Mariposa Snowshoe Private Tour

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Giant Sequoias
  • Wonderful Solitude
  • Fun Snow Travel
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Top-shelf Gear & Guide
  • Tasty Trail Snacks, Hot Drinks & Lunch

Description

This Yosemite winter trek begins off of Highway 41 near Yosemite Entrance station at the Mariposa Grove trailhead. In the wintertime the road to the grove is closed adding 2 miles to our summer trek. After a hot cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee with your guide we will begin our ascent toward the Giant Sequoia Grove. We will begin at the road closure and hike/snowshoe up the unplowed road toward the grove. The trail begins on the south end of the grove and heads west passing the “Fallen Monarch” and the “Bachelor and Three Graces” within the first mile. Continuing on another ¼ mile and a 300ft gain in elevation we will arrive at the Grizzly Giant. This is the tallest, 209 ft, and oldest tree in Yosemite national park. Continuing on, the trail climbs steadily as we hike past many other massive Sequoia’s namely the “Faithful couple” and the aptly named “Clothespin” tree. Continuing on past the “Mariposa” tree we climb into the Upper Grove at 6,800ft to have a trail lunch at the “Galen Clark” tree. After lunch we will take a small loop back toward the road past two more Giant Sequoia’s the “Fallen Wawona Tunnel” tree and the “Telescope” tree. Descending back on our previous tracks we will make our way back where we came from, down the road and safely back to our cars.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

6-8 Hours
$155-$280 Per Person
Season: Dec-Feb

Season: Dec-Feb

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 8MI / 13KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 4

  • 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

  • 1 person: $540
  • 2 people: $280 per person
  • 3 people: $240 per person
  • 4-5 people: $190 per person
  • 6-7 people: $155 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity or a 5% pass-through fee charged by Yosemite National Park

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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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.

The listed dates reflect general availability for Yosemite winter day hike tours. You will select your exact hike during the registration process. The season for this tour is Dec-Feb.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Use of trekking poles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED (REQUIRED)

  • Waterproof winter hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Snow pants
  • Multiple warm wool or fleece tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED (RECOMMENDED)

  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

FOOD: WHAT TO EXPECT

Day tours include energizing trail snacks, tea or hot chocoloate, and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but 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?

This hike meets at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days prior to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

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. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

GUIDES

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions 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°
December
48°
26°
46°
25°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (1 reviews)
Linda G.
5.0

Our Guide was Fantastic

1 year ago

While we weren’t able to snowshoe due to the lack of snow, we had a thoroughly enjoyable hike. Kevin, our guide was fantastic. So knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a great spot near the cabin overlooking the view. It was quiet and peaceful. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone and if by chance we are able to return I will request Kevin!

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