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Best of Tuolumne Meadows Tour

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Yosemite's High Country
  • Alpine Hiking
  • Stunning Views
  • Granite Peaks
  • Pristine Mountain Creeks
  • Delicious Snacks & Lunch

Description

Join Wildland Trekking for a day of exploration in Yosemite’s stunning high country on this full day tour of Tuolumne Meadows. This sight-seeing and hiking tour is offered to anyone staying in the town of Mariposa; at Autocamp Yosemite; anywhere on the Highway 140 corridor east of Mariposa, or in Yosemite Valley. We will pick you up at your accommodations the morning of your tour and provide a refreshing continental breakfast while we enjoy a scenic shuttle along the Merced River, through Yosemite National Park up to Tuolumne Meadows.

The guide will customize the tour to your interests and explain the fascinating natural and cultural history of Yosemite while we visit the must-see highlights of the Tuolumne Meadows. You will experience high alpine views, towering granite peaks and domes, the pristine Tuolumne River and more as we make our way through Yosemite. This full day tour features hiking and many picturesque stops along the way.

You can read about the specific itineraries, select dates and book online below. And we’re here 7 days a week to answer any questions at 800-715-HIKE (4453)!

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$225 Per Person
SEASON: JUN 15 - OCT 15

SEASON: JUN 15 - OCT 15

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 8-10 Hours

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hiking on this trip can range from level 1-2, depending on the preferences of the group. The hiking can be on very well maintained trails or no trail at all. Some concerns include loose dirt, large stepping stones and tree roots, granite slabs and/or creek crossings.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 4 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 1,000 feet

Heights Exposure:

Light

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 3-5 hours
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 1

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Details & Rates

Details & Rates

  • Shuttle Time: 4 hours round trip (from Mariposa)
  • Mileage: 2-4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal to 1000 feet

Your tour will start with pickup at your hotel between 7 and 8 am. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. After a short shuttle along the Merced River (if beginning in Mariposa or along Highway 140), we turn north and begin climbing into the high country. Tuolumne Meadows – a breathtaking landscape of rich alpine and subalpine grasslands with majestic creeks, lakes and granite domes – sits at an elevation of 8,600 feet (4,000+ feet above Yosemite Valley!)

The day is all about you, so your guide will customize the itinerary based on what you’re most interested in seeing and experiencing. Options include stopping at and/or hiking to dramatic viewpoints, stunning alpine lakes, alpine meadows, granite domes, swimming holes and more.  Without a doubt, you will enjoy views down into Yosemite Valley and up into the peaks of the High Sierra. Somewhere along the way, the guide will prepare a delicious picnic lunch with a great view.  After lunch, you will be transported back to your hotel for the conclusion of the tour.

Tour Rates

1 person: $620 per person
2 people: $350 per person
3 people: $310 per person
4-5 people: $260 per person
6-7 people: $225 per person
10 and under: $155 per person

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

Click on a date to register. You can also click here to request new dates or book through customer service.

Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this tour is June 15 through October 15.

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Round trip transportation from Mariposa, Autocamp Yosemite, anywhere on the Highway 140 corridor east of Mariposa or Yosemite Valley
  • Entrance into Yosemite National Park
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in the half-day or full-day time allotment
  • Breakfast, trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yosemite

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top
  • Warm hat and gloves (early summer, fall)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Food: What to Expect

Day hike tours include a continental breakfast, energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but as an example a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

We will pick you up at in Mariposa, CA; Autocamp Yosemite; anywhere on the Highway 140 corridor east of Mariposa or Yosemite Valley between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your trip to determine the exact rendezvous time and location.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
Alpine
hi
low
hi
low
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
December
48°
26°
46°
25°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (1 reviews)
Mari N
5.0

Perfect

10 months ago

Nick was the perfect guide, his knowledge of the park and its history made our hikes so much richer. He found the perfect trails for us to hike and kept us ahead of the crowds. A great experience from beginning to end.

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