Best of Yosemite Valley Day Tour

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (29 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Private Tours (Groups of 2+)
  • Includes Entrance into Yosemite
  • Half-day & Full-day Versions
  • Transportation Provided
  • Stunning Yosemite Views
  • Breathtaking Waterfall Hike(s)
  • Iconic Photography Opportunities
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Breakfast, Snacks & Lunch

Description

Join Wildland Trekking for a wonderful half-day or full-day tour of Yosemite National Park! This sight-seeing and hiking tour is offered to anyone staying in the town of Mariposa, California or at Autocamp Yosemite. 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 into Yosemite Valley.

Your guide will explain the fascinating natural and cultural history of Yosemite while we visit the must-see highlights of “the Valley”. You will experience iconic views, thundering waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, pristine rivers and more as we make our way through the Park. Both the half-day and full-day tours include light hikes, with the full-day tour featuring a longer, 4-mile hike.

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)!

SEASON

This hike is operated from March through October.

If you’re interested in this tour during the winter months, please check out our Best of Yosemite Valley Winter Tour.

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5-8 Hours
$135-$620 Per Person
Season: Mar-Oct

Season: Mar-Oct

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5-8 Hours
Distance: 2-6MI / 3.2-9.6KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 1

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

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows well maintained trails. Some concerns include loose dirt, large stepping stones and tree roots. The half-day version and full-day version vary on the hiking distances and elevation gains as detailed below.

Hiking Distances:

2-6 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

200-600 feet

Heights Exposure:

Light

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 3-5 hours
  • Hiking with occasional, light heights exposure
* 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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Rates

Rates

Half Day Tour

  • Hiking Mileage: 2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet
  • Duration: 5 hours

Your tour will start with morning pickup in Mariposa or at Autocamp Yosemite by a professional Wildland Trekking Guide. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. After a short shuttle along the Merced River Canyon, we will make our way into Yosemite Valley. The first stop will be the famous Tunnel View, an iconic vantage point for views of Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. After that, we will stretch our legs on a 1-mile hike to the base of Bridalveil Falls. Aptly named, this 617 ft waterfall resembles a bride’s veil blowing in the wind. Continuing on our tour, we will hike on the famous John Muir Trail to the footbridge at Vernal Fall, another stunning Yosemite waterfall. The next stop is Yosemite Falls, a true icon of Yosemite Valley. This waterfall towers above us at 2,425 ft. We will enjoy another short hike, ~ 1 mile, to the lower falls for some pictures. Lastly, your guide will provide a picnic style lunch in El Capitan Meadow, with in-your-face views of the monolithic giant. After lunch we will transport you back to your lodging for the conclusion of our tour.

Half Day Tour Rates:
1 person: $570 per person
2 people: $300 per person
3 people: $260 per person
4-5 people: $175 per person
6-7 people: $135 per person
10 and under: $105 per person

Full Day Tour

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 feet
  • Duration: 8 hours

Your tour will start with morning pickup in Mariposa or at Autocamp Yosemite by a professional Wildland Trekking Guide. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. After a short shuttle along the Merced River Canyon we will make our way into Yosemite Valley. The first stop will be the famous Tunnel View, an iconic vantage point for views of Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. After that we will stretch our legs on a 1 mile hike to the base of Bridalveil Falls to snap pictures and stand in the mist of the falls. Next we will set off on the famous John Muir Trail to the top of Vernal Falls. This ~4 mile loop takes us on a 1000 ft climb to the top of the waterfall and features dramatic views of Half Dome and Nevada Falls. We will continue our tour by making our way back to the Valley, where your Guide will prepare a picnic style lunch. After lunch, the tour continues as we visit Yosemite Falls. This waterfall towers above us at 2,425 ft. We will enjoy another short hike, ~ 1 mile, to the lower falls for some pictures. Lastly, we will visit El Capitan Meadow, with in-your-face views of the monolithic giant. After, we will transport you back to your lodging for the conclusion of our tour.

Full Day 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

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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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 hike is March-October.

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, CA or Autocamp Yosemite
  • 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 (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • 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
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

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 in Mariposa, CA or Autocamp Yosemite.  Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your trip to determine the exact rendezvous time (usually between 7-8AM), based on seasonal factors.

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 (29 reviews)
Eric H
5.0

Amazing

1 month ago

Tashi was an amazing guide. She went out of her way to ensure our trip went smoothly given the vehicle difficulties we were experiencing. She was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend a day in the mountains with.

Steven W
5.0

Best Guide

1 month ago

Tashi was the best guide I've ever had. Knowledgable, enthusiastic, extremely proficient outdoors woman, congenial, and fun!

Lauren G
5.0

Enriched our Experience

3 months ago

Tashi gave us a custom experience by just going at our pace. She is a fantastic guide and enriched our experience far more than if we visited ourselves. Thank you, Tashi, we will hike again!

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