Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

35 Reviews | Yosemite National Park, USA

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
A note about this tour
Our guides will be 6 ft from you and our group will stay 6 ft from other people on the trails. Masks are required for each person when 6 ft distancing isn't possible, when you first meet with your guide, during interpretation, rest stops, view points, & when departing after the tour.


Outdoor enthusiasts of every fitness and experience level can enjoy this amazing Yosemite hiking excursion. Choose from a beginner, intermediate, moderate, challenging or strenuous hike in Yosemite National Park to Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Cathedral Lakes, El Capitan, Clouds Rest or even Half Dome! You’ll be away from the crowds for an intimate connection with your magnificent surroundings. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, you're sure to enjoy this trip of a lifetime.



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Average 4.77 out of 5 stars based on 35 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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preetkamalkaur565, Oct 2020 Verified
Jay was an absolutely great guide ! I would highly recommend this tour again! We were able to do the hike in less time than we expected and I appreciated that we started it early to beat the afternoon crowds. The views were amazing !
r_wortham, Jun 2020 Verified
Personal attention to our wants and needs made this the best way to see the highlights of Yosemite! Our guide was amazing!
Lucely B, Oct 2019 Verified
We loved this hike and our tour guide John did an amazing job!!! Unfortunately one of the roads was closed due to weather and we could not hike the Half Dome....BUT... they offered us other beautiful options. We did the VERNAL FALL hike and it was very nice! Highly recommend doing this tour if it's your first time visiting. Bring plenty of snacks =)
Theresa G, Sep 2017 Verified

I am finally getting around to writing this review, even though it has now been about 3 months since my trip. I just had to write one though to tell others how amazing our experience was! My sister and I visited Yosemite in June, and this tour was an amazing way to start our trip! Our tour guide was Margaret, and we cannot say enough about how great she was. She was a joy to talk to, and she was so knowledgeable. We started at Glacier Point, hiked up to Sentinel Dome, over to the Taft Fissures, and back. The views from all of those spots were breathtaking, and it was a beautiful way to see the best of Yosemite. The views of Half Dome, El Capitan, Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls, etc. were absolutely amazing and of course made for great pictures. We learned fun facts about the wildlife, foliage, climate, and more! As an added bonus, Margaret gave us suggestions for our next day, which we followed religiously. Her advice ended up being perfect, and we found ourselves saying multiple times the following day Wow, Margaret is the best! We knew that we wanted to hike both falls, but since we had limited time, she advised us to hike the Yosemite Falls first thing in the morning, and she told us where we should hike to to get the perfect view OMG Rock, as she called it. We then followed her advice and hiked Nevada Falls in the afternoon, which we luckily did because we got soaked, and probably wouldn't have wanted to do much after that anyway. Needless to say, we had an amazing trip, and we definitely owe a lot of that to Margaret and this amazing tour. Can't wait until we can visit again one day!

Greg M, Sep 2017 Verified

Great day and our guide John was terrific and very knowledgeable about Yosemite. Took us down some trails away from the crowds. Would highly recommend.

David J, Aug 2017 Verified

Our guide was fantastic. He hiked at just the right pace for our adventure up Vernal Falls 5 hours. He also talked just the right amount. He was informative, interesting, and able to answer all our questions. We loved it!!!

fiftyfivehis, Jul 2017 Verified

Had a really great experience on this hike. Getting up at 5:30am wasn't a treat but honestly I'm really glad we did. Not dealing with traffic in or out of the park was very pleasant and hiking during the cooler morning hours was always really nice. We were also the only two people on the hike since it was in the morning. So, basically a personal tour guide. Not too shabby.

Alex our tour guide was really great and knowledgeable and we opted for an intermediate hike which might have been a little much but we made it happen. The views were incredible. Crocker point in particular was really beautiful but it turns out I don't like heights as much as I thought I did.

Denise D, Dec 2016 Verified

We had such a wonderful tour withJay! Very knowledgeable and friendly. He played to our level of adventure and it was really enjoyable to go to Taft Point and see the views! You must get out into Yosemite to appreciate its beauty, I would highly rccomend Jay!

Frank S, Oct 2016 Verified

Half Doom was the experience of a lifetime!! I am 65 years old and could never had made the summit without the two BEST guides ever!! John and Zach made this trip possible. They are extremely knowledge - from how to breathing properly to the plants/trees on the route - they have it covered. They were patient and caring every minute of the trip. They need to receive an award for the BEST Guides ever!!
I enjoyed every single minute of my climb and would suggest that anyone considering doing this climb - GO FOR IT -and get a great guide like John and Zach - you will be successful with them as your leaders!!!
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Larry S, Oct 2016 Verified

The tour we selected was great for beginner hikers like us, our guide was very informative....just what we wanted

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