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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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YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
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
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Reviewed 8 July 2018
never enough time hiking with YExplore!

We have been hiking with John and his guides for over 7 years now. We have gotten quite familiar with the park and despite being able to hike all over on our own, we always choose to hike with John and his guides. I can't...More

Thank kay s
Reviewed 24 May 2018
One hike is not enough

I love hiking and trekking. Since I was going to visit Yosemite for the second time,I thought it was time to walk not only drive. I searched the internet’s and fount YExplore. Catherine could not be more helpful understand and accommodating. Our correspondence was long...More

Thank trekkerno1
Reviewed 13 March 2018
Making hiking accessible and fun

We were privileged to arrive in Yosemite a few days after a late winter snowstorm to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and to have John guide us on one intermediate and one moderate hike. We could not have asked for a better guide to help...More

1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 20 November 2017
Fun and Educational Hike

We had a fantastic time with our guide Jay! He was extremely knowledgeable and filled the hike with history, nature fun facts and great storytelling. The views we saw from Sentinel Dome during the morning part of our hike were exceptional! We ran into some...More

4  Thank Sammibears
Reviewed 2 November 2017
Beautiful and informative hiking outing

We did a guided Yexplore hike with our family group. They choose a spectacular 5 hour hike above Yosemite valley with great views. It was rated "moderate" and was just about right for our group in terms of pace and elevation change. Our guide was...More

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Response from trekkerno1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was the customer. You should address yourself to the company YExplore.
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