Our California division, California Alpine Guides, offers Yosemite guided hiking tours and Sierra Nevada backpacking trips on our home turf in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. We are based just minutes from Yosemite National Park. Since the days of John Muir's ramblings through Yosemite and the "range of light", California's Sierra Nevada has provided some of the world's premier hiking and backpacking. Come join us on a spectacular wilderness guided hiking tour and let us show you some of the special places we know intimately, as well as famous hiking trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.

A Leader In The Hiking Field
We are a full-service mountain guiding company based within 30 minutes of Yosemite National Park, but with experience guiding around the world. What we are not is a retail chain that does mountain guiding on the side. The profession of mountain guiding is something we take very seriously and we are a leader in organizing guided backpacking and hiking tours throughout California's Sierra Nevada mountains, including Yosemite National Park. For over twelve years we have been running some of the finest backcountry hiking tours in the United States with what we feel to be the best hiking itineraries and the best backcountry gourmet food. And all at a reasonable cost.

A Local Company With Local Professional Hiking Guides
Our backpacking & hiking guides are locals in the Yosemite and Sierra Nevada region. They are highly experienced professional mountain guides and naturalists with formal training in leave no trace principles and local natural history. Many are also trained mountain guides through the American Mountain Guides Association, the leading guide's training organization in the United States.

All Inclusive Hiking Trips
Our guided hiking tours are an excellent value! While we offer reasonable pricing, we will also provide everything you might need down to your eating utensils, and at no extra cost. All you need are your own clothing items and hiking footwear. We can also provide high end gear such as sleeping bags and pads, backpacks and headlamps. We provide all your food, our "backcountry gourmet" meals are prepared by your hiking guide and backcountry chef. Use of tents, all group gear and water filtration are also provided.


Pacific Crest Trail & John Muir Trail Hikes

The Pacific Crest and John Muir Trail are the two most iconic trails in the Western United States. For much of the JMT, it shares the exact same route as the PCT. We are proud to offer the full John Muir Trail as well as some of the best sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in our home base of the High Sierra and Yosemite. 

 
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John Muir Trail - Mammoth to Yosemite Valley
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley - 7 days
Hike the JMT through the best of the Yosemite High Country

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Pacific Crest Trail Hike - Yosemite N.P.
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows - 9 days
Hike the PCT along one of it's most remote sections

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John Muir Trail Hike
High Sierra Nevada - 23 days
One of the world's most famous hikes


Yosemite Hiking Tours

Yosemite National Park, one of the United States most treasured natural wonders, is home to some of the best hiking and backpacking on the planet. From hiking ascents of the iconic Half Dome to remote wilderness backpacking trips far from the crowds, we offer you a Yosemite hiking experience second to none. We are based 30 minutes from the Eastern edge of Yosemite National Park and our local hiking guides know all the best spots, and some of Yosemite's secrets as well. 

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Half Dome Climb & Clouds Rest Backpack
Yosemite High Country - 3 1/2 days
Hike Half Dome & Cloud's Rest

 
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Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Hike
Yosemite Hetchy Hetchy - 3 1/2 days
April - May Yosemite backpacking tour

 
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Backpacking & Wilderness Skills Course
Yosemite High Country - 3 days
Learn the skills for wilderness travel

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John Muir Trail - Mammoth to Yosemite Valley
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley - 7 days
Hike the JMT through the best of the Yosemite High Country

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Yosemite Grand Hiking Tour
Yosemite High Country - 8 1/2 days
Backpack the best of Yosemite high country

 
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Yosemite North Boundary Tour
Yosemite High Country - 6 1/2 days
Backpack the quiet Northern section of Yosemite

 
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Yosemite High Country Day Hiking
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite - 4 days
Day hikes from a fully catered basecamp

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Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne
Tuolumne Meadows to White Wolf - 4 1/2 days
Hike down a remote canyon past backcountry waterfalls

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Yosemite Valley North Rim Backpack
Yosemite Valley - 3 1/2days
Spectacular views of Yosemite Valley

 
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Mount Conness Summit
Yosemite High Country - 3 1/2 days
Hike Yosemite's most sought after peak

 
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Pacific Crest Trail Hike - Yosemite
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne - 9 days
Hike the PCT along a remote sections


Custom Backpacking and Hiking

 
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Custom Hiking Tours
Yosemite, Sequoia & The Sierra Nevada
Private hiking trips for individuals, groups & families