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Yosemite Hiking & High Sierra Backpacking

Backpacking Trips

Yosemite Falls - Snow Creek Loop
Dates: May 9-11; June 6-8; June 20-22   Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights   Rating: Moderate
We'll spend 3 days backpacking up the Yosemite Falls trail and doing a loop back to Yosemite Valley. This is a wonderful early season trip (ideal for May departures).

Half Dome Backpacking Weekend:
Dates: June 20-23; Sept 18-21 Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights Rating: Moderate
On this 4-day adventure we'll backpack along the Merced River, up the famous Mist Trail, summit Half Dome, Yosemite's most famous monolith, camp in picturesque Little Yosemite Valley and hike on the iconic and historic John Muir Trail.

Half Dome and Cloud's Rest:
Dates: June 26-29; Sept 11-14 Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights Rating: Moderate
On this 4-day adventure we'll backpack through the Tuolumne back country, summit Clouds Rest (9,926') and Half Dome (8,836'), Yosemite's most famous monolith, as well as hike on the famous and historic John Muir Trail past two of the world's most iconic waterfalls.

Alpine Lakes:
Dates: June 18-22; July 23-27; Aug 6-10 Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: Moderate
Remote timberline lakes, spectacular views of the Sierra Crest, and an itinerary geared towards exploration of this seemingly untouched landscape.

Yosemite High Passes Loop:
Dates: July 7-13; Aug 11-17Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights Rating: Strenuous
The high country lakes, peaks, and passes of Yosemite are truly spectacular and on this 50 mile loop, we'll hike deep into the heart of this alpine environment.

Yosemite Grand Traverse:
Dates: July 12-19; Aug 23-30 Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights Rating: Moderate/difficult
This backpack trip is a real stunner with highlights including a Half Dome ascent, a section of the John Muir Trail, a tour of Yosemite Valley and a nearly 60-mile hiking traverse through the heart of Yosemite.

Trans-Sierra Trail to Mt Whitney:
Dates: Aug 29 - Sept 7 Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights Rating: Strenuous
A grand crossing of the Sierra Nevada through Sequoia Nat'l Park, culminating in an ascent of Mt. Whitney from the west, coupled with dramatic hiking deep in the wilderness makes this backpacking trip one of our most spectacular adventures.

John Muir Trail:
Dates: July 12 - Aug 3; Aug 23 - Sept 14 Duration: 23 days/ 22 nights Rating: Strenuous
Outside Magazine rated hiking the 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. Porter guides hike in 4 re-supplies of food during the journey, making the pack weight manageable each section.

Sierra High Route:
Dates: Aug 5-29 Duration: 26 days/ 25 nights Rating: Strenuous
The Sierra High Route (SHR) is an official name for an unofficial "route" that runs 195 miles above and across the The John Muir Trail. The trip is mostly off trail and follows the highest route in the Sierra for 195 miles from Southern Kings Canyon to Northern Yosemite.

Hiking with Packstock Trips

John Muir Trail: Agnew-Tuolumne Meadows:
Dates: July 22-26; Aug 12-16Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: Moderate
Alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows and glaciated peaks set the stage for an exciting and memorable adventure on one of the world's most classic hiking trails, the John Muir Trail.

Yosemite Grand Traverse (stock-supported):
Dates: July 17-24; Aug 9-16; Aug 30 - Sept 6 Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights Rating: Moderate
This hiking trip is a real stunner with highlights including a Half Dome ascent, a section of the John Muir Trail, a tour of Yosemite Valley and a nearly 60-mile hiking traverse through the heart of Yosemite.

Ansel Adams High Sierra Camp:
Dates: July 9-13; July 16-20; Aug 6- 10 Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: Moderate- Leisurely
An ideal family adventure-gear packed in with mules! Mount Whitney Hiking Trips: Horsepack supported Hiking trip to Mt Whitney (14,495') in Sequoia National Park.

Mt Conness:
Dates: Aug 5-9 Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: Moderate/Difficult
Classic High Sierra backpacking with beautiful hiking and a challenging 3rd class alpine peak ascent.

Mount Whitney Hiking Trip:
Dates: Aug 17-23 (FULL) Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights Rating: Moderate/Difficult
This trip if for those who would like to summit Mt Whitney while enjoying the remote backcountry wilderness of Sequoia National Park.

High Sierra Singer-Songwriter's Workshop
Dates: Call for Dates Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: Moderate
This unique trip combines the breathtaking beauty of California's Ansel Adams Wilderness with the opportunity to learn from and play music with some amazing singer-songwriters.

Day Hiking Trips

Yosemite Valley Day Hiking:
Dates: Daily, Year Round Rating: All Levels
Take a Yosemite hiking trip with a naturalist guide 'off the beaten path' through Yosemite's majestic landscape of waterfalls, high peaks, cascading streams, and lush meadows.

Glacier Point Area and Mariposa Grove Day Hiking:
Dates: Daily, Year Round Rating: All 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.

Panorama Trail Day Hike:
Dates: Daily, Late May - September Rating: Moderate
The 8.5-mile trail offers stunning views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, beginning on the southeastern rim and ending in Yosemite Valley 3,000 feet below.

Ansel Adams Wilderness Day Hike:
Dates: Daily, Late June - September Rating: All Levels
The Ansel Adams Wilderness is the perfect place to stretch your legs without having to share space with the throngs of park visitors.

Half Dome Day Hike:
Dates: TBD after Half Dome Permit Lottery April 2014 Rating: Strenuous
Looming 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley is the "Crown Jewel" of the Sierra, Half Dome. This granite monolith has captured the imagination of explorers, climbers and artists alike and is the most sought-after summit in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows Hiking Weekend:
Dates: July 17-20; July 31- Aug 3Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights Rating: Easy/Moderate
Tuolumne Meadows offers unparalleled access to the sub-alpine environment of Yosemite National Park. There are many high country day hikes that are easily accessible from the Meadow's Campgrounds.

Rock Climbing Trips

Private Rock Climbing Day:
Dates: Daily, Mid-May - September Rating: All Levels
Come climb with us! Let us show you the best of southern Yosemite rock climbing on scenic domes and crags. We cater the day to your own interests and abilities.

Climbing Skills Day:
Dates: Daily, Mid-May - September Rating: All Levels
Hiring a private guide is the best way to develop your technical skills and technique! Sport, trad, multi-pitch, setting protection, leading, anchors, self-rescue, technique or a variety of other focuses are possible.

Rock Climbing Weekends:
Dates: May 25-29; July 4-6; July 25-27; Aug 22-24 Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights Rating: All Levels
Small groups, tent camps near the climbing areas, and a program designed to cater to all levels of climbers make these trips a great way to spend a weekend in the Yosemite area.

Rock Climbing Camps:
Dates: June 30 - July 4; July 9-13; Aug 6-10 Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights Rating: All Levels
Take your skills a step further. Learn anchors, leading principles, AMGA standards for top ropes, advanced techniques and multipitch systems. Small groups, expert guides, scenic camps and a lot of great climbing.


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.