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Planning Your Yosemite Hiking Tour
Yosemite Guided Hiking Questions
All you need to bring is your lunch, personal clothing, and water for the day (2-3 liters per person) and we take care of the rest. Each SYMG guide carries with them a first aid kit, a trail map, interpretive guides to the park, and identification guides for flora and fauna you may observe on the trail.
Yosemite’s most famous waterfalls include:
- Yosemite Falls (2425’)
- Vernal Falls (317’)
- Nevada Falls (594’)
- Illilouette Falls (370’)
Yosemite Valley is home to an incredible number and variety of waterfalls. During spring and early summer, Yosemite has hundreds of cascades pouring from the rim of the valley and eventually reaching the Merced River. With all of our Day Hikes you will have the opportunity to see several of the most famous falls in the Park. We commonly visit Yosemite’s Grand Staircase which takes you along the beginning of the John Muir Trail past Illilouette Falls (370’), Vernal Falls (317’) and to the top of Nevada Falls (594’). You’ll also see Yosemite Falls (2425’) during portions of your day. In the later part of summer, some of the waterfalls will have less water (or will be dry), however, there are a few waterfalls that flow all year round!
When you join SYMG for a hiking tour in Yosemite, you can trust that you are traveling with an expert who knows the ins and outs of the park and can help make the most of your time. We offer an insider’s knowledge to the best trail systems, bringing you to the postcard quality vistas while helping you experience Yosemite’s peacefulness without the crowds and traffic. SYMG guides are trained experts each with their own unique specialties in Yosemite’s specific geology, indigenous history, flora & fauna, cultural history, etc.
- An expert guide well versed in interpretive knowledge of the Yosemite area. Your guide will take care of all the navigation, permitting, safety and planning for the day
- Optional gear such as day packs and trekking poles (available upon request)
- A variety of hiking itineraries that range from family-friendly (with options for bathrooms and breaks during the hike) to more advanced/challenging hikes with longer mileage and elevation gains.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the designated meeting location wearing an SYMG hat and shirt. They will also be holding a sign with your name on it, so you can more easily identify who is your guide for the day.
More Ways to Experience Yosemite & the High Sierra
Guided Backpacking Trips
At SYMG we specialize in planning and executing incredible Yosemite and High Sierra Backpacking Adventures. From three day Half Dome Trips to expedition-style John Muir Trail Adventures, we can do it all, and have since 1991. Our professional guides are renowned for their amazing backcountry cuisine and add color to the experience through natural and cultural history interpretation. In addition to the trips listed below that anyone may join, we can also organize private departures of any of our trips, or even create a custom trip just for you.Browse Backpacking Trips
Pack Supported Trekking Trips
Want to get out in the backcountry but don't want to carry a heavy backpack? Then our Yosemite and High Sierra Pack Trips are just the thing for you! We don't hike with the mules each day, but they do pack our gear and provisions along the trail, leaving you to enjoy the day and explore with your professional guide. Plush camps, amazing food, world-class scenery, and engaging guides make SYMG's Horsepack supported trips through the Yosemite High Country a trip to remember. In addition to the Pack Trips we offer, we can also organize private departures of any of our trips, or even create a custom trip just for you.Browse Pack Supported Trekking Trips
Since 1991 we've been offering Guided Yosemite Climbing in the southern Yosemite high country. All of our day trips are privately arranged and your personal guide will cater the days to your own personal interests and abilities. From easy top-roping for the family to challenging multi-pitch trad and sport routes, we can do it all. And if you're looking to expand your own skill set, consider our Rock Climbing Instruction courses: the rock climbing skills day and rock climbing camps.Browse Guided Rock Climbing Trips
Guided Yosemite Camping Weekends
Join SYMG for Yosemite camping adventures focusing on hiking and rock climbing. Our professional guides cater the trips to your own personal interests and abilities, making these adventures a great choice for anyone. In addition the dates advertised, we can create custom trips for you based on your own preferences and timeframe. Great scenery, amazing food, well-provisioned camps, and fabulous guides make for an unforgettable experience.Browse Yosemite Camping Trips
Guided Patagonia Hiking Trips
Born from the travels of our renowned guiding staff, SYMG's International Adventure & Hiking Trips are have offered something distinctive for our travelers since 1991, while earning us the reputation as one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth".