This Yosemite backpacking tour takes you along the North rim of the "incomparable valley" with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. This is one of our favorite Yosemite hiking trips and is a great choice if you want to see Yosemite Valley from the high country above but have only a few days.

This Yosemite hike begins by either hiking up the Yosemite Falls trail past lower and upper Yosemite Falls (early season) or by taking a shuttle into the high country and hiking down to the top of roaring Yosemite Falls where we spend the first night nearby the top of the falls in a shaded campsite.

After a side to trip to the top of Eagle Peak with some of the best views of Yosemite Valley, we make our way along the North rim to Yosemite Point Buttress and many other vantage point along the way. The trail is gentle along this section. Then we get in an exciting summit of North Dome with views of Half Dome across the Valley. We also will check out a magnificent natural granite arch just off the main trail. After camping by secluded Snow Creek, we finish by hiking out the little known snow creek trail and then back by Mirror Lake into Yosemite Valley.

Along the way we enjoy grand views, whispering pine forests, great food and good company. A great way to see the Yosemite Valley!

Food, Equipment & Lodging

We provide breakfast lunch, dinner and snacks prepared by your guide and backcountry chef from the time we meet till we part ways. We like to call our food "backcountry gourmet" which includes vegetables as well as freshly baked goods.

To make your trip easier for you we provide most of the gear you will need at no extra cost. We provide high quality backpacks, sleeping bags and pad, trekking poles, headlamp and eating utensils if needed. We also provide tents, all group cooking gear, first aid kit and water purification for the group. Being a backpacking trip, everyone is responsible for carrying their own gear as well as their share of any group gear. Our guides carry emergency two-way satellite communications devices at all times.

This is a backpacking trip in which everyone carries their own gear and a share of the group gear and supplies.

The waterfalls in Yosemite Valley are spectacular this year! 



Very good physical conditioning is required. Previous hiking experience is required.

2018 DATES

June 14-17
June 30 - July 3

July 12-15
August 9-12
August 31 - September 3

Custom dates available June though September



COST: $650


  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner prepared by your guide while in the field
  • Professional local mountain guides certified in emergency wilderness medicine, food handling & Leave No Trace Principles & trained in local natural history.
  • Backpacks, sleeping bag and pad, trekking poles and eating utensils if needed
  • Tents, all group camping gear and permits
  • One night camping in Yosemite Valley with dinner the night before the hike begins