dramatic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. Tuolumne Fall is first followed by White Cascade and on to Glen Aulin. Beyond Glen Aulin, we may explore farther down canyon to California and LeConte Fall. This is some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Yosemite. Distance: 11-15 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~1000 feet (8600-7900 feet at Glen Aulin) Time: 10-12 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: July-October
Reach the summit of the second tallest peak in Yosemite National Park while ascending an ancient volcanic mountain. You will only hike 6 miles and gain 3000 feet on this hike but don’t let that fool you as you climb from 10,000 to 13,000 feet in only 3 miles. You will hike through talus as you gain the summit and will take extra caution on the descent. Depending how you feel when we reach the summit, we may choose to extend the hike by reaching the 12,773 foot summit of Mt. Gibbs as well for an extra 1000 feet of gain along with 4 additional miles of hiking for a 10 mile roundtrip. Distance: 6 or 10 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 3100 feet or 4000 feet (9941-13,061 feet) big dropoff after 1st ascent Time: 7 hours (12 hours with Mt. Gibbs) Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: July-September
Visit the lake where the birds go to sing and enjoy one of the most spectacular high country lakes in all of Yosemite. No summer trip to Yosemite is compete without a visit to the high country. Vogelsang is one of many alpine lakes and will tempt you to take a swim in its inviting waters surrounded by majestic peaks. Distance: 14 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1500 feet (8600-10,100 feet) Time: 10 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: July-September
Ten Lakes Pass
Follow the creek from Grant Lakes (the headwaters of Yosemite Falls) to the Ten Lakes Pass for jaw-dropping scenery and incredible adventures. Gaze into the amazing landscape in every direction as we identify many of the highest peaks in the park. On the return trip, we hike to Grant Lakes and take a dip into the water that follows a path to Yosemite Falls and all the way down into the Valley. Distance: 15 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2200 feet (7600-9600 feet) Time: 10 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: July-October
Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point to Dewey Point
Step back through history on this steep climb from Tunnel View up onto the South Rim. Discover views of Yosemite seen on the first visit to Yosemite Valley from non natives as we make our first stop at Inspiration Point. Continue along the Pohono Trail for more tantalizing vistas at Stanford, Crocker, & Dewey Points before we make our long journey back to the trailhead. Distance: 10.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: ~3000 feet (4374-7200 feet with gains & losses on trail) Time: 10 hours Water Requirements: 120 ounces + 20 ounces of sports drink or or electrolyte mix Best time to visit: September-July
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