Upper Yosemite Falls Private Hike

Yosemite National Park
4.9 (10 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • America's Tallest Waterfall
  • Phenomenal Photography
  • Dizzying Exposure & Views
  • Top-Shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

The Upper Yosemite Falls Trail promises a challenging, steep work out with up-close views of North America’s highest waterfall and panoramic views of Yosemite Valley. Spring and early summer are the best time for this iconic Yosemite hike as the volume of water in the falls diminishes with the heat of the summer melting the high country snowpack. Beginning at Camp 4, the legendary epicenter of Yosemite’s pioneering big-wall climbing era, the trail ascends numerous switchbacks to Columbia Point, where Half Dome dominates an awe-inspiring view of Yosemite Valley. Beyond the point, the impressive Upper Yosemite Falls comes into view, offering a refreshing spray of mist along with the thundering sight of tons of water dropping straight down for 1430 ft. The trail tops out on the rim in a forest of impressive Jeffrey pines after climbing switchbacks through a break in the Valley wall. A bit farther at the end of the trail a sketchy descent to an overlook provides one of the more remarkable viewpoints in the park.

(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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6-10 Hours
$225-$620 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

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: 6-10 Hours
Distance: 7.2MI / 11.6KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

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

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trek follows a well maintained trail that includes 2700 feet of elevation gain/loss in roughly 7 miles round trip. The top of the falls is exposed to vertical drops less than 3 ft away.

Hiking Distances:

7 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2700 ft

Heights Exposure:

Significant

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-10 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
  • Hiking with significant heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • 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: $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

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.

Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is Year Round.

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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 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 energizing trail snacks 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 Curry Village. 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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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°
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:

  • 4.9 (10 reviews)
Erik G
5.0

Highly Recommend

2 months ago

I booked the Upper Yosemite Falls hike with WT for our family of 4. This was our 2nd time using them and it is well worth the money spent. Our guide Tashi was terrific. She started us off with a great breakfast. She was personable, relaxed, fun, and made sure that we took the hike at a good pace for all of us (it took a while for my wife and I to hike down). The views both along the hike and at the top were amazing. Our lunch at the top was incredibly good, too. I highly recommend both Wildland Trekking and Tashi.

Erika J
5.0

Would book again!!

3 months ago

Our guide, Tashi, was amazing!! She went above and beyond with lunch, given my challenging diet restrictions. She was also very kind and knowledgeable. Would book again!!

Samantha M
5.0

Most Incredible Day

9 months ago

My husband and I had the most incredible day hiking Upper Yosemite Falls with Cody from Wildland Trekking! Cody was a fantastic guide. He taught us a lot about the history of Yosemite Valley and pointed out other landmarks and hikes throughout the park. He frequently checked in with us to make sure we were okay with his pace and even added on an extra mile loop on our hike to get us to a higher lookout point. He packed an awesome lunch for us to enjoy at the top of the mountain and took tons of photos of us throughout the day to have as memories. We will definitely use Wildland Trekking on future trips!

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