Yosemite Valley Interpretive Hiking Tour

Starting from


CaliforniaYosemite National Park
Tour Length
4-6 hours
Guide Type
Skill Level

This tour is available year round. Click the “check availability” button to see available days. 

More winter season hikes: Vernal & Nevada FallsDewey Point, Yosemite Valley – Family Friendly

This Yosemite Valley guided hiking tour allows guests to enjoy the best views of Yosemite National Park at an easy-moderate hiking pace. Based on the weather and your guide’s recommendations we have several options for the trails we can explore. We can visit the Mirror Lake Loop for iconic views of Half Dome and an abundance of wildflowers early in the summer. We can also traverse parts of the Valley Loop Trail for views of the Merced River, waterfalls, and plenty of wildlife. A tour of the Yosemite Valley floor is a great opportunity to learn about the colorful history and geology of this iconic region. This is one of our favorite options for an easy guided hike in Yosemite for families!

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Breakfast
  • Trail lunch
  • Daypack rental
  • Trekking poles rental
  • 1:7 guide to hiker ratio

What to Bring

Required Gear

Waterproof or water resistant jacket (seasonal) and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.


Layered clothing appropriate for hiking and changing weather conditions. Baselayers, an insulating midlayer, and a shell will work together to keep you comfortable. A fleece or ‘puffy’ jacket or vest is highly recommended, as is a fleece hat and gloves.


Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots or trail running shoes are required. Synthetic or wool socks are recommended.


Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, handwarmers, hiking poles, rain pants, supplemental snacks, gratuity for your guide.

Upgrades + Additions

Larger groups – call to inquire

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).


  • 1 Person $ 540 540
  • 2 People $ 280 pp 280
  • 3 People $ 240 pp 240
  • 4-5 People $190 pp
  • 6-7 People $155 pp

Prices do not include guide gratuity or a 5% pass-through fee charged by Yosemite National Park.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run daily Monday-Sunday

Available year round

Departure Times

Tours depart at 10am
Activity duration: 4-6 hours

Advance reservations are required

Hiker looks up at Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National park

Yosemite National Park’s soaring granite cliffs and leaping waterfalls make it unique among the natural wonders of this world. But the wonder of Yosemite doesn’t stop there. The park is filled with groves of giant trees, covered with lush carpets of green, teaming with forest critters, criss-crossed by snow fed streams and punctuated by rocky granite peaks. This makes it a wonderful destination for all kinds of adventure including hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more.

The history of Yosemite is the history of the world’s public land parks, being designated the first park of its kind in 1864 to be managed by the state of California. Yosemite would ultimately become part of the National Park system in 1890 However, for centuries before the park was protected for the enjoyment of all, it was home to the Awahnee tribe of Native Americans. They thrived in and around Yosemite Valley, harvesting acorns and hunting deer. They regularly traded with the Mono Paiute and Sierra Miwok tribes. Before any humans had even laid eyes on the enchanting Yosemite Valley, glaciers covered the ancient Sierra Nevada mountains. These massive instruments of destruction cut and tore at the layers of rock that made up this spine of rock. Once they retreated, they left behind the unique U-shaped Valleys, vertical cliffs, sharp peaks, and polished domes that are the foundation to this National Park, one of the greatest mountain landscapes of the world.

Hiker looks up at Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National park