Yosemite Valley Day Hikes with SYMG

Hiking with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides

Yosemite Hiking with a naturalist guide 'off the beaten path' through Yosemite Valley's majestic landscape of waterfalls, Granite monoliths, cascading streams, and lush meadows. Learn about the park with a guide who knows it intimately, and looks forward to sharing it with you. The days are all privately arranged and catered to your personal interest and abilities.

  • Activity Level - All levels
  • Trip Length - 9am to 5pm (8 hours)
  • Group Size - up to 10 Guests
  • Cost - $425
  • See Yosemite's waterfalls up close
  • Hike on the famous Mist Trail
  • Explore the iconic trails and meadows of Yosemite Valley

Trip Itinerary:  Your guide will meet you in Yosemite Valley the morning of your scheduled day. Your guide will ask you about your personal interests, experience, and level of fitness to customize the day to your preferences. Some possible options are:

  • An easy day of short hikes in and around Yosemite Valley such as: absorbing the fantastic Bridalveil Falls (617'), hiking to the top of Vernal Falls (317’), getting up close and personal with the highest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls (2,425'), and stopping at El Capitan Meadow to spot climbers on the largest granite monolith in the world.
  • Moderate hiking to truly off-the-beaten-path locations that offer unique perspectives of Yosemite’s iconic landmarks, including a special, seldom-seen spot, leading to the best perspective of Yosemite Valley, with views of Vernal, Nevada, Yosemite, and Illilouette Falls.
  • A moderate hike up the world famous Mist Trail past Vernal (317') and Nevada Falls (594'), returning down the John Muir Trail, with scenic vistas overlooking Yosemite Valley.
  • A strenuous hike up Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, possibly continuing up to the summit of Eagle Peak with spectacular panoramas of the peaks of High Sierra and a unique, seldom-seen perspective of Yosemite Valley.

Your SYMG Guide:  SYMG guides are professional, highly experienced, enjoyable people that have spent years perfecting their interpretive and mountain skills in and around Yosemite. They look forward to teaching and guiding you in these spectacular locations as well as getting to know you. Tell your guide your goals and s/he will do their best to meet your needs in a safe and enjoyable manner! Gratuities are accepted and appreciated for a job well done.

Gear:  The following can be provided upon request.

  • Trekking Poles
  • Daypack

What to Bring:  Plan to bring the following items in a small daypack for your guided hike.

  • 2-3 Liters of water per person
  • Lunch & snacks for the day
  • A warm layer and/or rainshell
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (optional)

Wear comfortable and moisture wicking clothing (especially for the warm summer months of July-August). Comfortable hiking/running shoes that are with grippy soles are the best option for footwear. It's important to check the weather prior to your day to make sure you're dressing appropriately- check out our favorite weather forecast here: National Weather Service- Yosemite Valley

Travel & Logistics:  Your day trip begins and ends in Yosemite Valley. If you are driving a personal vehicle, plan for extra time to get to your destination and find parking. Traffic can be heavy in Yosemite Valley during the peak months of summer.

Public Transportation is an option to consider to help avoid traffic and trouble finding a parking spot. YARTS offers a variety of pick up and drop off locations from all the different gateways into the park. You can purchase tickets online ahead of time to reserve your spot at YARTS.

For more information, you can reference Yosemite National Park's webpage here regarding parking and transportation.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Lunch, snacks & water
  • Transportation to Yosemite Valley
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides
  • Trip Insurance
  • Airfare

Starts: May 01, 2021

Occurs: Every week on Sunday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until October 15, 2021
Time: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Phone: (800) 231-4575 or (559) 642-2817



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