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Yosemite Hiking Tours

Let experienced local guides take you on spectacular Yosemite National Park hiking tours.
Backpackers on a Yosemite trails at sunrise.
Backpacking adventures
Explore scenic trails and camp under the stars.
Two hikers atop Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, USA.
Private tours
Craft your perfect trip, enjoy with friends & family.
A woman hiking near Yosemite river in Yosemite NP
Luxury trips
Great food, premium lodges & world-class amenities.
A father hiking with his son on a trail in Yosemite.
Beginner-friendly hikes
Family-friendly single-day & multi-day trips.
Backpackers on a Yosemite trails at sunrise.
Backpacking adventures
Explore scenic trails and camp under the stars.
4-8 days /  From $1,560 /  8 Trips
Two hikers atop Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, USA.
Private tours
Craft your perfect trip, enjoy with friends & family.
1 day /  From $600 /  1 Trip
A woman hiking near Yosemite river in Yosemite NP
Luxury trips
Great food, premium lodges & world-class amenities.
6 days /  From $5,283 /  1 Trip
A father hiking with his son on a trail in Yosemite.
Beginner-friendly hikes
Family-friendly single-day & multi-day trips.
1-6 days /  From $600 /  4 Trips

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What do people think of our Yosemite Hiking Tours?
Alex Farr

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed my Yosemite Grand Traverse trip. I saw Yosemite in such a way that will stay with me forever. The food, the guiding, the route and the views were all perfect! The best part of the trip was our guide Csuri Odry. She is by far in all my years of expeditions around the world, the finest guide I have ever had the privilege of learning from. She is a real gem and made the trip extremely fun, safe, memorable and one that I would recommend to anyone.

Rachel D

We had an incredible experience with Lasting Adventures! It was our first visit to Yosemite and kicking off the trip with a guided hike was perfect. It was just our group of 4 (me, my husband, and 2 friends) which was great because we got to ask lots of questions and take the day at our preferred pace. Our guide, Michael, was absolutely wonderful – very welcoming and easy to get along with! He is so knowledgable about the park, its history, and the nature and wildlife. He came well-prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, and extra water and snacks for all. And he took a bunch of quality photos of our group! The hike included a great mix of epic sights from higher elevations, and provided us with a nice overview of Yosemite, as well as ideas for other hikes to do on our own during the rest of our trip. I highly recommend Lasting Adventures for your trip to Yosemite. We were blown away!

cezefo

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!!

Mara B

I chose the Hidden Yosemite trip and joined two other Washingtonians that I hike with regularly. What an incredible trip. First and foremost, our guides Will and Bella were awesome. They kept us well fed, educated on the history of Yosemite. Who knew that the white powder on an aspen tree could be used as sunscreen? They made the whole journey memorable. I can’t imagine a better way to experience this amazing place. A sincere thank you to Lasting Adventures and to Will and Bella!

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Exploring California’s hiking paradise

America’s most spectacular national park

A true jewel of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite was designated a protected wilderness area in 1864, with its many granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene meadows. In its very heart lies Yosemite Valley, framed by iconic landmarks like Half Dome and El Capitan, both world-class hiking destinations.

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A perfect trail for every traveler

Endless hiking options

  • Explore the park’s classic trails and discover hidden gem hikes with knowledgeable local guides.

Epic backpacking opportunities

  • Yosemite was made for camping and backpacking! Experience the serenity of sleeping under the open skies.

Visit iconic destinations

  • Marvel at some of the most famous natural landmarks in the world, including Half Dome and El Cap.
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Best hiking destinations in Yosemite National Park

Half Dome
The crown jewel of Yosemite. This challenging hike rewards with iconic views from the granite dome’s summit. Permits are required – snag one well in advance!

El Capitan
This behemoth is a legendary climbing challenge, as well as a spectacular hiking destination. Witness its majesty from afar or watch climbers tackle its daunting vertical face.

Vernal Falls
A classic Yosemite hike with a refreshing payoff. Get ready for mist showers as you climb alongside the cascading falls.

Frequently Asked Questions About Yosemite hiking tours

  • Whether you need a reservation to enter Yosemite National Park depends on the date and time of your visit. Here’s a breakdown:

    No reservations required:

    • January 1st through February 9th, 2024: You can enter the park anytime without a reservation.
    • February 26th through April 12th, 2024: Similar to the above dates, no reservations are needed during this period.
    • Entering the park before 5 am or after 4 pm: As long as you enter the park outside peak hours, you can stay inside the park during those times.

    Reservations required:

    • February 10th through 25th, 2024: This applies to all days, including weekends and holidays.
    • April 13th through October 27th, 2024: During this period, reservations are required between 5 am and 4 pm on:
      • Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)
      • Holidays

    Note that even if you don’t need a reservation to enter the park, you’ll still need to pay the entrance fee. Also, if you plan on camping or staying overnight inside the park, you’ll need a separate reservation for your campsite. You can make these reservations through https://www.recreation.gov/.

  • Yes, there are many guided hikes available in Yosemite National Park. These hikes can be a great way to explore the park with a knowledgeable guide who can teach you about the history, geology, and ecology of the area. They can also be a good option if you’re not familiar with the trails or are looking for a challenge. 

  • Determining the absolute “most popular” trail in Yosemite National Park is tricky. However, Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail consistently ranks very highly among visitors and receives excellent reviews on various hiking platforms due to its stunning scenery and accessibility.

  • Determining the absolute “most popular” trail in Yosemite National Park is tricky. However, Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail consistently ranks very highly among visitors and receives excellent reviews on various hiking platforms due to its stunning scenery and accessibility.

  • The number of days you need to hike Yosemite depends on what you want out of the experience. Here’s a breakdown:

    • 1-2 days: If you’re short on time or just want a taste of Yosemite’s beauty, you can do some amazing shorter hikes like:
      • Lower Yosemite Fall Trail (7.2 miles round trip) – Offers scenic views of the lower Yosemite Falls.
      • Mirror Lake Loop (2 miles round trip) – An easy, paved trail with stunning reflections of Half Dome in Mirror Lake.
      • Sentinel Dome Trail (2.5 miles round trip) – Provides panoramic views of Yosemite Valley.
    • 3-4 days: This is a good amount of time to experience a wider range of trails, including some moderate hikes like:
      • Vernal and Nevada Falls via Mist Trail (6.5 miles round trip) – Offers stunning views of Vernal and Nevada Falls.
      • Glacier Point Hike (8 miles round trip) – A challenging hike with breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome.
    • 5+ days: If you’re a seasoned hiker and want to explore the park extensively, consider:
      • Half Dome Hike (14-16 miles round trip) – Requires a permit and is very challenging, but offers incredible views. 
      • John Muir Trail (211 miles) – Legendary long-distance trail that traverses Yosemite and other Sierra Nevada wilderness areas.
  • Yosemite National Park boasts a diverse range of trails catering to all experience levels.

    Beginner-friendly 2-mile hikes like the Mirror Lake Loop and the Sentinel Dome Trail provide easy access to spectacular views. They are short, relatively easy, and doable with children or seniors.

    Trails like the Mist Trail and the Yosemite Falls Trail will be more challenging, with tougher terrain and more significant elevation gain. Decent fitness levels are required.

    For advanced hikers looking to challenge themselves, strenuous treks like the Half Dome Hike & Cloud’s Rest Hike have high elevation gain, rough terrain, and steep inclines. We recommend having excellent fitness levels and prior hiking experience before attempting them.

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