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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite provided by YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours

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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

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Beat the crowds with this private guided tour through one of America’s most celebrated national parks: Yosemite. Adjust this day hike to your passion and skill level, and discover the park’s quieter corners on gentle paths or steeper climbs. Learn about the area’s history and ecology while enjoying a picnic or having your guide snap the perfect photo with Yosemite’s gorgeous meadows, forests, and waterfalls as a backdrop.
  • Avoid the crowds at Yosemite, one of the nation’s busiest national parks
  • Experience the park’s scenic waterfalls, forests, and mountain-top hikes
  • Design a custom route to fit your family’s or group’s skills and interests
  • Learn Yosemite’s history, ecology, and secret spots from your insider guide
What to Expect
Choose from two options—beginner or moderate—to best match your group or family skill level and then meet your expert guide at the trailhead. Your half-day tour is tailored to the time of your visit, with an eye toward steering you away from Yosemite’s busiest routes so you can have a peaceful experience—even during the summer high season. On the beginner tour, plan for a 4- to 5-mile (6- to 8-kilometer) walk with little elevation gain through Yosemite Valley or the High Country. Then, pause for a picnic and capture the perfect photo at a resting spot of your choice, such as a lake, stream, meadow, or vista. For the moderate option, expect an equally scenic but more intense hike that takes about an hour longer. Plan for a 5- to 6-mile (8- to 10-kilometer) climb covering roughly 1,000 feet (305 meters).
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Important Information
  • Private, customizable guided hiking tour
  • Informative local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please provide your hotel and contact information (phone number, email and accommodations) in the Special Requirements box at checkout. Hotel information is for guides' reference only; pickup/drop-off is not included.
  • Please dress in athletic-wear
  • Items recommended to bring: camera, gloves, extra layer of clothing, jacket, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Thomas wrote a review Jan. 2020
Atlanta, Georgia5 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved our private snow shoe tour with John out to Dewey Point. Catherine was super helpful during the planning process and we ended up on the perfect tour for us. We especially appreciated all the help with Yosemite’s shuttle system. We loved jumping from history to geology
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Edwin wrote a review Jan. 2020
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Really enjoyed hiking with Pete Divine! He was a knowledgeable guide with a friendly and calm energy which was appreciated by us all. Pete showed us many things we would not have seen had we not been guided on this hike! Thank you again Pete, and Happy New Year to you and your
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Date of experience: January 2020
A L wrote a review Jan. 2020
Los Angeles, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
Great experience getting away from the roads and people and enjoying some wilderness by ourselves. Catherine was wonderful to organize logistics with and John was an accommodating and seasoned guide on our hike. We enjoyed his insights into the nature that surrounded us, and the
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Date of experience: December 2019
John C wrote a review Dec. 2019
Amsterdam 5 contributions
Beautiful scenery, informative and entertaining guide. Felt the power of Yosemite while learning and getting the exercise we wanted.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Stefan_D wrote a review Aug. 2019
2 contributions
We made a moderate hike to May Lake and Raisin Lake, and had a great day. We met our guide Jay quite early in the morning and had the trail nearly exclusively by ourselves. Jay told us a lot about the jawdropping landscape and its fascinating history. We had a great time! It was
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Date of experience: August 2019
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By: YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
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Our guide, Margaret, set a leisurely pace easily matched to the interests of our young hikers (3-yr boy) and (5-yr
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Worth every out of breath moment!
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