Best of Yosemite Inn Based Tour
Yosemite, CA4.9 (16 reviews)
- Diversity of Hikes
- Spectacular Waterfalls & Domes
- Alpine Peak Ascent
- Amazing Glacial History
- Premier Lodging Outside the Park
- Wonderful Lodge & Picnic Meals
- Guides Choice Trip
Come join us for an extraordinary week of hiking in Yosemite National Park! Each day we’ll embark on exciting day hikes throughout the Park, and each evening we’ll return to a comfortable lodge where we’ll enjoy relaxing and charming restaurant meals and cozy rooms. We provide all the meals, lodging, local transportation, and an expert guide so you can relax and soak up Yosemite!
Our daily hikes cover the gamut from popular, classic hikes to lesser-known gems that we selected just for this trip and our Yosemite Basecamp Tour. We’ll spend time in Yosemite Valley, and we’ll venture up into the high country of Tuolumne Meadows. We’ll visit waterfalls, high peaks, stunning viewpoints, and giant Sequoia trees. You’ll get to see and experience an amazing amount of this park in just 5 days!
One of the most amazing aspects of visiting Yosemite is learning about its glacial history. Your guide will point out this history throughout the week, noting evidence such as sheered domes, mountains of moraine, massive boulders perched in impossible positions, and other unique features. You’ll also learn about Yosemite’s wildlife, Native American history, and early settler history.
$3365 Per Person
$700 Single Supplement
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 10 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 5-9 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 2000 feet day hiking
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 2000 feet day hiking
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip features a series of day hikes, so pack weight is under 10 pounds. We are on maintained trails, but there is significant elevation gain and loss on many of our hikes.
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with occasional breaks
SOLITUDE LEVEL 2
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Yosemite trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.
TRAVEL TO RUSH CREEK LODGE
You will meet your hiking guide and group at Rush Creek Lodge between 7 and 9 a.m. the morning the trip begins (pre-trip lodging at Rush Creek is an optional add-on). We can also meet you at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley on Day 1 if that works better for you. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the exact time and location of the rendezvous, which will depend on current weather and road conditions.
Personal or Rental Vehicle: You can most easily travel to and from Rush Creek Lodge using a personal vehicle or rental vehicle. Rush Creek Lodge is a half mile from Yosemite National Park’s west Highway 120 entrance. Their address is 34001 CA-120, Groveland, CA 95321.
YART Bus System: Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YART) connects Fresno, Sonora, Mammoth Lakes, Modesto and Fresno with Yosemite. It is a bus system, and Amtrak’s routes to Yosemite sub-contract YARTS. To get to Rush Creek Lodge, first connect to Yosemite Valley, then connect to the Sonora line that stops at Rush Creek Lodge.
Trains and Amtrak: from other California cities, you can connect to Yosemite by rail on the Amtrak San Joaquin Train to the city of Merced (serviced by most large cities in California) or by Amtrak “Thruway” Bus Service from Merced to Yosemite Valley. Once in Yosemite Valley you will connect with the YART Sonora line that stops at Rush Creek Lodge.
To book your train or Amtrak bus trip, use Amtrak’s Online Reservation Service to book round-trip Amtrak travel to “YOS” (Yosemite Valley).
California does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.
All trips in Yosemite National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.
There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 2
- 4 People: Rate x 1.5
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply