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Yosemite Day Hikes

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Come relax and experience iconic Yosemite hiking at its finest, and let us take care of the rest! Our custom Yosemite day hikes are designed with and for you based on your interest and ability. Our guides can take you and your family on an easy hike in the valley, on a moderate hike to view a spectacular sunset, through some awesome high-elevation meadows where wildflowers are endless, to the top of some of the most famous waterfalls, or to the summit of famous peaks such as Clouds Rest and Half Dome. On all of our Yosemite day hikes, our experienced and fun guides will teach you about some of the history, ecology, and geology of the Yosemite area. Guides will also introduce you to some wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace principles.

In addition to the choices of hikes listed below, you can feel free to contact us regarding different Yosemite day hikes that would best suit your needs or altering any specific itinerary listed below.

2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE: Our snowpack this winter is at 180% and growing. We anticipate a late opening for the Yosemite High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Any trips through mid-late June can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.

Yosemite Day Hikes: Rates

Extended (>8 hrs) Full Day (<8 hrs)
1 person $300 $200
2 people $160 each $120 each
3 or more people $120 each $90 each

Extended Yosemite Day Hikes

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Half Dome (May-Oct)

Yosemite Day Hikes, Yosemite Hiking, Half Dome
  • This 16-mile round-trip “One Best Hike” takes hikers beside majestic waterfalls and to the top of the unique granite monolith, 8842′ Half Dome.
  • Trip Length: 12-15 hours
  • Mileage: 16 miles
  • Trip Rating: Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Half Dome Village, 5:30am
  • Cost: $200-$250 per person

Clouds Rest (May-Oct)

Yosemite Day Hikes, Clouds Rest, Yosemite Hiking
  • Clouds Rest (9,926′) is the northern and taller neighbor to Half Dome. Many say this summit offers a better view than Half Dome. Will you agree?
  • Trip Length: 8-12 hours
  • Mileage: 14.5 miles
  • Trip Rating: Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead Parking, 7:00am
  • Cost: $120-$300 per person

Mist & Panorama Tr. to Glacier Point to 4-mile Tr. (April-Nov.)

Yosemite Day Hikes, Mist Trail
  • This is a challenging 15.5-mile loop of the southeastern portion of Yosemite Valley. Views of the entire Yosemite Valley from different perspectives.
  • Trip Length: 10-12 hours
  • Mileage: 15.5 miles
  • Trip Rating: Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Half Dome Village, 7:00am
  • Cost: $120-$300 per person

Rafferty Creek, Vogelsang, Lyell Canyon Loop< (May-Oct)

Hiking in Yosemite, Lyell Canyon
  • Strenuous yet amazing hike into the Yosemite high country. Experience high alpine meadows, lakes, creeks, valleys and distinctive geological formations.
  • Trip Length: 10-12 hours
  • Mileage: 18.5 miles
  • Trip Rating: Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Tuolumne Meadows, 7:00am
  • Cost: $120-$300 per person

Full Day Hikes

Yosemite Valley Custom Adventure Tour(Year-Round)

Hiking in Yosemite, Tuolumne Meadows, Mariposa Big Trees
  • This is a custom tour of Yosemite Valley highlighting all the main points.
  • Trip Length: 6-8 hours
  • Mileage: Varies
  • Trip Rating: Varies
  • Meeting Location: Half Dome Village 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Glacier Point down the Panorama and Mist Trails (May-Nov.)

Hikes in Yosemite, Glacier Point
  • This is a favorite for the avid hiker. After taking a bus to Glacier Point we return via the famous Panorama and Mist Trails hiking beside three major waterfalls.
  • Trip Length: 9-10 hours
  • Mileage: 8.5 miles
  • Trip Rating: Moderate full day
  • Meeting Location: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 8:00am
  • Cost: $115-$225 per person

Mist Trail to Nevada Fall & Panorama Trail(May-Nov)

Hiking in Yosemite, Mist Trail, Nevada Falls
  • Uphill hike along the Mist Trail to the Top of Nevada Falls. Optional side hike to Panorama view before returning to the valley on the JMT.
  • Trip Length: 6-8 hours
  • Mileage: 7.2 miles
  • Trip Rating: Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Half Dome Village, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Glacier Point down the 4-Mile Trail(May-Nov)

Hikes in Yosemite, 4-Mile Trail
  • After taking a bus to Glacier Point we return via the 4-Mile Trail. Amazing Valley perspectives of major icons such as Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Tenaya Canyon, etc..
  • Trip Length: 6-7 hours
  • Mileage: 5 miles
  • Trip Rating: Moderate
  • Meeting Location: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 8:00am
  • Cost: $115-$225 per person

Sentinel Dome & Taft Point from Glacier Point(May-Nov)

Yosemite Hiking, Sentinel Dome
  • After viewing the high country from Glacier Point, we embark on a 6.8 mile trek to both the summit of Sentinel Dome (8,122′) and to the Fissures and Taft Point.
  • Trip Length: 5-6 hours
  • Mileage: 7 miles
  • Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate
  • Meeting Location: Glacier Point, 8:30am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Yosemite Falls & Yosemite Point(Year-Round)

Yosemite Falls Hike, Lasting Adventures
  • This hike takes you uphill on an ultimate stair-master workout alongside Yosemite Falls for an elevation gain of 2,600 feet in just about 3.5 miles.
  • Trip Length: 6-8 hours
  • Mileage: 9.5 miles
  • Trip Rating:Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Mount Hoffman & May Lake(May-Oct)

Yosemite Hiking, Mount Hoffman, May Lake
  • Mount Hoffman is the geographical center of Yosemite National Park. With an elevation of 10,850’; it is higher than both Half Dome and Clouds Rest.
  • Trip Length: 6-8 hours
  • Mileage: 11 miles
  • Trip Rating:Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Mount Dana(May-Oct)

Hiking in Yosemite, Mount Dana
  • Mount Dana is the second highest peak in Yosemite after Mount Lyell. Mount Dana is located on the Eastern boundary of Yosemite National park and the summit is at an elevation of 13,061’.
  • Trip Length: 5-7 hours
  • Mileage: 6 miles
  • Trip Rating:Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Tioga Pass, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Cathedral Lakes & Sunrise Lakes Loop(May-Oct)

Yosemite Day Hikes, Yosemite Hiking Trips, Sunrise Lakes
  • This hike can be done from either direction and features a high country tour which includes meadows, creeks, granite wrapped lakes, and iconic views of the high country.
  • Trip Length: 6-8 hours
  • Mileage: 13.5 miles
  • Trip Rating:Strenuous
  • Meeting Location: Cathedral Trlhd, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person

Glen Aulin(May-Oct)

Hiking in Yosemite, Glen Aulin
  • This is a great hike that follows the Tuolumne River out of Tuolumne Meadows as it winds lazily through granite and valleys before it waterfalls and cascades into the pool at Glen Aulin.
  • Trip Length: 7-8 hours
  • Mileage: 13 miles
  • Trip Rating:Moderate
  • Meeting Location: Lembert Dome, 8:00am
  • Cost: $90-$200 per person