Yosemite Hiking & Camping

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4-12
Difficulty
3

Starting from

$2,899

for REI Members

$3,199 for non-members

Departure dates will be announced soon.

We can let you know as soon as they are.

Spend six days hiking and camping in one of America’s oldest and most cherished national parks.

Of all the magnificent wild spaces in the American West, few hold a more exalted place in the minds of outdoor-lovers and adventure-seekers than Yosemite National Park. Invigorating trails and inspiring landscapes have cemented Yosemite’s status as mecca for active travelers the world over. Our itinerary takes us deep into the heart of the national park’s best spots.

Each day’s hike brings new adventures. From Yosemite Valley’s iconic granite peaks to the wildflower-carpeted meadows of the High Country, our trip showcases many of the park’s awe-inspiring scenic highlights. Pass tall sequoias, alpine lakes tucked high in the Sierra, thundering waterfalls and soaring cliffs. Although our hikes will be challenging, the reward lies within the journey. Each evening, we arrive to our signature camping experience, where we enjoy good conversation over hearty meals. If Yosemite is mecca for active explorers, this trip is the perfect way to revel in nature’s epic landscapes.

This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens. If you're traveling with younger children, check out our Yosemite Family Adventure.

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Trip highlights

  • Enjoy daily hikes on some of Yosemite’s most spectacular and scenic trails
  • Hike the Mist Trail past Vernal and Nevada Falls
  • Hike to an alpine lake in Yosemite's magnificent high country
  • Relish breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows
  • Experience REI Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Participants should be able to hike 5-10 miles daily with elevation gains/losses of up to 2,000'. Trails are composed of dirt and granite with some steep sections and exposed overlooks. All hikes are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out.

Trip members should have some previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition. We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 3 months prior to departure that includes hiking (preferably), walking or some other form of cardiovascular exercise (swimming, cycling) in order to prepare for the activity in this adventure.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Five nights camping in our REI Signature Camp; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from/to Oakland, CA; all meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6; beverages including coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate; all group camping equipment; park fees and local taxes.

Accommodations

Signature Camping, 5 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Yosemite and hike to Artist Point.

Our trip begins in Oakland, California. We rendezvous with our guides at our host hotel at 7:45am and, following a brief orientation, set off for the soaring granite peaks, cascading waterfalls and giant sequoia groves of Yosemite National Park. Reaching Yosemite in early afternoon, we stop for a picnic lunch before continuing on to Tunnel View and beginning a three-mile warmup hike to Artist Point, gaining our first views of El Capitan and Yosemite Valley.

While we enjoy our time on trail, our camp host is busy setting up our Signature Camp at Yosemite's Hodgdon Campground in preparation for our arrival. Once at camp, we can relax in our comfortable outdoor lounge area and sleep in spacious tents fully outfitted with cots, sleeping pads, floor coverings, lighting, and an assortment of REI camp furniture. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 3 miles with 500' elevation gain/loss; Terrain: Dirt and stone trails. Drive time: 5 hours.

Day 2

Hike the iconic Mist Trail to the top of Nevada Falls.

One of the park's most awe-inspiring day hikes, today's route rewards ambitious hikers with a seemingly endless display of breathtaking Sierra scenery. After breakfast, we transfer to, and begin our hike from Half Dome Village. We hike up granite staircases, built right alongside thundering Vernal and Nevada Falls to the top of Nevada Falls itself. For the descent, we follow in the footsteps of John Muir, along his namesake trail, back to the bottom of the Valley. Along the way, we catch views of Half Dome, Mount Broderick and Liberty Cap, as well as wide views of the falls that we hiked next to this morning. At trail's end, our vehicle awaits to transport us back to our familiar camp for some relaxation time and a well-earned dinner. All meals included.

Hiking: 9 miles with 2,200' of elevation gain/loss; Terrain: Dirt and stone trails including many stone steps. Drive time: 2 hours.

Day 3

Hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point.

Our hike today showcases the most dramatic views from Yosemite Valley's South Rim. From the trailhead, we begin our climb towards Sentinel Dome (8,123'), a granite dome offering a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the surrounding Sierra landscape. After getting our fill of postcard-worthy scenery, we continue on to Taft Point, a rocky promontory offering sweeping views of western Yosemite Valley and the fissures—immense vertical cracks in the valley wall. We return to camp this afternoon with a newfound appreciation for the majestic natural beauty that has drawn explorers, hikers and photographers to this park during the past century. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles with 600' of elevation gain/loss; Terrain: Dirt and stone trails. Drive time: 2.5 hours.

Day 4

Hike to an alpine lake in the awe-inspiring High Sierra.

We begin the day with an early cup of coffee or tea and a hearty breakfast before setting out to explore Yosemite's magnificent high country. Our guides lead us on a hike through wildflower-dotted meadows to one of the high country's sparkling alpine lakes, tucked in among the surrounding granite peaks. Taking in the quintessential High Sierra scenery, we eat a lakeside lunch and perhaps go for an invigorating swim before starting our walk back to the trailhead. This evening, our day in Yosemite concludes with a delicious guide-prepared meal, a warm campfire and spectacular stargazing. All meals included.

Hiking: 7-9 miles with approx.1,500' of elevation gain/loss; Terrain: dirt and stone trails. Drive time: 2 hours.

Day 5

Hike to North Dome for close-up views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest.

Today's rewarding hike leads us to the smooth granite summit of North Dome, perched near the rim of Yosemite Valley. Starting at the Porcupine Creek Trailhead, we hike through forest and meadow along a rolling trail that leads to jaw-dropping views of imposing Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Our final specially prepared celebration dinner tonight offers a wonderful opportunity to relive the day's adventure with newfound friends and recap our week in one of America's most beloved national parks. All meals included.

Hiking: 9 miles with 1,000' of elevation gain/loss; Terrain: dirt and stone trails. Drive time: 1.5 hours.

Day 6

Visit a giant sequoia grove before returning to Oakland.

We leave our camp for the final time this morning and, prior to beginning our return trip to the Bay Area, stop to spend time in the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoia. We hike through the grove as our guides teach us about the lifecycle of these ancient, massive trees that make the park their home. Stopping for lunch en route, we continue our drive to Oakland, arriving by 7pm. Please do not schedule a departing flight from Oakland until after 9pm tonight. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 4 miles with up to 500' of elevation gain/loss. Drive time: 5 hours.

Yosemite Hiking & Camping
All 2019 dates are tentative based on permit availability.

Member: from $2,899

Non-member: from $3,199

Departure dates will be announced soon.
We can let you know as soon as they are.

Gear list

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

What to pack

Packed by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Camp Furniture
  • Cots and Sleeping Pads
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Tent(s)

Packed by you (Required)

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Travel Documents

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Contact Us

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Meet your guides

Gary E.

Gary never tires of sitting on top of Half Dome or swimming in a Yosemite lake. He guides in order to share his passion for the outdoors with others. An REI guide since 2003, he is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and in Leave No Trace principles.

Meet your guides

Tyler G.

This wilderness- and mountain-lover lives to share the magic with others. He was an instructor with REI Outdoor School and has been an REI guide since 2014. Tyler is a Wilderness First Responder and is certified in Leave No Trace principles.

Adventure Expert

Andy

It was exciting to create an itinerary showcasing some of Yosemite's most dramatic hikes and scenery blended with the comfort of our Signature Camps. If I had a friend new to camping, this is the Yosemite trip I would recommend!

Emily R

Perfection


There are so many highlights I am not able to pick just one and I can honestly say that we would never have experienced all we did if we went without the REI crew. Without my guides I would not have tried hikes like M...

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