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Step into the heart of California’s wilderness with our 4-day lodge-based Yosemite tour, designed for the adventurous ones. Picture hiking the iconic Mist Trail, where the spray of waterfalls kisses your face, igniting a sense of awe. Feel the thrill as you go up Mt. Hoffman, taking in sweeping vistas before wandering through the ancient giants of Mariposa Grove. And let’s not forget the jaw-dropping views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, and Taft Point! Experience Yosemite in comfort and style on this unforgettable journey, with expert guides leading the way.

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  • Lodging with style

    Explore Yosemite the traditional way and return each evening to your comfortable lodge with modern amenities and excellent meals

  • Perfect for families and first-timers

    All skill levels are welcome: easily reach towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes, and lush forests

  • Authentic and rewarding wilderness experience

    Let a knowledgeable guide teach you about the geology, natural history, plants, and animals

Available itineraries

Yosemite National Park Lodging in the King Room

If you're looking for a change of scenery, join this lodge-based hiking tour of Yosemite and enjoy the views as you visit some of its most iconic locations. You will stay in a Lodge King Room designed to comfortably fit parties of up to 4 people. With a stylish sitting area, private deck with forest and/or sunset views, and private bathroom with shower, you can relax and recharge after a day of hiking and exploration. Rooms have one king bed and one queen-size sofa bed.

  • This private Yosemite hiking tour includes lodging the night before and the night after your 4 days of hiking. Obtaining reservations in and around Yosemite can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible, so your guides schedule these rooms in advance to save you some time and make the experience even better. In case you don’t need the pre- or post-trip lodging, let us know and we can reduce your price accordingly. There will be a 7 pm orientation with your guides for those who have checked in.

    Meals: –

    Rush Creek Guest Lodge and Pool Area Kim Carroll
  • Today you will be picked up by your guide at Rush Creek Lodge at 8 am, so grab your breakfast early. After morning stretches, start off towards the Happy Isles trailhead and hike the famous Mist Trail. This hike takes 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. As you complete your loop, return to the valley via the famous John Muir Trail, offering new perspectives of the waterfalls you just visited. Following the hike, drive back to Rush Creek Lodge for an evening of dinner and relaxation.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, dinner
    Driving: 45 minutes each way
    Hiking: 7.2 miles/ 11.6 km

    Yosemite National Park Lodging Tour: Numerous waterfalls along the Mist Trail
  • In the morning, shuttle to the May Lake parking lot where you 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 your way back, you will have a chance to take a dip in May Lake. Return to the lodge in time for dinner and s’mores at the campfire circle by the outdoor pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Driving: 60 minutes each way
    Hiking: 6 miles/ 9.6 km

    Enjoying the view of May Lake
  • This will be one of your busiest days! After an early morning breakfast, head to the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees located by the park’s southern boundary. This is the largest grove in Yosemite and home to over 500 mature trees. After touring the grove, head to a picnic lunch in Wawona and continue your travels to the famous Glacier Point, where you will spend time taking in the views and learning about the history of this famous landmark. Hike from the Glacier Point to the summit of Sentinel Dome at 8,122 ft/ 2476 m for an amazing 360-degree view. After descending Sentinel Dome, you will have the option of hiking to Taft Point for a magical sunset before returning to the lodge for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Driving: 105 minutes each way
    Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km

    Taft Point
  • After breakfast at Rush Creek, our guides will shuttle you back along the scenic Tioga Pass Road to one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada: Tuolumne Meadows. At 8,600 ft/ 2620 m, Tuolumne Meadows offers you a chance to hike and explore at an alpine level. Hike 1.6 miles / 2.6 km to the top of Lembert Dome for an amazing view of this glacially formed meadow before backtracking 1.3 miles/ 2 km to Dog Lake for lunch and a swim. Hike further down the Tuolumne River before returning to the Visitor Center to catch the shuttle. If time permits, you could stop at the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias for a 2.5 mile/ 4 km hike to enjoy this historic grove. Get back to your lodging where you can debrief, relax and have dinner on your last evening in Yosemite.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, dinner
    Driving: 75 minutes each way
    Hiking: 6 miles/ 9.6 km

    Toulumne
  • Those staying for a final night can have that one well-needed morning to sleep in, and perhaps, follow your late morning with a scheduled massage at Rush Creek (optional, not included in our price).
    Although we do our best to follow this itinerary; it can and will change for matters out of our control. Should weather, fire, group desires, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered.

    Meals: –

  • 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. Also, as a group you can work with your guide to develop new daily itineraries by request.

Yosemite National Park Lodging in the Villa

Join us on this lodge-based guided tour of Yosemite and explore some of its most iconic landmarks. Spend your days hiking to amazing waterfalls, cliffs and meadows, and rest in a hillside villa that hosts up to 6 people. This stunning lodging features an entry foyer, private bathroom, a master bedroom with a king bed, second bedroom with two twin beds, a large sitting area with a queen sofa bed and cast iron gas fireplace. In the evenings, watch the stars from your expansive private deck and relax in comfy beds.

  • This private Yosemite hiking tour includes lodging the night before and the night after your 4 days of hiking. Obtaining reservations in and around Yosemite can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible, so your guides schedule these rooms in advance to save you some time and make the experience even better. In case you don’t need the pre- or post-trip lodging, let us know and we can reduce your price accordingly. There will be a 7 pm orientation with your guides for those who have checked in.

    Meals: –

    Rush Creek Guest Lodge and Pool Area Kim Carroll
  • Today you will be picked up by your guide at Rush Creek Lodge at 8 am, so grab your breakfast early. After morning stretches, start off towards the Happy Isles trailhead and hike the famous Mist Trail. This hike takes 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. As you complete your loop, return to the valley via the famous John Muir Trail, offering new perspectives of the waterfalls you just visited. Following the hike, drive back to Rush Creek Lodge for an evening of dinner and relaxation.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, dinner
    Driving: 45 minutes each way
    Hiking: 7.2 miles/ 11.6 km

    Yosemite National Park Lodging Tour: Numerous waterfalls along the Mist Trail
  • In the morning, shuttle to the May Lake parking lot where you 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 your way back, you will have a chance to take a dip in May Lake. Return to the lodge in time for dinner and s’mores at the campfire circle by the outdoor pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Driving: 60 minutes each way
    Hiking: 6 miles/ 9.6 km

    Enjoying the view of May Lake
  • This will be one of your busiest days! After an early morning breakfast, head to the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees located by the park’s southern boundary. This is the largest grove in Yosemite and home to over 500 mature trees. After touring the grove, head to a picnic lunch in Wawona and continue your travels to the famous Glacier Point, where you will spend time taking in the views and learning about the history of this famous landmark. Hike from the Glacier Point to the summit of Sentinel Dome at 8,122 ft/ 2476 m for an amazing 360-degree view. After descending Sentinel Dome, you will have the option of hiking to Taft Point for a magical sunset before returning to the lodge for dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Driving: 105 minutes each way
    Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km

    Taft Point
  • After breakfast at Rush Creek, our guides will shuttle you back along the scenic Tioga Pass Road to one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada: Tuolumne Meadows. At 8,600 ft/ 2620 m, Tuolumne Meadows offers you a chance to hike and explore at an alpine level. Hike 1.6 miles / 2.6 km to the top of Lembert Dome for an amazing view of this glacially formed meadow before backtracking 1.3 miles/ 2 km to Dog Lake for lunch and a swim. Hike further down the Tuolumne River before returning to the Visitor Center to catch the shuttle. If time permits, you could stop at the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias for a 2.5 mile/ 4 km hike to enjoy this historic grove. Get back to your lodging where you can debrief, relax and have dinner on your last evening in Yosemite.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, dinner
    Driving: 75 minutes each way
    Hiking: 6 miles/ 9.6 km

    Toulumne
  • Those staying for a final night can have that one well-needed morning to sleep in, and perhaps, follow your late morning with a scheduled massage at Rush Creek (optional, not included in our price).
    Although we do our best to follow this itinerary; it can and will change for matters out of our control. Should weather, fire, group desires, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered.

    Meals: –

  • 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. Also, as a group you can work with your guide to develop new daily itineraries by request.

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Meet your guide

Lasting Adventures
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Lasting Adventures
Hiking & Backpacking Guides
Operating since 1997, the non-profit Lasting Adventures, Inc. is the #1 backcountry outfitter in Yosemite National Park. Their small group backpacking trips are all-inclusive as they provide free use of quality gear provided to them by corporate partners such as Gregory, Big Agnes, and Leki. In addition to supporting you along the trail and while in camp, their professional guides take care of making high-quality and delicious meals and other camp chores. Their guides and outdoor educators are the key ingredients to our success at Lasting Adventures. While they all come from different backgrounds, they also all share a passion for adventure, fun, American National Parks, and sharing outdoor experiences with others to create memories that last a lifetime.

Lodging made for comfort

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Amazing First Hiking-Camping Experience
cezefo (source: Tripadvisor)

We were a group of 7 family members (ages 22-65 years old), for all of us was our first hiking/backpacking/camping experience. We all have such an amazing yet challenging experience, it was really worthy! Thank you so much to our guides Nicole and Jack for your cheers, your spirit, your cooking, your yoga time, your knowledge and for doing this family trip so great! We really enjoy it!!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4 days of hiking and 6 nights of lodging in Rush Creek Lodge
      • Transportation to/from day hikes throughout the duration of the trip
      • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through dinner on Day 5
      • Guides emergency gear and water purification.
      • Permits

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to/from Yosemite National Park
      • Dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 6
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Single supplement
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional

    Single travelers requesting a shared accommodation will need to pay a “forced single supplement” when there are no other travelers of the same sex also requesting shared accommodations.

  • The best thing about this camping tour in Yosemite is that it is suitable for all skill levels. You will hike 2-7.2 miles/ 3-11.5 km per day, totaling about 27 miles/42 km. You don’t need previous experience of multi-day hikes but you should be at a fairly good level of fitness. You need to be able to hike for 4 full days, carrying just a daypack with things you’ll need throughout the day.

    You will shuttle out daily from your campsite to selected hiking destinations. 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. This is a top-choice for first-timers to Yosemite!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Duffle bag for your clothes and personal items
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Comfortable hiking clothes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Mosquito head net
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • You can leave the cooking to your lodge and your experienced outdoor guides, known for providing tasty and satisfying meals. Each day you will have breakfast and dinner at your accommodation and a lunch box and snacks on trail. Your guides have experience accommodating a variety of dietary choices and concerns. Your lodge has restaurants on-site as well as within a 15 minute drive.

    Every night you will stay at the Rush Creek Lodge in rooms of your own choosing. Your options include a King Room which hosts 4 or a Hillside Villa perfect for 6 participants.

    Room amenities in Rush Creek include the usual air conditioning, free wifi and even an Alexa entertainment device. You will sleep in comfortable Sealy beds and luxurious, hypoallergenic feather pillows and when you wake up, feel free to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of gourmet Keurig coffee brew or complimentary tea. At the end of the day, relax your tired muscles with Earth Therapy bath products.

      • Air conditioning
      • Alexa and wifi
      • Comfy beds and hypoallergenic pillows
      • Complimentary coffee and tea
      • Linens and towels
      • Daily housekeeping
      • Daily New York Times Digest
      • Hair dryers and irons
      • Earth Therapy bath products
      • In-room safe
  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate.
      • Single travelers are welcome but will need to pay a “forced single supplement” when there are no other travelers of the same sex also requesting shared accommodations.

    Hiking and lodging in Yosemite can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • You will meet your guides at Rush Creek Lodge in Yosemite National Park at 7 pm on Day 1 for orientation and introductions. To get to Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland, CA, most people fly into Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT), 2.5 hours away. Other options include coming from Sacramento (3 hours away) or San Francisco (4 hours away).

    From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. The public roads are maintained year-round—except for the eastern entrance on Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park). Cars are welcomed in Yosemite National Park, and visitors pay an entrance fee of $35. There is free parking in Yosemite but it is limited.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Yosemite National Park, please refer to the California Department of Public Health.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 60 days in advance will be required to pay in full. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • More than 90 days prior to the start date, we will grant you a full refund.
      • Between 90 and 61 days prior to the start date, we will grant you a full refund minus a $50/person processing fee.
      • Between 60 and 46 days prior to the start date, we will retain 25% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
      • Between 45 and 31 days prior to the start date, we will retain 50% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
      • Less than 31 days prior to the start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund or credit.
      • Pre-trip lodging is included by default. In case you don’t need this, you should cancel it 31 or more days prior to the first night or you will receive no refund.
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