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Itinerary
Meet your guides at Yosemite Lodge the morning of your hike. Hop aboard a 1-hour shuttle ride to Glacier Point and enjoy narration about the famous national park along the way.

Soak up views of iconic landmarks including Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome upon arriving at Glacier Point. Begin your hike here, passing three scenic waterfalls: Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall and Yosemite Falls. Snap as many pictures as you'd like while your guides discuss the historical significance of the vista.

Afterward, begin the decent along a stunning 8.5-mile (13.7-km) route. Trek down an impressive 3,179 feet (969 meters) in elevation, pausing to refuel and enjoy the view from the top of Illilouette Fall.

Tackle the moderately strenuous section of switchbacks for the next mile or so, ascending back up 300 feet (91 meters). Afterward, you’ll be rewarded with a flat, beautiful stretch toward the Panorama Trail, which faithful to its name, offers gorgeous views throughout  the valley. Continue back downhill to reach the top of Nevada Fall, where you’ll pause for lunch.

After satisfying your appetite, follow your guides on one of two trails. For a slightly shorter route, head down the granite staircases of the Mist Trail, which runs alongside the Merced River and the waters of Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. For higher vantage points, opt for the less strenuous trek down the John Muir Trail, enjoying views of Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada falls and the granite dome of Liberty Cap.

Both trails lead to restrooms at the bottom of Vernal Fall. After a brief downhill hike to Happy Isles, your tour will conclude with a shuttle back to Yosemite Lodge.
Locations visited
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail
Half Dome
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Overview
Explore Yosemite National Park on this day hike from Glacier Point. Led by an expert guide, hear about the park’s natural features as you journey past three famous waterfalls: Vernal Fall, Illilouette Fall and Nevada Fall. Take in stunning views of Half Dome after a shuttle ride to Glacier Point and, from there, begin a moderately strenuous 8.5-mile trek on foot. Travel down to the valley floor and soak up the scenery of the Panorama and Mist Trails. This small group tour runs from May to October.
Highlights
  • Full-day Yosemite hike from Glacier Point, led by expert guides
  • Learn about Yosemite National Park on a 1-hour shuttle ride to the viewpoint, and snap photos of Half Dome
  • Be challenged on moderately difficult hikes along the Panorama Trail and the Mist Trail
  • Hike downhill to the top of Illilouette Fall, and follow switchbacks to Nevada Fall
  • Descend the granite steps alongside Vernal Fall, or opt for the less strenuous John Muir Trail
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 26 June 2018
Best part of visit to Yosemite!

We took the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point with our guide, Zach on June 14th. From scheduling the hike to meeting Zach that morning, everything was easy. The views on the hike were amazing and the waterfalls were beautiful (even looking straight down them from...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile
Fantastic Experience!!!

First time to Yosemite and my wife and I had a Marvelous Time. Just turned 60 and was concerned that we could make it. Our Guide Juliet was so kind and helpful. She provided a significant amount of information about the Park and what we...More

Thank Dan E
Reviewed 31 October 2017
Great hike down Panorama Trail

I had a great day hiking down to the valley from Glacier Point with my guide Graham and another couple. Graham was very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics and was really fun to hike with to boot. We took in some amazing sights...More

Thank drk88
Reviewed 25 October 2017
Friendly and knowledgable guide. Highly recommended!!

First time hikers on our first visit to Yosemite. signed up for Yosemite Valley Tour on Saturday and Day Hike from Glacier Point on Sunday. Had Amelia as our guide on both days. She is very friendly and extremely knowledgable. told us lots of interesting...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017
First-Time Hiker

I made a rather last-minute decision to give hiking a try over the weekend and I don't regret it one bit. Kimball took great care of the group, was super informative, and made sure everyone had a great experience. It being my first day hike...More

Thank Justin D
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