Yosemite Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Fresno, CA
  • Trip End: Fresno, CA
yosemite hiking tour

Hike the best of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, from Half Dome to El Capitan, on our Yosemite Adventure.

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 explore arguably the most awe-inspiring landscapes of North America. After meeting your group in Fresno, 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.

Yosemite Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Fresno, CA Trip End: Fresno, CA
  • Day 1Pick up in Fresno, hike the Mariposa Grove among giant Sequoias

  • Day 2Hike Hetch Hetchy, swim in the Tuolumne River

  • Day 3Hike to the top of Vernal Fall on the Mist Trail and back on John Muir trail

  • Day 4Try rock climbing (at your level), watch sunset from Glacier Point

  • Day 5Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Hike

  • Day 6Relax at the spa, farewell!

  • Day 1

    Pick up in Fresno, hike the Mariposa Grove among giant Sequoias

    Sunday morning pick up in Fresno. Shuttle north toward the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias where we’ll have a short welcome meeting at the Mariposa Grove Visitor Center. After, we'll stretch our legs on the Mariposa Grove hike under the giant sequoia trees. Following a picnic lunch at Wawona 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: 
    8 kilometres (5 miles), 2.5 hours, rolling hills

  • Day 2

    Hike Hetch Hetchy, swim in the Tuolumne River

    While the full loop around Hetch Hetchy reservoir stretches for nearly 28 miles, today's hike will be about a quarter of that, and every bit as beautiful. On the trail, you'll witness beautiful natural scenery, like the thundering waters of Wapama Falls tumbling down the rocky cliffs. After you’ve worked up a sweat, you can take a dip in the South Fork of the Tuolumne River – so remember your swimsuit!  
    Rush Creek Lodge (All meals)

    Hetch Hetchy Hiking Distance: 
    8.8 kilometres (5.5 miles)

  • Day 3

    Hike to the top of Vernal Fall on the Mist Trail and back on John Muir trail

    This morning, we shuttle to the trailhead of the Mist Trail. This 3.3-mile hike takes you to the top of Vernal Fall, tackling 1,000
    feet of elevation gain that includes an unforgettable stretch of 600 steep stone steps in the midst of a waterfall. When you get to the Vernal Fall footbridge, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the 317-foot-high waterfall roaring down below. 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)

  • Day 4

    Try rock climbing (at your level), watch sunset from Glacier Point

    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. Next, take a refreshing dip at Merced River before enjoying an early dinner. To complete this adventure-filled day, we'll take in a sunset from Glacier Point before making our way back to Tenaya.

    Tenaya Lodge (All meals)

    Rock Climbing:
    No experience necessary, gear and instruction provided

  • Day 5

    Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Hike

    Today, embark on an all-day hike to experience two of Yosemite's south rim highlights. Along an 8 kilometre (5 mile) loop, you'll see for yourself the majesty of Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Taft Point offers dramatic exposure and one of the best vistas over the western Yosemite Valley, while Sentinel Dome’s symmetrical granite summit provides the south rim’s best panorama. You'll also emerge at viewpoints featuring unique perspectives of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Transfer back to Tenaya for a final dinner with the group.

    Tenaya Lodge (All meals)

    Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Hiking Distance:
     8 kilometres (5 miles), 5 to 6 hours
    Elevation Gain: 335 metres (1,100 feet)

  • Day 6

    Relax at the spa, farewell!

    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).


Tour Departure Dates

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  • 1 year
USD $4499/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

7 May 2023
7 May12 May
Yosemite Adventure 5/7/2023-5/12/2023
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14 May 2023
14 May19 May
Yosemite Adventure 5/14/2023-5/19/2023
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21 May 2023
21 May26 May
Yosemite Adventure 5/21/2023-5/26/2023
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28 May 2023
28 May2 Jun
Yosemite Adventure 5/28/2023-6/2/2023
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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.


Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip we can either pick you up from the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fresno Airport at 7am or the Best Western Plus Freno Inn at 7:15am.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Fresno Airport at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Fresno around 1.30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Fresno the night before the trip starts. 

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Fresno any time after 3pm. If you’re considering alternative flight times please check with us.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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