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


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.)

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Sliding Scale (See Below)
$225-$620 Per Person
Season: Dec-Feb

Season: Dec-Feb

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 8MI / 13KM


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

This trip is along well maintained trails, but snow conditions can vary from deep, fresh snow to packed snow or ice.

Hiking Distances:

8 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2000 ft

Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing in potentially deep snow, packed snow, or ice with snowshoes fastened to your boots
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


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

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking


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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 tour during the registration process, and the price will adjust based on the size of your group. The season for this tour is December-February.

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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.
  • 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
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yosemite

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 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)



Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (1 reviews)
Linda G.

Our Guide was Fantastic

4 years 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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