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Where shall we hike?

Here is a sampling of the trails in and around Yosemite that we intend to offer our clients as guided hike day trips.

Sierra Meadow

Yosemite Valley:

Get one item off your hiking bucket list taken care of as you ascend the lower section of the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth tallest waterfall in the world. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of this 2,425 ft stunner along with unique views of Yosemite Valley including the Awahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Church, Half Dome and more. The lower falls, which you'll be seeing up close on this hike, is the shortest section of the fall, but it's still 320 feet (98 meters) high.

Follow the road less traveled in Yosemite by taking a hike up to Vernal Falls little sister, the lesser known, Illilouette Falls.  Illilouette creek feeds this 340ft fall which in turn feeds the Merced River as it makes it way into the Yosemite Valley. As you ascent the canyon walls , you will enjoy breath taking views of Yosemite Valley, Vernal Falls, Glacier Point and more on this approximate 7 mile round trip hike.
Glacier Point Road:

Hiking the 1.1 miles out to the top of Sentinel Dome is by far Yosemite's easiest way to experience a top of Half Dome view without the top of Half Dome workout. The extent of Yosemite Valley lies beneath you and the panorama of Yosemite’s high country wilderness is laid out in epic 360 degree views, all the way to Mt. Diablo in the coastal range.  After the 400ft descent from Sentinal Dome, you will follow 1.9 miles along the relaxing pine, wildflower and fern laden trail that skirts the southern rim of Yosemite Valley enjoying stunning views along the way until you arrive at one of the Pohono Trail’s most stunning and truly unforgettable vista points~ Taft Point.. Those bravest of hikers can crawl right out to the cliff's edge and peer straight down to Yosemite Valley far below while answering the question, “am I scared of heights?”. You'll get impressive views of the north valley wall, including El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. The return trip follows the 1 mile long Taft Point trail as we see new sights of the Glacier Point Road forest area and tell tales of our day headed back to the trailhead.

This relaxing hike through lodge pole and red fir forest is designed for the Sunday driver of hikers. You will enjoy a refreshing break from the heat and hussle bussle of crowds of the Valley in this hidden gem that leads 4 miles out to another one of the Pohono Trail’s epic view points of the Valley~Dewey Point.
Tioga Pass:

This is one of Tioga Pass’s best bang for your bucks hikes that is laden with apparent history throughout. The trailhead starts at 9700ft and climbs relaxingly through wildflower strewn alpine meadows and small pristine lakes until you arrive at Spillway lake at 10,480ft. It's a high-country lake, crowned by 12,000+ foot peaks and the trail's gentle incline makes it a good way to get acclimated to the high elevations. As you ascend Mono Pass towards the historical Bloody Canyon originally used to cross the Sierras by Indians and then by miners in the 1850’s you feel the sense of history around you. The top of the Pass boasts vistas of the dramatic difference between the two sides of the Sierras~ the dramatic rocky eastern side and the tree laden, lush green velvet of the western slope. Here you will enjoy your summit victory with views of  Mono Lake and the bone-dry Mono Valley.

You can’t say you’ve really seen Yosemite until you’ve experienced “the other Yosemite” to the north, carved into the dramatic “Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne River”. Your day begins in the beautiful Tuolomne Meadows following the river’s lazy run towards the canyon where it transforms into a torrent of one incredible cascade after the next. As you walk along, you will have the opportunity to marvel nearly continuously at the many levels of Tuolomne Falls as you wind your way 6.5 miles back to the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp used as a home base by high country backpackers traveling deeper into the Yosemite high country wilderness.  This is one not to miss.

If you think you’ve seen Half Dome from just about every angle you can think of, you may have missed the very best one of them all. This trail is the Broadway center stage of Yosemite’s grand dam~ Half Dome ~ with Clouds Rest, the Tenaya Canyon and Yosemite Valley as best supporting actors. You likely won’t see many other hikers on this lesser visited 4 1/2 mile trail until you reach your spectacular destination directly across and up close to Half Dome herself. On the way back, you have the option to take a short .6 mile detour up to one of Yosemite best hidden surprises~ Indian Rock, a moab-style 15 ft. granite rock arch.

Southern Yosemite and beyond:

While Chilnualna Falls may be has hard to hike as to spell in the summer, this trail offers countless opportunities to take a relaxing shady break to swim in it’s numerous pools between picturesque cascades. You find that there is plenty to see and explore on a short hiking day in to the lower series of falls or you can make it a full day completing the  nearly 4.25 mile hike on up to the panoramic views of the Wawona valley,  Wawona dome and larger upper Chilnualna Falls.

Escape the busy crowds of the Park to enjoy a mile plus stroll through the lesser known Shadow of the Giants. Now where else in the area is the evolution of the mountain seasons better on display as in Nelder Grove carpeted with wildflowers, moss, toad stools, cedars and dogwoods in amongst the some of the world’s largest trees. Now protected as a historical site, you will see the remnants of the history of the logger business that swept through the area prior to 1928 and see the prestine forest as the native Americans enjoyed it long ago.

Should any of these not appeal or be inconvenient, let us know. We can craft other options!