Best of Yosemite Valley Day Tour

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (38 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Private Tours
  • 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; 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 into Yosemite Valley (unless you’re already in the Valley.)

Your guide will customize the tour based on your interests and desires, and explain the fascinating natural and cultural history of Yosemite while we visit the must-see highlights of the Park. You will experience iconic views, thundering waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, pristine rivers and more as we make our way through Yosemite Valley. Both the half-day and full-day tours include options for hiking, with the full-day tour featuring a longer hike.

You can read about the half-day and full-day versions, 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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From USD
$135-$620 Per Person
Season: Mar-Oct

Season: Mar-Oct

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5-10 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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Options & Rates

Options & Rates

Half Day Tour

  • Hiking Mileage: 1-2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal to 500 feet
  • Duration: 5-6 hours

Your tour will start with pickup between 7 and 8 am. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. After a short shuttle along the scenic Merced River Canyon, we will make our way into Yosemite Valley.

In terms of the exact itinerary, it is customized to your group’s specific interests and desires. This is your day! With most groups, we start with a famous viewpoint that offers breathtaking views of the signatures sites of Yosemite Valley: Bridal-veil Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. From here, the guide will work with you to determine the best hike(s) to choose from. Options include pristine lakes, waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, historical sites, the base of El Capitan and more.  Our tour takes us in a loop around the Valley, and prior to departure, your guide will prepare a picnic style lunch with a great view.   After lunch we will transport you back to your lodging for the conclusion of the 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 people: $135 per person
10 and under: $105 per person

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Full Day Tour

  • Hiking Mileage: 2-4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal to 1000 feet
  • Duration: 8-10 hours

On the full day tour, we begin with pick up between 7 and 8 am. From here, we head into Yosemite Valley and begin our grand day of exploration. Like the half day tour, the full day itinerary is tailored to your interests and desires, but gives us more time for longer hikes and additional stops. Most groups enjoy starting at a famous viewpoint that offers stunning initial views of the Valley, where we can see Bridal-Veil Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan. Our tour from here takes us on a loop through Yosemite Valley, and we can embark on a series of shorter hikes to pack as much diversity in as possible, or we can tackle a larger hike to bigger views or a grander destination. Options include pristine lakes, waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, historical sites, the base of El Capitan and more. Somewhere along the way, we’ll stop for a delicious, picnic lunch prepared by your guide.

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 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!

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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, 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 (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  (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 (38 reviews)
Kathi M
5.0

EXCELLENT

5 months ago

Wildland Trekking provided an excellent guide in Tashi. The whole experience from the registration to the actual guided tour was wonderful! Highly recommend!

Enza H
5.0

Optimal way to experience Yosemite

5 months ago

This is the optimal way to experience Yosemite for the first time! We couldn't have had a better introduction to the park--Tashi, our tour guide tailored the tour for our small group and helped to map out the remaining time in the park. Tashi showed us the extraordinary features of the park while feasting on her wonderful meals. She went above and beyond any tour guide we've had. We highly recommend Tashi and Wildland Trekking!

Maureen S
5.0

Thrilled with the experience!

6 months ago

My friend and I went to Yosemite on our own last year and it was a bit overwhelming so this year we opted for a guided tour. Tashi is an amazing guide! We were able to see the highlights of the park in an efficient way and with detail provided by our guide that goes way beyond what you can read in a book. We are thrilled with the experience and can't recommend it enough!

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