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YExplore has guided tours in Yosemite National Park for groups of all ages in every season. We guarantee smaller rosters for a better experience. All tours have a privacy option. Check out the Calendar below to plan your next Yosemite adventure. If a tour is not scheduled, we will customize one for you. Call or email tours@yexplore.com

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December  2014
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Events on December 8, 2014
  • Yosemite Intermediate Mist Trail/John Muir Trail Adventure Hike: Vernal Falls
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 8, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Step on the Mist Trail and hike the first leg of the giant granite staircase. Experience Yosemite Valley’s all-year waterfalls on this path which is famous for soaking its visitors in late spring. This hike is steep but very rewarding. The breathtaking views are worth the steep climb up the granite-carved steps, and this tour allows us to experience as much of the beauty of the JMT without the extra 600 feet of elevation gain. One overlook on the Clark Trail cutoff is one of the most spectacular waterfall views in all of Yosemite. Some portions of this trail are closed during icy conditions in winter months. If they are not accessible, we will attain other exciting views along the John Muir Trail which remains open throughout the year. We will traverse along this path for various sections of the hike regardless of the status of the other trail.
    Distance: 4 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: 1400 feet | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 9, 2014
  • Yosemite Private Eastern Valley Family Hike
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm
    Description: Journey through Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Falls and/or Mirror Lake. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the land called Ahwahnee. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters.
    Distance: 4-5 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: Minimal | Time: 4 hours

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 13, 2014
  • Yosemite Moderate Eastern Yosemite Valley Adventure Hike
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Journey through Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the land called Ahwahnee. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters.
    Distance: 5-6 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: Minimal | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 18, 2014
  • Yosemite Moderate Inspiration Point Adventure Hike
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Travel back in time on one of Yosemite’s most storied trails and find your inspiration on a breathtaking hike up the south rim of Yosemite Valley. This gently used trail leads to one of the Valley’s hallmark vistas. We will uncover many of the same views witnessed by the first western visitors of Yosemite and will be visiting the site of the 1851 “Discovery of the Yosemite”. On this hike, we will discuss the importance of this “discovery” and history of Yosemite National Park.
    Distance: 7 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: 1400 feet | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date doesn't work with your schedule, please contact us with your preferred date.
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Events on December 20, 2014
  • Yosemite Valley Icons Photography Session
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: December 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm
    Description: People have been photographing Yosemite since 1859, when Charles Weed took the first salt print photo of Yosemite Fall. Since then, artists like Carlton Watkins, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, to name a few, have been photographing the Yosemite Valley and High Sierra, all the while traveling to many meadows, peaks, river banks and vistas. On this tour, we will visit some of those vistas that established these artists as the great landscape photographers of their time, and which helped transform the American environmental movement.

    This tour is appropriate for those shooting either black and white, or color photography, and will focus on a select number of locations from which these icons photographed Yosemite Valley. This tour will consist of discussions concerning depth of field, hyperfocal distance, exposure techniques, metering, the zone system, white balance, and composition. A generous portion of the discussion — in conjunction with the aforementioned topics — will be devoted to talking about the artists, their philosophies, histories and their eye for photography.

    Programs are crafted by an expert photographer who will lead each session. Tours last from four hours.

    Type of Tour: Specialty Photo Session

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 21, 2014
  • Yosemite Intermediate Mist Trail/JMT: Vernal Fall Adventure Hike
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: December 21, 2014 - 1:30 pm
    Description: Step on the Mist Trail and hike the first leg of the giant granite staircase. Experience Yosemite Valley’s all-year waterfalls on this path which is famous for soaking its visitors in late spring. This hike is steep but very rewarding. The breathtaking views are worth the steep climb up the granite-carved steps, and this tour allows us to experience as much of the beauty of the JMT without the extra 600 feet of elevation gain. One overlook on the Clark Trail cutoff is one of the most spectacular waterfall views in all of Yosemite. Some portions of this trail are closed during icy conditions in winter months. If they are not accessible, we will attain other exciting views along the John Muir Trail which remains open throughout the year. We will traverse along this path for various sections of the hike regardless of the status of the other trail.
    Distance: 4 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: 1400 feet | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 26, 2014
  • 3 Day/2 Night Yosemite North Rim Backpack Trip
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Yosemite Valley North Rim (From the Bottom)- 28 miles

    Challenge yourself with the steep granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley. The fit hiker will be rewarded with views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Valley floor below. The first day climbs up the Yosemite Falls trail with a campsite near the top and an evening walk to the top of the falls. On the second day, we take a smaller pack for a day hike to the top of El Capitan and then move camp a couple of miles. The third day explores the rim of Yosemite Valley crossing several creeks while walking through old growth forests of pine and fir trees. An afternoon hike to North Dome gives views of waterfalls and the Valley down below. The last night campsite gets you close to Half Dome with a breathtaking view. On the last day we take our time descending to the floor of Yosemite Valley.

    Day 1 – 4 miles to the top of Yosemite Falls
    Day 2 – 9.5 miles: 8 miles day hike to the top of El Capitan, and move camp 1.5 miles*
    Day 3 – 10.5 miles to North Dome and Indian Rock*
    Day 4 – 4 miles to Yosemite Valley

    *This is a moderately strenuous hike that gains and loses 4000 ft total. The first day’s hike gains 3000 ft and fourth day’s descent is 3000 ft. This trip will be shortened by omitting the hike to El Capitan on Day 2 or North Dome on Day 3, making the trip to 3 days/2 Nights.

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 27, 2014
  • 3 Day/2 Night Yosemite North Rim Backpack Trip
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Yosemite Valley North Rim (From the Bottom)- 28 miles

    Challenge yourself with the steep granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley. The fit hiker will be rewarded with views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Valley floor below. The first day climbs up the Yosemite Falls trail with a campsite near the top and an evening walk to the top of the falls. On the second day, we take a smaller pack for a day hike to the top of El Capitan and then move camp a couple of miles. The third day explores the rim of Yosemite Valley crossing several creeks while walking through old growth forests of pine and fir trees. An afternoon hike to North Dome gives views of waterfalls and the Valley down below. The last night campsite gets you close to Half Dome with a breathtaking view. On the last day we take our time descending to the floor of Yosemite Valley.

    Day 1 – 4 miles to the top of Yosemite Falls
    Day 2 – 9.5 miles: 8 miles day hike to the top of El Capitan, and move camp 1.5 miles*
    Day 3 – 10.5 miles to North Dome and Indian Rock*
    Day 4 – 4 miles to Yosemite Valley

    *This is a moderately strenuous hike that gains and loses 4000 ft total. The first day’s hike gains 3000 ft and fourth day’s descent is 3000 ft. This trip will be shortened by omitting the hike to El Capitan on Day 2 or North Dome on Day 3, making the trip to 3 days/2 Nights.

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
  • Yosemite Moderate Eastern Yosemite Valley Adventure Hike
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 27, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Journey through Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the land called Ahwahnee. Be sure to bring your camera as this hike will offer unique photographic opportunities of majestic landscapes and possible wildlife encounters.
    Distance: 5-6 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: Minimal | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 28, 2014
  • 3 Day/2 Night Yosemite North Rim Backpack Trip
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Yosemite Valley North Rim (From the Bottom)- 28 miles

    Challenge yourself with the steep granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley. The fit hiker will be rewarded with views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Valley floor below. The first day climbs up the Yosemite Falls trail with a campsite near the top and an evening walk to the top of the falls. On the second day, we take a smaller pack for a day hike to the top of El Capitan and then move camp a couple of miles. The third day explores the rim of Yosemite Valley crossing several creeks while walking through old growth forests of pine and fir trees. An afternoon hike to North Dome gives views of waterfalls and the Valley down below. The last night campsite gets you close to Half Dome with a breathtaking view. On the last day we take our time descending to the floor of Yosemite Valley.

    Day 1 – 4 miles to the top of Yosemite Falls
    Day 2 – 9.5 miles: 8 miles day hike to the top of El Capitan, and move camp 1.5 miles*
    Day 3 – 10.5 miles to North Dome and Indian Rock*
    Day 4 – 4 miles to Yosemite Valley

    *This is a moderately strenuous hike that gains and loses 4000 ft total. The first day’s hike gains 3000 ft and fourth day’s descent is 3000 ft. This trip will be shortened by omitting the hike to El Capitan on Day 2 or North Dome on Day 3, making the trip to 3 days/2 Nights.

    Book this Tour: https://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
  • Yosemite Valley Icons Photography Session
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: December 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm
    Description: People have been photographing Yosemite since 1859, when Charles Weed took the first salt print photo of Yosemite Fall. Since then, artists like Carlton Watkins, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, to name a few, have been photographing the Yosemite Valley and High Sierra, all the while traveling to many meadows, peaks, river banks and vistas. On this tour, we will visit some of those vistas that established these artists as the great landscape photographers of their time, and which helped transform the American environmental movement.

    This tour is appropriate for those shooting either black and white, or color photography, and will focus on a select number of locations from which these icons photographed Yosemite Valley. This tour will consist of discussions concerning depth of field, hyperfocal distance, exposure techniques, metering, the zone system, white balance, and composition. A generous portion of the discussion — in conjunction with the aforementioned topics — will be devoted to talking about the artists, their philosophies, histories and their eye for photography.

    Programs are crafted by an expert photographer who will lead each session. Tours last from four hours.

    Type of Tour: Specialty Photo Session

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date does not correspond with your trip to Yosemite, please contact us and we will gladly work with your schedule.
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Events on December 30, 2014
  • Yosemite Moderate Inspiration Point Family Hike
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Travel back in time on one of Yosemite’s most storied trails and find your inspiration on a breathtaking hike up the south rim of Yosemite Valley. This gently used trail leads to one of the Valley’s hallmark vistas. We will uncover many of the same views witnessed by the first western visitors of Yosemite and will be visiting the site of the 1851 “Discovery of the Yosemite”. On this hike, we will discuss the importance of this “discovery” and history of Yosemite National Park.
    Distance: 7 miles roundtrip | Elevation Gain: 1400 feet | Time: 5 hours

    Book this Tour: http://yexplore.com/book-a-tour/

    If this date doesn't work with your schedule, please contact us with your preferred date.
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Yosemite Hiking Tours

Yosemite Guided Adventure HikeYOSEMITE GUIDED ADVENTURE HIKES
Explore with us to make a lifelong connection with Yosemite National Park. Learn about the natural world and listen to the stories of Yosemite while we take you to some of the best photo spots in the park. Levels: Beginner, Moderate, Intermediate, Challenging (Level 1-4)

$185 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Guided Strenuous Half Dome HikeYOSEMITE GUIDED STRENUOUS ADVENTURE HIKES
Embark on a journey of self discovery during this experience that will test your personal boundaries in some of the most demanding terrain in Yosemite. Typical Strenuous Hikes: Waterwheel Falls, El Capitan, Clouds Rest, & Half Dome summit attempts. Strenuous (Level 5)

$255 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Family Beginner HikeYOSEMITE GUIDED FAMILY BEGINNER ADVENTURE HIKES
Spend quality time with your family while learning the natural history of Yosemite. These interpretations combine short easy hikes with outdoor educational sessions that will benefit children and parents alike. Beginner (Level 1)

$260 for a group of 4- Dynamic pricing for groups over 9

Yosemite Moderate Family HikeYOSEMITE GUIDED FAMILY MODERATE ADVENTURE HIKES
Spend quality time with your family while learning the natural history of Yosemite. These interpretations combine short easy hikes with outdoor educational sessions that will benefit children and parents alike. Expect to hike a little farther than a beginner level hike. Moderate (Level 2)

$340 for a group of 4- Dynamic pricing for groups over 9

Yosemite Photography Workshops

Yosemite Landscape Photo ClassesYOSEMITE LANDSCAPES PHOTO CLASSES
Take control of your camera while capturing images of Yosemite’s iconic landscapes. Programs are crafted by an expert photographer who will lead the session. Signature Classes:Behind the Lens, Valley Icons,High Country Icons

$255 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group (Tour is private if no others join)

Advanced Yosemite Photo ClassesADVANCED YOSEMITE PHOTO CLASSES
Apply finer points of photography in a natural setting. These tours will focus on advanced techniques for photographing wildlife or macro subjects. They will cater to more experienced photographers who possess the proper equipment needed for this extensive session and are not recommended for novices.

$255 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group (Tour is private if no others join)

Full Day Yosemite Photography WorkshopsFULL DAY YOSEMITE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Spending an entire day in the field photographing is an ideal solution for those having trouble deciding whether to shoot in morning or evening light conditions. Join professional photographer on a two session, full day photography seminar among the majestic landscapes of Yosemite.

$600 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group (Tour is private if no others join)

Yosemite Guided Photography HikesYOSEMITE GUIDED PHOTOGRAPHY HIKES
Trekking with your tripod is one way to combine the exhileration of a hike with the opportunity to photograph its majestic landscapes during optimal periods of light. Join a professional photographer and travel farther on a full day photography trek to all areas in Yosemite.

$450 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group (Tour is private if no others join)

Yosemite 3 Day Photography Backpack TripsYOSEMITE 3 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY BACKPACK TRIPS
Backpacking with photography gear is one of the most rewarding and productive means to shoot an area. Join a professional photographer with a small group on a three day, two night backpack photography trip to areas in Yosemite including Young Lakes and Glacier Point.

$1600 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group (Tour is private if no others join)

JesseSummers_Ansel'sPine210YOSEMITE 1 DAY NIGHT SKIES PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS Jul. 18, 2014
Learn the most difficult and one of the most exciting facets of landscape photography: capturing landscapes at night with the stars overhead. Additionally, capture sunrises and sunsets, learn about the basics of landscape photography composition and post-processing, and learn some basic astronomy.

$350 per person

JesseSummers_Ansel'sPine210YOSEMITE 2 DAY NIGHT SKIES PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Jul. 19-20 2014
Learn how to capture landscapes at night with the stars overhead. Additionally, shoot sunrises and sunsets, learn about the basics of landscape photography composition and post-processing, and learn some basic astronomy. 2 Day workshops shoot from multiple locations.

$550 per person

Yosemite Nature Tours

Yosemite Half Day Nature ToursYOSEMITE PRIVATE HALF DAY NATURE TOURS
Enroll in our Nature Excursion Series as our naturalists share knowledge of their favorite places with individuals eager to explore the natural history of Yosemite. Nature Tours include Half Naturalist Walks, Birding Tours, Wildflower Walks.

$310 for 2 person minimum- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

  
Yosemite Full Day Nature ToursYOSEMITE PRIVATE FULL DAY NATURE TOURS
Enroll in our Nature Excursion Series as our naturalists share knowledge of their favorite places with individuals eager to explore the natural history of Yosemite. Nature Tours include Full Naturalist Walks, Birding Tours, Wildflower Tours, Naturalist Transects.

$410 for 2 person minimum- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Backpack Trips

2 Day Yosemite Half Dome Backpack Trips2 DAY YOSEMITE GUIDED HALF DOME BACKPACK TRIPS
If you would like to attempt Half Dome’s summit, but need more than one day, we can arrange for an overnight adventure that includes backpacking. This two day journey allows for a restful overnight stay in the wilderness that precedes a sunrise summit attempt that will take your breath away.

$650 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

3 Day Yosemite Guided Backpack Trip3 DAY YOSEMITE GUIDED BACKPACK TRIPS
Our Yosemite Backpacking Trips will take you to alpine meadows overflowing with wildflowers and crystal clear swimming holes. Our richly experienced wilderness guides hope to offer insight to back country living.

$960 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

4 Day Yosemite Guided Backpack Trips4 DAY YOSEMITE GUIDED BACKPACK TRIPS
Our Yosemite Backpacking Trips will take you to alpine meadows overflowing with wildflowers and crystal clear swimming holes. Our richly experienced wilderness guides hope to offer insight to back country living.

$1260 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

5 Day Yosemite Guided Backpack Trip5 DAY YOSEMITE GUIDED BACKPACK TRIPS
Our Yosemite Backpacking Trips will take you to alpine meadows overflowing with wildflowers and crystal clear swimming holes. Our richly experienced wilderness guides hope to offer insight to back country living.

$1550 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Snowshoe Hikes

Yosemite Beginner Snowshoe HikesYOSEMITE BEGINNER SNOWSHOE HIKES
Enjoy a pleasant half-day snowshoe hike on a gentle trail in Yosemite Valley or other lesser known trails. We will cover basic snowshoeing techniques and will tailor the day’s program to your experience level.

$185 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Extended Snowshoe HikesYOSEMITE EXTENDED SNOWSHOE HIKES
Achieve new heights on some of Yosemite’s most scenic trails. They will generally be longer than a beginner snowshoe hike with more dramatic elevation gains. These demanding tours are perfect for experienced snowshoe hikers and will offer a different perspective of the distinct character of Yosemite

$185 for 1 person- Dynamic pricing based on size of group

Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfall Workshops

Yosemite-Nature-Walk-James-McGrew-210YOSEMITE VALLEY GUIDED NATURE WALK
5 hour introductory walk through Yosemite Valley will be our first event and we will expertly guide you through the valley to discover its vast beauty while discussing the natural history of this remarkable place.

$50 per person

Yosemite-Birding-Naturalist-Tour-YExploreYOSEMITE GUIDED NATURALIST TOURS
Explore scenic beauty while receiving a natural history education from expert guides with a wealth of knowledge of Yosemite National Park.

$125 per person

Yosemite-Photo-Workshop-James-McGrew-210YOSEMITE WATERFALL PHOTO WORKSHOPS
Spectacular views unfold as we walk through wildflowers to dramatic waterfalls while exploring aspects of composition, perspective, depth of field, motion, color, lighting, and natural history of your subject.

$150 per person

Yosemite-Above-Sentinel-Rock-6x8-James-McGrew-210YOSEMITE PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOPS
Discover relationships of plein air techniques and view these famous painting subjects with a fresh perspective and deeper understanding as you learn about geology, flora, fauna, atmosphere and light relating to painting.

$325 per person (Includes Yosemite Valley Guided Nature Walk)

 

Yosemite Yoga Hikes

Yosemite Beginner Yoga HikesYOSEMITE BEGINNER YOGA HIKES
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite from the serenity of a special place while exploring your inner peace. This adventure will begin with an interpretive hike where our instructor will lead a Yoga talk on the history of the Vinyasa Flow and breathing techniques.

$360 for a group of 6- Dynamic pricing for groups over 6

Yosemite Moderate Yoga HikesYOSEMITE MODERATE YOGA HIKES
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite from the serenity of a special place while exploring your inner peace. This adventure will begin with an interpretive hike where our instructor will lead a Yoga talk on the history of the Vinyasa Flow and breathing techniques.

$400 for a group of 5- Dynamic pricing for groups over 5

Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Mt-Everest-Base-Camp-YExplore-210NEPAL TREK TO MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP
The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most desired hiking experiences on Earth- and with good reason. Not only is the route historic, since this was the approach Norgay and Hillary used for their successful ascent of Everest in 1953, but it is also visually stunning and culturally rich.

$3888 per person

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