Yosemite Hiking Tour

Start: Fresno, CA, USA

Finish: Fresno, CA, USA

Visiting:

Fresno

,

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

,

El Capitan

,

Bridalveil Fall

,

Rush Creek Lodge

,

Wapama Falls

,

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

,

Yosemite National Park

,

Hetch Hetchy Valley

,

Yosemite Valley

,

Tuolumne River

,

Vernal Falls

,

Nevada Fall

,

Tenaya Lodge

,

Sentinel Dome

,

Upper Yosemite Falls

,

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

,

Half Dome

,

Sentinel Rock

,

Yosemite Falls


Tour operator:

Active Adventures

Duration:

5 Nights

Physical rating:

Medium, Activity Level 3

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

287

Group size:

1 - 12

Age range:

15-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:


From:

$4299

$4084

tourhub discount: $215

  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 90 days before departure

Tour Overview

Yosemite is well-known for its towering granite monoliths, giant sequoias and dramatic valleys. Around every corner is a new jaw-dropping view, and on this 6-day Yosemite National Park Hiking Tour, you'll you'll journey to Mariposa Grove, famous for its Giant Sequoias that humble every explorer. Enjoy a tranquil walk through these towering trees before heading into Yosemite National Park. Once inside, your routine transforms to hearty breakfasts, mind-blowingly beautiful treks, picture-perfect picnics and elegant lodgings. Hike to Wapama Falls, spot the perfect swimming hole along the Tuolomne River, conquer 1,000 feet of elevation to reach the top of Vernal Fall, test your skills during a rock climbing and rappelling class and embark on an all-day hike in Upper Yosemite. With two guides who know every nook and cranny, you can rest assured you'll be seeing the best of the best on this Yosemite National Park hiking tour.

Highlights

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    "HIKE Mariposa Grove among the Giant Sequoias To Wapama Falls The Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Fall Along the Valley Loop Trail for spectacular views Half Dome To Upper Yosemite FallsPLUS.. Try rock climbing"

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Pick up in Fresno, hike the Mariposa Grove among giant Sequoias

Location: Fresno, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Rush Creek Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday morning pick up in Fresno. Shuttle north toward the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias where we’ll take a short, peaceful hike amongst these gentle giants. Following lunch we drive into the park, stopping for a picnic lunch and photo ops at Tunnel View. Tunnel View is the classic view that Ansel Adams made famous showcasing El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall. Late afternoon, check into Rush Creek Lodge, your home for the next two nights.Rush Creek Lodge (All meals)Mariposa Grove Hiking Distance: 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles)

icon Day 2 : Trek to Wapama Falls and the Tuolomne River

Location: Wapama Falls, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy Valley, Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne River, Rush Creek Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, shuttle to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for our trek to Wapama Falls. Along this fascinating trek, listen as your guides tell you stories of John Muir’s time in Yosemite. He claims the Hetch Hetchy Valley was every bit as beautiful as Yosemite Valley until the 1920s; then the Tuolomne River was dammed to create a water supply for San Francisco. After lunch, we will head out for another pleasant hike along the Tuolomne River on the lookout for the perfect swimming hole. Return back to the lodge for relaxation and then dinner.Rush Creek Lodge (All meals)Wapama Falls Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (5 miles), moderate difficultyTuolomne River Hiking Distance: 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles)

icon Day 3 : Hike to the top of Vernal Fall on the Mist Trail, and to Nevada Fall

Location: Vernal Falls, Nevada Fall, Tenaya Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, we shuttle to the trailhead of the Mist Trail. A 3.3-mile hike takes us to the top of Vernal Fall, tackling 1,000 feet of elevation gain that includes an unforgettable stretch of steep stone steps in the midst of a waterfall. If the group feels up to it, we’ll continue on to Nevada Fall and hike back to where we started along the John Muir Trail. Later, we’ll transfer to Tenaya Lodge, your home for the next three nights. Continue your exploration of this amazing area tonight as you spend dinner and the rest of the evening on your own.Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch)Mist Trail to Nevada Falls Hiking Distance: 11.2 kilometres (7 miles)Elevation Gain: 580 metres (1900 feet)

icon Day 4 : Try rock climbing (at your level), watch sunset from Sentinel Dome

Location: Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fuel up with a warm, fresh meal before we head out to Half Dome Village, where we’ll grab some climbing shoes for a fantastic day of rock climbing and rappelling – no trip to Yosemite would be complete without it! Classes are designed for climbers of all levels, so everyone from beginners to experts will take away a new skill-set. You’ll spend the better part of the day learning everything there is to know about rock climbing – from tying knots to rappelling, and everything in between. After a pizza lunch at your climbing site, we’ll continue our uphill ascent through the early afternoon. Tonight we eat an early dinner and take in a sunset from Sentinel Dome before making our way back to Tenaya.Tenaya Lodge (All meals)Rock Climbing: No experience necessary, gear and instruction providedSentinel Dome Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles)Elevation Gain: 120 metres (400 feet)

icon Day 5 : Hike to Upper Yosemite Falls for views of the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Sentinel Rock

Location: Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Yosemite Falls, Tenaya Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, embark on an all-day hike along with one of Yosemite’s oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877). This trail starts along the Valley Loop Trail, and immediately begins its climb, switchback after switchback, through oak woodland. At a mile in, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock. From here, we continue another half mile to get a stunning view of Upper Yosemite Falls. The upper half of the trail is steep and rocky, but the arduous climb is well worth the amazing views you will be rewarded with at the Brink of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a well-earned trailside lunch and continue down the way you came. Transfer back to Tenaya for a final dinner with the group.Tenaya Lodge (All meals)Upper Falls Yosemite Trail Hiking Distance: 11.6 kilometres (7.2 miles)Elevation Gain: 823 metres (2700 feet)

icon Day 6 : Relax at the spa, farewell!

Location: Fresno

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge. This morning you can take advantage of some last-minute pool or spa time. Reluctantly we say goodbye to the park and start our way back to Fresno. Hotel and airport drop-offs in the early afternoon (no flights before 3 pm please).Breakfast

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Full Board

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

Check out our Q&As

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

On a case by case basis, please inquire if you have children younger than 15 years old.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1996

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travellers Against Plastic

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes,

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    No

Reviews

Great Experience

Never did a group trip before, but we were thrilled with the experience and the professionalism and service of the guides.

Never did a group trip before, but we were thrilled with the experience and the professionalism and service of the guides.


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Matt T.

17-Jun-2021

Really Fun

It was a really fun trip and the guides were wonderful; I'd love to do another Austin Adventures trip!

It was a really fun trip and the guides were wonderful; I'd love to do another Austin Adventures trip!


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Elizabeth K.

28-Jul-2021

Outstanding guided tour

Outstanding guided tour of Glacier National Park from start to finish. Whether we were hiking, rafting, dining on a delicious mid hike lunch expertly prepared by our guides, enjoying the ....more

Outstanding guided tour of Glacier National Park from start to finish.

Whether we were hiking, rafting, dining on a delicious mid hike lunch expertly prepared by our guides, enjoying the scenery as we viewed wildlife, or enjoying dinner at a nice, unique restaurant, our guides, Mike and Kristin, consistently delivered an amazing experience.

Thank you for your expert handling of all of the logistics and providing such a wonderful experience.

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Joe B.

04-Aug-2021

The trip was fantastic

The trip was fantastic and the guides were very accommodating and responsive to the needs of our family.

The trip was fantastic and the guides were very accommodating and responsive to the needs of our family.


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Tony K.

12-Aug-2021

CA Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is an amazing place, and this trip took us to a wide variety of places - forests, lakes, mountains, water falls, canyons, etc. The hiking was challenging ....more

Yosemite National Park is an amazing place, and this trip took us to a wide variety of places - forests, lakes, mountains, water falls, canyons, etc.

The hiking was challenging in some spots but definitely doable and the views from the top of the domes and various peaks, as well as looking up from the valley, could take your breadth away.

The accommodations were great, particularly considering that usually hotels near the entrances of national parks are modest at best.

While this was my first trip with Austin Adventures, I have been on numerous active travel group trips and I have always concluded that the trip guides/leaders are the biggest factor in my overall enjoyment of the trip.

That was the case here as well.

Grace and Steve were outstanding leaders.

Not only did they have all the requisite knowledge about the area and skills to run a group trip, but they genuinely wanted to make sure we were all having a great time and our needs were met.

They were enthusiastic, encouraging in a non-pushy way, had great senses of humor and were able to adapt the schedule as necessary to ensure we had the best experience possible - which was really important given the staffing challenges this summer in and around the national parks.

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Kim P.

31-Oct-2021

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Yosemite Hiking Tour

Start: Fresno, CA, USA

Finish: Fresno, CA, USA

Visiting:

Fresno

,

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

,

El Capitan

,

Bridalveil Fall

,

Rush Creek Lodge

,

Wapama Falls

,

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

,

Yosemite National Park

,

Hetch Hetchy Valley

,

Yosemite Valley

,

Tuolumne River

,

Vernal Falls

,

Nevada Fall

,

Tenaya Lodge

,

Sentinel Dome

,

Upper Yosemite Falls

,

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

,

Half Dome

,

Sentinel Rock

,

Yosemite Falls


Tour operator:

Active Adventures

Duration:

5 Nights

Physical rating:

Medium, Activity Level 3

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

287

Group size:

1 - 12

Age range:

15-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:


From:

$4299

$4084

tourhub discount: $215

  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 90 days before departure
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