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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

By YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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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.
from
€245.67
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
€245.67
per adult (price varies by group size)

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 5-90
Duration:4–6 hours
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • Private guided hiking tour
  • Informative local guide
  • Custom Tour Location (you must contact us upon confirmation to discuss)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation

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).

Departure details
  • Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, California Departure Point: Yosemite National Park (exact trail head confirmed with supplier after booking) Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6004PRHIKE

  • Please provide your hotel and contact information (phone number, email and accommodations) in the Special Requirements box at checkout. Hotel information is so we may provide you with driving directions to the meeting location; 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We are limited in guide availability this year due to Covid-19. Please understand if your reservation is not accepted because of this restriction.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite
  • Our guides will be 6 ft from you and our group will stay 6 ft from other people on the trails. Masks are required for each person when 6 ft distancing isn't possible, when you first meet with your guide, during interpretation, rest stops, view points, & when departing after the tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite?
Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite price starts from €242.17. Discover and book Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite cancellation policy?
Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite?
Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite is hosted by YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite?
On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6004PRHIKE

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Yosemite National Park
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  • 1
    Yosemite National Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Yosemite Valley
    Stop: 6 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Mettegilling
Mettegilling
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Yosemite is a must-see for nature lovers
We walked the Mist Trail to the top of Navarra Falls with our boys aged 14 and 17. The view was stunning and the co
Sylvia R
Sylvia R
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Great experience
It was a great experience. Totally worth it. We learn a lot about the history of the park and made the most of th
293carys
293carys
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I love YExplore!
I have been on several hikes throughout the years with yexplore, most recently an international trip to Nepal to hi
annecN4361JN
annecN4361JN
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Amazing hiking outing with David Murphy on Mist Trail/John Muir Trail
My husband and I did this hike with our 21 year old daughter and her boyfriend. David was so knowledgeable and plea
Maureen F
Maureen F
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Vernal Fall Hike! DO IT!
Thank you YExplore! Our hike to Vernal Fall was stunning. It was just the right amount of challenge! And some
Melissa M
Melissa M
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Great tour company & guide
Had a wonderful experience with John our guide. He was patient & kind. We would have absolutely gotten lost had we
59bonnied
59bonnied
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Middle Yosemite Falls hike
Great views of Yosemite falls and surrounding area, and learning a lot of history of Yosemite from our guide Jay.
Gatorbrede
Gatorbrede
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We’ll Worth the Photo Instruction!
Step by step: Booking was clear and easy. Even changed the date by phone call. YExplore communicated well and as sc
U1746KTjaner
U1746KTjaner
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A hike to remember!!!
We had a wonderful, long and challenging day. Ashley was just the best. We live in the midwest, so this was such a
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Guided Half Dome
I’m very thankful I decided to book the guided half dome hike for me and my boyfriend. We are not experienced hiker
David D
David D
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Great company, great guide, great experience!
We had a GREAT experience with YExplore. This company really cares about its customers and Yosemite. At all point
PhyllisMcCutchen
PhyllisMcCutchen
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Cables of Half Dome hike
John was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable about the history of Yosemite , and patient with participants of hike.
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cbgb0514
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Awesome Hiking Experiences
Unbelievable experiences…booked 2 private guided hikes to Sentinel Dome and North Dome. Jay and Ashley were awesome
gdh215
gdh215
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Best hike ever!
This was so wonderful! My two boys and I took a last minute trip to Yosemite and luckily were able to book this tou
GatorGalJenn
GatorGalJenn
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Loved every second!
I went on a private hike to North Dome with my guide, Ashley. I LOVED every second of this hike!! The scenery was b
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Jennifer W
Atlanta, GA95 contributions
Dec 2020
I had originally booked a snowshoe tour but there wasn't enough snow for that so we hiked. Luckily John had trekking poles because it ended up snowing the last couple hours of the hike and they were helpful in icy/snowy spots. I learned a lot about the history and ecology of the park and really enjoyed the customized hike in Tuolumne Grove admiring the giant sequoias and so much more.

Another thing I'd like to add is the customer service from both John and Catherine were top notch. They answered all my questions before booking, after booking, and checked in how things were after the trip. I'll be singing the praises of this small/unique business to anyone I know heading out to Yosemite. I had an amazing time!
Written 3 January 2021
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you for the kind words Jennifer. We really appreciated your dedication to making the trip happen and are so happy you had a pleasant experience.
Written 4 January 2021
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Cecily U
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Family
Exceptional from booking to actual hike. Highly recommend. Catherine (booking)was informative, responsive and patient with our many many questions. Ashley (hiking guide) was informative and very good at meeting our groups needs (breaks, etc.)
Written 28 June 2020
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you for speaking so highly about your Yosemite experience with us. We appreciate your kind words and strive to provide exceptional service on every tour.
Written 3 September 2020
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Miguel A
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Solo
Our tour guide Chris made our experience unforgettable. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and it’s history and was excited to share that information with us. 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a once in a life time experience.
Written 23 August 2021
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled that you had a memorable trip to Yosemite and Chris was able to enhance your experience.
Written 30 September 2021
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Thomas
Atlanta, GA5 contributions
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 to hydrology and back again as we walked through the woods. John has a wealth of knowledge and really worked to understand what we were most interested in to tailor our tour for us. We would highly recommend these guides to anyone and hope to take a summer trip soon! Thank you!
Written 24 January 2020
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Yosemite experience with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your day at Dewey Point and appreciate all your kind words.
Written 3 September 2020
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Tony G
2 contributions
Nov 2022
We booked a hike with John DeGrazio who was extremely knowledgeable about Yosemite and guided us along a fantastic 9+ mile journey through the El Capitan Meadow. By the end we felt very comfortable with the area and ready to explore several other hikes. I highly recommend John and would definitely book him again.
Written 20 November 2022
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Scubadoob45
Orange County, CA11 contributions
Aug 2020
Terrific experience hiking Lembert Dome and Dog Lake with our guide Jay. He was experienced, friendly, helpful and informative. We enjoyed learning about the park and its history, and appreciated Jay's tips for where to stop on our drive to the hotel and things to see/do the next day. Catherine made thoughtful recommendations on the itinerary and provided exact directions to the meeting point. This was a perfect day in Yosemite!
Written 19 August 2020
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you for sharing your positive experience. We are thrilled that your family enjoyed your tour in Yosemite.
Written 3 September 2020
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Amber T
Derby, KS24 contributions
Jul 2020
There are so many AMAZING things I can say about this experience! My husband and I got into the Yosemite area the evening of 07/30 and left a message for YExplore. Catherine called us back shortly after and got us set up on a hike with Jay Sousa for the next morning. Jay was absolutely wonderful! He is a Cali native and use to be a climber in Yosemite. Not only was he an amazing guide, but he was full of facts and history about the area. We spent about 5 hours with Jay doing one of the most popular hikes that gave us spectacular views of El Cap and Half Dome. The scenery was amazing and not difficult at all to navigate. We had the remainder of the day to explore the park on our own. Jay gave us his top "to see" sites and he nailed it on the head! If you are even considering a guided hike in Yosemite, contact YExplore for sure!
Written 11 August 2020
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you so much for the kind words about Jay, Amber. We appreciate you joining us for a tour in Yosemite and are glad you enjoyed it.
Written 3 September 2020
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billythekid01
Bay Area, CA2 contributions
May 2021
Was planning my first trip to Yosemite, along with my sister and brother-in-law. We were only going to be in the park for one night, so we decided to hire a private guide to make the most of our time in the park. We chose YEsplore to provide us our guide for the hike and am so happy that we made that decision. We met our guide, John, at 8AM and over the course of the next few hours, he led on the most amazing hike through this most spectacular park. John was personable and knowledgeable and tailored the pace of our hike to one that we were comfortable with. On our drive home that afternoon, we commented multiple times about how happy we were with out decision to hire a guide and even more happy that we chose John and YExplorer. We would definitely recommend them to others.
Written 28 May 2021
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you so much. We appreciate you taking the time to express how much you enjoyed your tour with us in the amazing Yosemite National Park.
Written 29 May 2021
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George C
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
Aug 2022
David was a great guide on the big Half Dome hike this past weekend. It was great not having to worry about the route (we started at 5am), the permits and also having a guide to help with the cable climb was a big help.

Along the way we found streams to cool off in and even saw a Bobcat on the hunt.

A memorable day for my family. Thank you!
Written 23 August 2022
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YExploreYosemite
Congratulations on your Half Dome hike in Yosemite. We are so happy David was able to help you have a great day.
Written 8 October 2022
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Nini
Modesto, CA5 contributions
I had such a phenomenal time at Yosemite National Park. The views were absolutely incredible and John was an excellent, personable host who is very familiar with the park, it's rich history, and spot on recommendations of hiking ventures to explore. The locations we were able to visit through Yosemite Valley had the most beautiful backdrops to take pictures and create worthwhile memories. I wasn't sure I was going to see everything I wanted to see on this trip because of COVID and the potential limitations, but we were able to safely explore the park by wearing our masks and social distancing. Catherine was also very helpful in providing background information of the tour such as specific route recommendations, expected miles to hike roundtrip, items to bring, etc. You will not regret purchasing this tour -- it was well worth it!
Written 9 January 2021
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YExploreYosemite
Thank you Tanisha. We are so thrilled you had such a phenomenal time at Yosemite National Park. Safety is a top priority for us so we are happy to hear your tour met your expectations while providing you with a safe experience.
Written 15 January 2021
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