Upper Yosemite Falls Hiking Tour

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CaliforniaYosemite National Park
Tour Length
5-7 hours
Guide Type
Skill Level
Moderate - Advanced

If you’re looking for more challenge than the short hike to catch the famous views of lower Yosemite Falls, hike to Upper Yosemite Falls on this guided day hike! It is a long, steep climb from the valley floor to the top of Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall. Our hike, on one of the oldest historic trails in the park, begins near Camp 4, notable as the hangout for rock climbers, and climbs switchback after switchback offering great views of Yosemite Valley, as well as lower and mid Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Continuing on from Columbia Rock, we may experience a welcomed mist from the waterfall as we continue our climb. Our efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views from an overlook, at the top of Yosemite, as we watch Yosemite creek cascade over the edge. After enjoying the view we turn around and hike back down to the wooded valley floor. Check out our blog on 5 Waterfall Hikes in Yosemite.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Water and snacks
  • Trail lunch spread: includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus, and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.
  • Daypack rental
  • Trekking poles rental
  • 1:7 guide to hiker ratio

What to Bring

Required Gear

Rain coat, backpack, capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.


Layered clothing appropriate for hiking and changing weather conditions. A fleece or ‘puffy’ jacket or vest is highly recommended, as is a fleece hat.


Sturdy hiking boots, trail running shoes, or other sneakers with good tread are required. Flip flops, Crocs, sandals, etc. are inadequate and will not be allowed.


Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, hiking poles, rain pants, supplemental snacks, gratuity for your guide.

Upgrades + Additions

Private Tour

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour.

Transportation from AutoCamp Yosemite (pending availability)

Up to 10 people – $100 per group

Larger groups – call to inquire

Camelbak Hydration Reservoir

$35 each – 3 Liter Camelbak reservoir

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).



  • Per Person $ 175 175

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run daily May - July

Departure Times

Tours depart at 8am & 10am
Activity duration: 5-7 hours

Advance reservations are required
Field of yellow flowers on Yosemite National Park hiking tour

Yosemite National Park’s soaring granite cliffs and leaping waterfalls make it unique among the natural wonders of this world. But the wonder of Yosemite doesn’t stop there. The park is filled with groves of giant trees, covered with lush carpets of green, teaming with forest critters, criss-crossed by snow fed streams and punctuated by rocky granite peaks. This makes it a wonderful destination for all kinds of adventure including hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more.

The history of Yosemite is the history of the world’s public land parks, being designated the first park of its kind in 1864 to be managed by the state of California. Yosemite would ultimately become part of the National Park system in 1890 However, for centuries before the park was protected for the enjoyment of all, it was home to the Awahnee tribe of Native Americans. They thrived in and around Yosemite Valley, harvesting acorns and hunting deer. They regularly traded with the Mono Paiute and Sierra Miwok tribes. Before any humans had even laid eyes on the enchanting Yosemite Valley, glaciers covered the ancient Sierra Nevada mountains. These massive instruments of destruction cut and tore at the layers of rock that made up this spine of rock. Once they retreated, they left behind the unique U-shaped Valleys, vertical cliffs, sharp peaks, and polished domes that are the foundation to this National Park, one of the greatest mountain landscapes of the world.

Field of yellow flowers on Yosemite National Park hiking tour