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Yosemite Valley Day Trip

About the trip

We will be spending the day hiking and sightseeing within Yosemite Valley. Yosemite is steeped in history, being the former home of some of America’s foremost conservationists including John Muir and Ansel Adams and is one of America’s first National Parks. Within Yosemite Valley reside three of the world’s highest waterfalls, the wild and scenic Merced River and the giant granite monoliths Half Dome and El Capitan. We offer a variety of hiking options to any of Yosemite’s iconic destinations, including Bridalveil Falls, the Mist Trail, and Yosemite Falls. All trips are catered to your personal interests.

About Your Guide

SYMG guides are professional, highly experienced and enjoyable people to be around. All have spent years perfecting their interpretive and mountain skills in and around Yosemite and look forward to not only teaching and guiding you in these spectacular locations, but getting to know you as well. Your guide is there to help you have the most fulfilling day possible in Yosemite. Tell your guide your goals and s/he will do their best to meet your needs in a safe and enjoyable manner. All SYMG guides are professionally trained and hold advanced medical certifications. Gratuities are accepted and appreciated for a job well done.

Equipment: The guide(s) carries a map, water filter, first aid and emergency items. Some guides may also carry binoculars, bird books, and/or other natural history guides for your use.

Your Cost Includes: Guide.

Not Included: Transportation, Personal gear, lunch and water, tips for guides.

Meals: No meals are provided. Bring snacks & light lunch food, as well as 2 liters of water

Preparation: Hiking and reading literature on the Yosemite area to familiarize yourself with the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the region's natural history.

Itinerary: Your guide will meet you at your hotel or other designated location in the Yosemite area. You'll provide your own transportation for the day, if applicable. Your guide will ask you about your personal interests, experience, and level of fitness to customize the day to your preferences. Some possible options are:


  • An easy day of short hikes in and around Yosemite Valley such as: absorbing the fantastic Bridalveil Falls (617'), hiking to the top of Vernal Falls (317’), getting up close and personal with the highest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls (2,425'), and stopping at El Capitan Meadow to spot climbers on the largest granite monolith in the world.

  • Moderate hiking to truly off-the-beaten-path locations that offer unique perspectives of Yosemite’s iconic landmarks, including a special, seldom-seen spot, leading to the best perspective of Yosemite Valley, with views of Vernal, Nevada, Yosemite, and Illilouette Falls.

  • A moderate hike up the world famous Mist Trail past Vernal (317') and Nevada Falls (594'), returning down the John Muir Trail, with scenic vistas overlooking Yosemite Valley.

  • A strenuous hike up Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, possibly continuing up to the summit of Eagle Peak with spectacular panoramas of the peaks of High Sierra and a unique, seldom-seen perspective of Yosemite Valley.


Trip Details

9am-5pm (8 hours)

Group size
Up to 10 hikers per guide

Trip Rating
All Levels

$395 for 1-6 participants with 1 Private Guide
$70 each additional participant up to 10 people

Dates of trip in 2018
Daily May 1 - October 1. Call for availability in the off-season, 800-231-4575


My daughter and I learned so much, and our guide Mike let us get close enough to feel the mist from Vernal Falls...we had so much fun! Can't say enough good things about him...and he had such a thorough knowledge of Yosemite and the surrounding area. Wonderful experience! I will definitely use SYMG again!

-Misty A., Texas

We're just back in UK from our trip to Yosemite which included a day hike with Fred Ackerman.
Just want to say how great he was. Our group was of mixed hiking abilities-I was definitely the slowest but he accommodated our pace completely and made our hike up Mist Trail and back down the John Muir a very memorable experience.
Fred was fun and knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about the geology, fauna and flora of Yosemite and he was full of top tips about the best viewpoints.
A brilliant day which we thoroughly enjoyed-thanks Fred!
We'll definitely use SYMG for any future trips.
Kind regards

-Annie May - July 2015

Recently my family and I had the opportunity to hike the Panorama Trail with Pete Devine. We absolutely loved the experience, and it was by far the highlight of our entire trip. Pete is an excellent guide and ambassador for SYMG. His extensive knowledge of Yosemite, the trails, and the wildlife made the trip even more memorable. I will definitely recommend SYMG for anyone wanting the best outdoor experience possible of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevadas.

--Kory Krista - Yosemite Day Hike, June 2014

Hi Ian, I just wanted to extend my thanks for organising the tour this past Sunday and wanted to let you know that we all thought Patrick was just wonderful. The guided tour was better than I could have anticipated thanks to Patrick's awesome personality and obvious knowledge of the area. We had a fabulous time and appreciated his patience and expertise.

-- Vicky Dal M. - Yosemite Day Tour, February 2012