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Yosemite Hiking & High Sierra Backpacking


John Muir Trail

Dates July 11-Aug 2, 2015
July 12-Aug 3 2014
Aug 23-Sept 14, 2014
Duration 23 days
Outside Magazine rated hiking the John Muir Trail (JMT) with SYMG as one of the 50 greatest trips in the world. It spans 212 miles from Yosemite National Park to Mt. Whitney along the crest of the famed Sierra Nevada. Mules hike in 4 re-supplies of food during the journey, making the pack weight manageable each section. The JMT is, for many, a lifelong goal and accomplishment. Begin planning early as permits are very limited for this adventure. We lead the John Muir Trail hiking trips in both directions from Yosemite to Mt Whitney and Mt Whitney to Yosemite Valley.

Hiking with Packstock

Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove Day Trip

Duration 9am-5pm (8 hours )
DifficultyAll levels
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point area pair well as a full-day outing full of old-growth forests, sweeping panoramic vistas and granite domes. Learn about the park with a guide who knows it intimately, and looks forward to sharing it with you. The days are all privately arranged and catered to your personal interest and abilities.

Yosemite Adventure Camping

Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp

Duration 5 Days/4 Nights
DifficultyModerate / Basecamp
The Ansel Adams Wilderness is filled with high peaks, crystal clear alpine lakes, glorious meadows, and amazing panoramas - a fitting tribute to one of America's most influential photographers and conservationists. The packstock carries all of the gear to our camp along a scenic lake, leaving you to hike unburdened deep into this pristine wilderness area.

Yosemite Day Hiking

Yosemite Valley Day Trip

Duration 9am-5pm (8 hours)
DifficultyAll levels
Yosemite Hiking with a naturalist guide 'off the beaten path' through Yosemite Valley's majestic landscape of waterfalls, Granite monoliths, cascading streams, and lush meadows. Learn about the park with a guide who knows it intimately, and looks forward to sharing it with you. The days are all privately arranged and catered to your personal interest and abilities.

Rock Climbing

Panorama Trail Yosemite Day Hike

Duration 8am-6pm
DifficultyAll Levels
The Panorama Trail above Yosemite Valley is a true classic! The 8.5-mile trail offers stunning views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, beginning at the iconic Glacier Point and ending in Yosemite Valley 3,000 feet below.

International Trips

John Muir Trail Hiking Weekend

Duration 4 Days/3 Nights
DifficultyAll levels
Tuolumne Meadows offers unparalleled access to the John Muir Trail of Yosemite National Park. We will spend 4 days exploring this dramatic alpine environment with it's unique granite domes, wildflower-strewn meadows, and glaciated landscapes.

Professional Climbing Guides Institute: SYMG offers rock climbing guide training and certification courses and assessments via mentors and assessors approved by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI). PCGI is a 501c3 non-profit public charity that develops and governs nationally recognized training, assessment and certification standards for the professional and aspiring rock climbing guides in grade III and under terrain.

Private and Custom Trips

Private and Custom Trips
Let us plan the perfect adventure for you! At SYMG, we specialize in planning and executing memorable private and custom mountain trips. From expedition style John Muir Trail backpacking adventures, to family-oriented basecamp outings, our guides and staff will ensure that your trip exceeds all of your expectations.

Student Programs

Student Programs
SYMG offers unparalleled programming options for schools, travel camps, and outdoor programs both in Yosemite National Park and in the Sierra National Forest. Our guides have the experience and knowledge to instruct students on technical skills, natural history, ecology, land sciences, interpersonal communication, and group dynamics. Our highly customizable itineraries and progressive menu planning allow SYMG to meet any group’s needs. Rock climbing, day hiking, overnight camps and backpacking trips are all possibilities.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events
From our extensive experience comes the ability to design highly successful programs and events and an ability to seamlessly execute these outings. Whether your goals are team building, small group interaction, or large group promotional events, SYMG will make your vision a reality.