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  • Custom Hikes, Photo Workshops, and Family Activities are available to Individuals and Groups of all ages and experience levels in every season in Yosemite National Park.
  • We guarantee smaller group sizes for a more personalized Yosemite Adventure.
  • See why we have the most Authentic 5 Star ratings on TripAdvisor.
  • Join us to make a Yosemite connection filled with amazing photos and lasting memories.

YExplorePic6Professionally Guided Hiking Tours and Photography Workshops in Yosemite National Park deliver extraordinary experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Achieve personal growth on a guided interpretive Adventure Hikewhere we customize your level of physical challenge on trails with amazing photo opportunities. We strive to find lesser traveled trails for a more unique memory.

  • Hiking Adventures
  • Half Dome Challenges
  • Family/Group Outings
  • Overnight Backpacks
  • Snowshoe Hikes
  • Special Occasions

Connect with the natural world of Yosemite on a Nature Tour. Find yourself immersed in an interpretive walk where you will discover the many wonders of the park with an experienced local naturalist.

  • Nature Excursions
  • Birding Tours
  • Wildflower Walks
  • Naturalist Transects

Bring your tripod and develop composition skills in a Photography Workshop created by a professional photographer. Programs are for beginners and experts alike.

  • 1 Day Photo Field Sessions
  • Yosemite Icons Tours
  • Advanced Seminars
  • Masters Programs
  • Photography Treks
  • Multi Day Workshops
  • Photo Backpacks

Guided Yosemite Adventure Hiking Tours
Explore the trails on a professionally guided Yosemite Adventure Hike that delivers outdoor escapes and allows you to enjoy an exhilarating day off the beaten path.

We rate the level of difficulty of our tours based on the distances we hike combined with the elevation gain of the trail. We will gladly discuss which level to choose according to your own personal level of activity.
Adventure Hikes
Gentle, Moderate, Intermediate, Challenging
1 person- $175
2 people- $230 ($135 each)
3 people- $360 ($120 each)
4 people- $400 ($100 each)
Strenuous Hikes- Includes Half Dome
Prices: $150-250 per person

Family Hikes
Price: $65-75 per person
*Please Note: Family Tours are designed for families of 4 or more members with a $200 minimum charge. Infants and small children in child carriers are free.

YExplorePic7Guided Yosemite Nature Excursions
Nature Excursion Series Hiking Tours- Enroll in our Nature Excursion Series Hiking Tours as a naturalist shares knowledge with individuals eager to explore the natural history of Yosemite. Tours include nature hikes, wildflower walks, and birding tours. Each excursion requires a minimum of two participants.
1/2 Day Hikes – $110-150 per person
Full Day Hikes $135-175 per person
Birding Tours – $110-150 per person
Naturalist Transect (to include ecological zones, birds, or wildflowers)- $135-175 per person
Yosemite Valley

Join a naturalist as we journey through Yosemite Valley. Learn about the unique natural history and ecological roles of the flora and fauna. Tours will last approximately five hours

Elizabeth Lake

Join a naturalist as we journey from Tuolumne Meadows toward this magnificent lake perched at the foot of peaks dramatically carved by glaciers. Learn about forest and meadow creatures along the way.

Merced Grove or Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Join a naturalist as we meander among giant sequoias, some of the largest trees in the world. Learn about their unique life history and ecological roles.
Guided Backpacking Trips in Yosemite
Join Ryan Potts and Tamara Faulkner on two to five day trips tailored to fit any back country experience you desire. Longer trips are available upon request, and prices vary depending on group size and length of trip. Individual trip availability depends on current weather conditions.
Yosemite Snowshoe Hiking Tours
Gentle Snowshoe Tours
Price per person: $80
Extended Snowshoe Hikes
These will travel 6 miles and last approximately 6 hours

$95-155 per person
*All Prices include rental of snowshoes and poles.

YExplorePic8Guided Yoga Hikes in Yosemite
Price per person: $50
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Leave No Trace
Y explore Yosemite Adventures is a Leave No Trace Partner. All tours adhere to these Seven Principles of outdoor ethics, and we will discuss them in detail on every adventure.

Plan Ahead and Prepare- Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces- Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. In popular areas: Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. In pristine areas: Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly- Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. Leave What You Find- Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

YExplorePic10Minimize Campfire Impacts- Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the back country. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife- Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors- Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.Visit us for yosemite photography tours, yosemite guided hikes, hiking tours yosemite, yosemite backpacking guide, Y Explore.

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