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YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours

Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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About YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
The only Yosemite Tour Company offering custom guided Yosemite experiences (Adventure Hikes, Half Dome Hikes, Multi Day Backpack Trips, Nature Walks, Birding Walks, Wildflower Walks, Snowshoe Hikes and Photography Workshops) 12 months a year. We guarantee smaller group sizes for a more personalized experience with our professional guides who are all local to Yosemite. We are a socially responsible company providing educational services that follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize our impact in nature to ensure that the ecology of the park will not be compromised. Custom Adventures, Workshops and Family Activities are available to Individuals and Groups of all ages and experience levels in every season.
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Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Meet your guide in Yosemite National Park and hike to your choice of amazing destinations. Your hiking route depends on the fitness and experience level you select at booking. Beginners follow a relatively gentle trail in the Yosemite Valley or high country while a strenuous full-day hike makes the most dramatic elevation gains.
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5 hours
from $175.00

Private Family Hike in Yosemite

Experience the monumental scenery of Yosemite on a guided, half-day hike designed especially for families. Choose from a beginning or moderate hike to suit your family’s experience level, and embark on a series of trails that wind through the famous natural attractions of either Yosemite Valley or the High Country. Enjoy spectacular views of one of America’s favorite national parks, and stop for a scenic picnic near a stream, lake or meadow.
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5 hours
from $162.50

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

Beat the crowds with this private guided tour through one of America’s most celebrated national parks: Yosemite. Adjust this day hike to your passion and skill level, and discover the park’s quieter corners on gentle paths or steeper climbs. Learn about the area’s history and ecology while enjoying a picnic or having your guide snap the perfect photo with Yosemite’s gorgeous meadows, forests, and waterfalls as a backdrop.
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Flexible
from $250.00

Guided Half Dome Hike

Earn panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from Half Dome’s summit on a full-day guided hike up the National Park’s most iconic landmark. This strenuous trip is a rite of passage for hikers from around the world, a physical and mental challenge with breathtaking rewards. Walk alongside your guide as you trace the legendary rock path and cable route, learn the natural and geologic history of the Sierra Mountains and finish the epic adventure with sore muscles, stunning photos and a lifetime place in the Half Dome Summit Club. 

IMPORTANT: Hikers must obtain a permit to hike Half Dome. The supplier may have a permit depending on time of departure. To apply for a permit yourself, the Half Dome Permit Application Process is from March 1–31, and done through recreation.gov.
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12 hours
from $275.00

Private Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

Discover the stunning winter scenery of Yosemite National Park on a guided snowshoe hike that goes deep into the frozen landscape. Join a group of beginning snowshoers, or take on an extended trail for this 4- or 6- hour adventure, and watch for the tracks that deer, coyote, bobcats and bears leave in the pristine snow. See the Yosemite Valley or the High Country, take in views of soaring rocks with an icy glaze, and experience the remarkable tranquility of this park’s quietest season.
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6 hours
from $250.00
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sassygirl4ever wrote a review Nov 2020
Redondo Beach, California24 contributions16 helpful votes
John and Catherine run a great business! I initially called and spoke to John and he was so sincere, kind and helpful when I spoke to him. Autocamp Yosemite originally had a partnership with REI and then, it seemed like there was another hiking company that they were partnered with and I am one of those people that does a lot of research and tries to do what is the best value. So, I called Autocamp (which is also amazing and please see my review there), REI, and YExplore and after speaking with all three, I decided that going with a family business like YExplore after speaking with John would be best! And, to my delight, this was the best choice for my family and me. Catherine is very prompt, responsive and professional. We got a detailed email with what to bring, how to dress and where to meet. If you are staying at Autocamp Yosemite, do not be deceived by the distance as it will be about 45 minutes to Yosemite and once you are in, it will be another 20 to 25 minutes to the meeting place. As such, we arrived about 30 minutes late and felt terrible. John was patiently waiting for us and was great with our family. He went at a steady pace, but allowed us the opportunity for great pictures and with great insight about the native animals, trees and sights. He truly is a genuine and great guide. Our hike was beautiful and well paced. He was so encouraging of our children, aged 12 and 10, that I was surprised by their level of enthusiasm and care for the hike. He practiced social distancing and wore a mask the whole time. If you want an amazing personalized and safe hike, please use them! During a time like this pandemic, we were so touched by his care, passion and care. Also, as a side note, we left a tip via Venmo, which is so important for service professionals during this time and his appreciation was a reminder of how much we all need to take care and lean in and support each other during this time. Thank you John!
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eileenw_sea wrote a review Nov 2020
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
My family of four (two kids ages 11 and 7) had a great experience on a private family hike with John. Save for a short hike we tried the afternoon before, it was my kids' first experience with hiking, and our first time in Yosemite. John was knowledgable and patient. We were able to go at our own pace, staying longer in some places and being flexible with the route. It was such a fun and informative day. We all felt very safe with John in a mask and distanced from us, and we wore masks when we were closer to him (not closer than 6 ft) to hear him. He took many pictures of us that he air dropped (no contact) at the end. Catherine was very helpful in advance of the hike with the logistics and suggestions for appropriate gear. So happy that we found this family run company for our hike in Yosemite!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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katieboulter17 wrote a review Oct 2020
Seattle, Washington2 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing day!! from the moment I booked this trip Catherine was super helpful and responsive. The day of the trip John was everything I would ask for in a guide. Helpful, safe, reliable, knowledgeable and fun. I felt confident and safe the entire trip. He took pictures throughout for us and also was very safe and followed COVID safety. What a phenomenal day.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from YExploreYosemite, Owner at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to Yosemite.
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travelnut333 wrote a review Oct 2020
Colorado3 contributions5 helpful votes
John is a great guide! This is a strenuous hike even for someone who is fit, but it's an amazing experience.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from YExploreYosemite, Owner at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much. We appreciative your kind words.
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Karen B wrote a review Oct 2020
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Our guide was fabulous. Ashley definitely made a difference in our completion of the entire hike. She was positive and very encouraging the entire way. Before the hike Catherine was very accommodating in extendI guess our cancellation deadline to help us make the best decision for us. We definitely will use YExplore again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from YExploreYosemite, Owner at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Oct 11, 2020
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are happy you were able to achieve your goal despite so many obstacles. We look forward to your next visit.
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