Private tour

From El Portal: Yosemite High Country Guided Hike Day Tour

Activity provider: Incredible Adventures

From El Portal: Yosemite High Country Guided Hike Day Tour

Activity provider: Incredible Adventures

From US$ 990 per group up to 3

Hike through stunning alpine meadows, swim in a glacier carved lake, and drive along California's highest paved road on this tour of Yosemite's famed High Country.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Private group


4.5 hours
  • El Portal

  • 2 hours
  • Pothole Dome (hiking)

  • Tenaya Lake (lunch, free time)

  • Olmsted Point (photo stop)

  • 1.5 hours
  • El Portal

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Hike to the top of Pothole Dome for panoramic views of Yosemite's famed Tuolumne Meadows
  • Reach elevations upwards of 10,000 feet as you drive through Tioga Pass, the highest paved highway in California
  • Enjoy a boxed lunch as you relax by the crystal clear waters of Tenaya Lake
  • Snap once-in-a-lifetime photos from Olmstead Point as you look down Tenaya Canyon towards Half Dome
  • Learn the secrets of Yosemite's history, geology and people from an expert guide on this small group tour
Full description
Leave the crowds behind and discover pristine wilderness from 10,000 feet in elevation on this small-group tour of the Yosemite High Country. After getting picked up from Yosemite View Lodge, meet your expert guide and begin your full-day adventure.  After pickup, ascend more than 5,000 feet to the glacier-carved, the highest paved highway in California called Tioga Pass. From here, make your way to the Pothole Dome trailhead, where you will have 2 hours to hike a relatively easy 2.5 miles to the sloping granite top of Pothole Dome.  From the top of the dome, you will be greeted with stunning panoramic views of the Tuolumne River, sweeping views of the Tuolumne Meadows, and Yosemite's craggy, high-elevation peaks towards the east. In the early summer, the Tuolumne Meadows are known for their wildflowers that bloom near the end of June and the start of July. After the hike, indulge in lunch along the shores of Tenaya Lake. You will then have the choice to swim in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sun from the picnic tables along the beach. Taking a dip in the refreshing water is the perfect solution to a hot summer's day. You'll have 2 leisurely hours to swim among the polished granite domes, relax along the sandy beach or go for stroll among towering cedars. With a fraction of the people that crowd the lower elevations of Yosemite Valley, it won't be hard to find a quiet place to yourself to enjoy the pristine beauty of California's first National Park. After lunch, you'll stop at Olmstead Point, one of the most famous viewpoints in the Park, before making your way back towards El Portal for a timely drop off at Yosemite View Lodge. Enjoy seeing Half Dome from an all-new perspective as you search for black bear and mule deer along the scenic mountain road.
  • Yosemite National Park entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite View Lodge
  • Photo stops
  • Guided hike to the top of Pothole Dome
  • Information on Yosemite National Park and other visited locations
  • Boxed lunch
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Stops within the Yosemite Valley
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Parking: To park at Yosemite View Lodge for the duration of your tour, please use the following directions. After pulling into the main entrance of the hotel, make your first left and follow it all the way down to the parking lot at the end.  Where to meet your tour: Please meet your tour directly outside the main lobby of Yosemite View Lodge. The lobby is located in the southwest corner of the main building and you'll see a shaded area outside where you can wait. Look for a white Incredible Adventures vehicle.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • You'll travel in a smaller group allowing every person to have an aisle, a window, or an empty seat on either side
  • The Pothole Dome trail is a mild 2.5 mile (4 km) roundtrip hike with 250 feet of elevation gain

Product ID: 389290