​Yosemite Guided Tours You Can Conquer In 6 Hours!

​Yosemite Guided Tours You Can Conquer In 6 Hours!

We all know the mountains are calling, but sometimes you don’t have as much time to explore them as you would like.  There are many reasons for having a time limit on your Yosemite hikes, dinner back at the campsite, tired little ones who can only go a half day or maybe you driving back to San Francisco for the night… regardless you want to make the most out of your visit. So how do you choose the hike you will get the most out of?


Let us help you find the perfect Yosemite hike for your group! Our custom Yosemite guided tours are designed with and for you based on your interest and ability. Our professional 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.

Here is a helpful list of all Yosemite guided tours we offer that are possible to do in under 6 hours:


Yosemite Valley Tour

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  • Length: 6-10 Miles
  • Elevation gain: 0-2,000 ft
  • Hours: 5-8 Hours

Highlights / iconic views:
Over the course of the day, your guide will take you on hikes to a variety of iconic Yosemite Valley destinations often including features like Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Mirror Lake, Happy Isles, Lower Yosemite Fall, Upper Yosemite Fall and/or Swinging Bridge as well as some of the more “hidden gems” of Yosemite like the little-known Sequoia trees growing in the valley or the secret Indian Caves.

Why this hike is great:
If it’s your first time in Yosemite and/or you’re looking to see all of the iconic landmarks Yosemite Valley has to offer, look no further the Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour! This tour highlights a variety of iconic and popular features in Yosemite Valley as well as some of the lesser known gems.

Here’s what someone thinks about this Yosemite guided tour:

We had never been to Yosemite before and this tour was the best to see all the great things Yosemite Valley has to offer. Our guide was Kimball and he was amazing! He took us to see Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, and hiking all around the area. He spent almost 6 hours with us. This is a great way to see the park and I highly recommend Kimball as your guide.


Glacier Point to Sentinel Dome & Taft Point

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  • Length: 7 Miles
  • Elevation gain: ~600 ft
  • Hours: 5-6 Hours

Highlights / iconic views:
We begin this hike with a tour of Glacier Point and pointing out the prominent points throughout the valley. Feel the rush of reaching the top of an easy dome when we summit Sentinel Dome at 8,122′. Following a mellow hike we will reach Taft Point and the Fissures. You’ll the awe-inspiring views of the unmatched natural beauty of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Clouds Rest, Nevada Fall, Yosemite Falls and much more!

Why this hike is great:
Looking for a more level and easy hike that the entire family will enjoy, look no further. Endless views await you just a short distance from the trail head,  it’s by far the most bang for your buck!

Here’s what someone thinks about this Yosemite guided tour:

“Gorgeous views of the entire valley, Half Dome, Basket Dome and the Sierra mountain ranges!!! It was slightly strenuous to hike up Sentinel Dome but the view there was well worth it! My friend and I had an amazing time. Tour guide from Lasting Adventures not only was familiar with the trails and terrain, but was also very knowledgeable on the history, myths and ecology of the park. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!”


Glacier Point Down The 4 mile Trail

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  • Length: 4.7 Miles
  • Elevation gain: 0ft (it’s all downhill!)
  • Hours: 5-7 hours

Highlights / Iconic views:
Unobstructed views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Cathedral Rocks and Yosemite Valley! Not to mention all downhill and the quickest way to get down to the valley from Glacier Point.

Why this hike is great:
This trip is another great hike for the first time visitor to the park. After an informational shuttle tour to Glacier Point, we take in the views and learn the history of this historic location. Our hike then takes us mostly downhill for 4.7 miles before returning to the Valley proper where we will cross the Merced River and return to the Yosemite Lodge via the “Swinging Bridge.”

Here’s what someone thinks about this Yosemite guided tour!

 My 22-year-old daughter and I spent a memorable day with Scott Gehrman of Lasting Adventures and a lovely couple from Australia. It was just the five of us. We hiked down the Glacier Point Four-Mile Trail to the valley floor, and then to Yosemite Falls . Scott was wonderful! He shared with us some history of the Yosemite pioneers and fun facts about some of the plant life on the trail. That day was the highlight of our Yosemite visit!

Yosemite Falls Hike

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  • Length: 9.5 Miles
  • Elevation gain: 2,600 ft
  • Hours: 5-8 hours

Highlights / Iconic:
Get up close and personal with Yosemite Falls! One of the tallest waterfalls in North America at 2,425′ this hike takes you up switchbacks after switchbacks to award you with the views the whole way up! Check out the picture above for a teaser.

Why this hike is great:
This trail is challenge by choice! Think of climbing a flight of stairs, you could do 5 flights or you could do 100. It all depends on the extent you want to challenge yourself. Either way you’ll see some amazing views.

Here’s what someone thinks about this Yosemite guided tour!

“My daughter and I spent the weekend at Yosemite and had only 1 day to hike. We had a private tour with Otto and it was amazing! He took us to the most beautiful waterfalls and some off the beaten track locations. He was so knowledgeable about Yosemite’s history and told us stories and went into great detail about everything we saw. There is no better way to hike Yosemite. Can’t wait to bring my husband back!!”


Tuolumne Meadows Tour

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  • Length: 6-10 Miles
  • Elevation gain: 0-800 ft
  • Hours: 5-8 hours

Highlights / iconic views:
If visiting Tuolumne Meadows we can do an easy hike to the top of Lembert Dome and visit Dog Lake at 9,170′ before returning to the meadows and enjoying a sip out of Soda Springs!

Why this hike is great:
Avoid the crowds! Tuolumne Meadows is often overshadowed by Yosemite valley, but this place has a beauty all it’s own. The varying options make this great for families, those with limited mobility and or those who are seeking adventure! Not to mention the beauty of the high country is hard to beat.

Here’s what someone thinks about this Yosemite guided tour!

We had a private hike with a guide at Tuolumne Meadows and it was a totally fantastic trip. We spent the whole day hiking and experiencing unseen parts of Yosemite that were not packed with tourists. The guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and a great hiking partner.

Well there you have it! 4 great hikes you can do in under 6 hours. Make the most out of your adventure and book with Lasting Adventures!
-Happy Hiking-
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