As many of our local guides will tell you, some of their first and most powerful experiences in Yosemite were on classic, multi-day camping/hiking trips. The convenience of camping in a car-friendly site gives the opportunity to venture out daily to see the different landscapes, views, and vistas in every corner of this magnificent park.
Our Classic Camping/Hiking Adventure is a traditional way of visiting Yosemite without the “roughing-it” experience of a backpacking trip. We will shuttle out daily from our campsite, with daypacks and lunch in hand, to our selected hiking destinations. As the #1 guide service in Yosemite, our tours highlight a variety of iconic and popular features throughout the park as well as some of the lesser known gems. We will hike to the top of giant waterfalls, along glacially polished granite, through alpine meadows full of wildflowers, and past giant sequoia trees. We will stand atop granite domes and reach the top of a major summit. Along the way, your professional and knowledgeable guide will share the history of Yosemite as well as information about the geology, natural history, plants, and animals of the area.
Every night you will stay in a comfortable campsite. We will provide all of the luxury camping gear. You can leave the cooking to our experienced outdoor guides, known for providing tasty and satisfying meals. The night will come to an end with stories and laughter around the campfire. S’mores are on us.
This is a great Yosemite multi-day tour that caters to families and hikers of all skill levels. This is a top-choice for first-timers to Yosemite.
In addition to our published dates, you can contact us about planning other dates/packages ranging from at least three days in length.
*Classic Camping Dates become available as we are able to secure campsites, which we obtain approximately 5 months in advance. We will gain campsites for September 15-October 14 on or around May 15th, 2019. Dates that are listed have reserved campsites.
Day 1: Yosemite Valley
You will meet your guide at Half Dome Village at 1:00 PM. This will be followed by group orientation and introductions. Today we will do an easy, flat hike of the famous Yosemite Valley, pointing out some of the iconic peaks and waterfalls. After the hike, we will relocate to the campsite where we can relax and lounge before dinner. After dinner we will enjoy some warmth and good company around the campfire. Total Mileage: 4 miles.
Day 2: Mist Trail
After a hearty breakfast, we will shuttle to the Happy Isles trailhead to hike the famous Mist Trail. This hike gets you right up next to two of Yosemite’s most well-known waterfalls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and along the eastern edge of the aptly named Panorama Cliff. You will complete your loop and return to the valley via the famous John Muir Trail, offering new perspectives of the waterfalls you just hiked beside. Following the hike we will catch the shuttle back to our campsite for dinner and relaxation. Total Mileage: 7.2 miles
Day 3: Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome & Taft Point
After an early morning breakfast, we will head to Glacier Point, where we will spend time taking in the views and history of this famous landmark. From Glacier Point we will hike to the summit of Sentinel Dome at 8,122’ for amazing 360-degree views. After descending Sentinel Dome, we will follow along the southern rim of the valley to the famous Taft Point for an amazing view into Yosemite Valley from the cliffs above. Total Mileage: 7.0 miles
Day 4: Mt. Hoffman & May Lake
After a hearty breakfast, we will shuttle to the May Lake parking lot where we will have the option to summit Mt. Hoffman at 10, 850’. This is the geographical center of Yosemite as well as John Muir’s favorite view in all of Yosemite. On our way back, we will have a chance to take a dip in May Lake. As time permits we will shuttle into Tuolumne Meadows for a quick overview, and perhaps, another amazing sunset opportunity. We will share a warm cooked meal around the campfire when we return back to camp. Total Mileage: 6.0 miles
Day 5: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
After breakfast we will pack up and depart for our last hike. We will hike down into the famous and historical Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias as your guide provides you with local lore and history on these ancient plants that thrive in only unique areas of the park. After this hike, we will return to Half Dome Village for some snacks before our final goodbyes. Total Mileage: 2.5 miles
This is a sample itinerary only.
Although we do our best to follow this itinerary; it can and will change for matters out of our control. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered.