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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

$365 for 1-6 participants with 1 Private Guide
$70 each additional participant up to 10 people

Dates of trip in 2017
Daily May 1 - October 1. Call for availability in the off-season, 800-231-4575


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

Ian, We just returned from a marvelous visit to Yosemite. I wanted to share with you that our day hike with Pete was spectacular, and Pete was one of the best guides! He accommodated our planned route, adjusted to our pace and stamina, and provided the perfect experience. Thanks again for helping to make our Yosemite experience so memorable. This was my 7th trip to Yosemite over the years. It is always a pure joy.

-Marshall Zolla - Yosemite Day Hike, May 2014

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

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time Michael and I had with Jade. She is a lovely, intelligent woman who gave us a lot of information about the park. Michael is not as comfortable as I am with being out in the woods and she respected that and helped him to feel very comfortable while at the same time giving me a little more hiking. And even with our
car delay in the morning we still had a great day. Yosemite is a beautiful treasure that we have. I would totally do it again, maybe spring next time.

-Mary Cole - September 2014

Our guide Fred...Informative, fun, really intelligent. We loved Him.

-Pete Briger- Day Trip Yosemite May, 2015

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

Well - we're all back home safely in the UK after our 25-day USA road trip and I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and especially our guide Nick Robinson for an absolutely fantastic day hiking the South Rim... Obviously the valley itself is stunning but spending the day with Nick was a huge benefit as his knowledge of the flora & fauna and the history of the area really brought it all to life for us. Nick was a fine ambassador for SYMG and an absolute joy to spend the day with. He was warm, friendly and attentive to us all and the kids thought he was awesome. I'd be grateful if you could pass on our thanks once again to Nick for making our time in Yosemite so special and I shall recommend your company to everyone I know

-Shaw Family, UK-Yosemite Day Trip, 2015

Tony and I had a great trip to the U.S. and loved visiting California.

One of our highlights has to be the magnificent Yosemite and in particular our day's hike with you. Thank you for making that a special day and sharing your love of the place and its people and history. It was all amazing!

I'm keen to plan more hikes but this time a little closer to home in Europe!

-Rita and Tony Antoniou Aug, 2015 Yosemite Day Hike