Having grown up hiking and climbing in the Sierra, and having written my master’s thesis on the forest-meadow relationships in Yosemite’s high country and taught field classes in Yosemite National Park for U.C.S.C., I started this business because I wanted to share, not only my love for and knowledge of the Yosemite region, but also to share some of my personal experiences with visitors. I have found that first-time visitors, especially, enjoy learning about Yosemite itself but also appreciate personal stories. My great-great-great uncle was Galen Clark, Yosemite’s first “guardian,” so I sometimes tell family stories about him and another family ancestor, Martin McCoy, who traveled with Jedediah Smith on the first overland trip from the Colorado Rockies to Spanish California in 1826, then north to Oregon two years later. My personal pioneering of rock-climbing routes in Yosemite Valley allows me to relate easily what it’s like to climb on the rocks that make up Yosemite’s scenic wonders.
Our tours remove the hassles of traffic, parking, and shuttle buses from your visit. Rather, you save time, see more, and find inspiration viewing Yosemite’s rock formations, waterfalls, meadows and forests.
Areas of Service and Expertise
The main focus of our tours is along the Merced River Canyon, along the Glacier Point Road and within Yosemite Valley. Along these roads, there are wonderful examples of different life-zones with their characteristic plants, rock-falls, historic wildfires, sub-alpine meadows, the spectacular views of Yosemite from Glacier Point, and the scenic views of cliffs and waterfalls within Yosemite Valley. We also offer custom tours by vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and hiking tours to other places such as North Dome and the Cathedral Lakes are also available.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Our daily tours offer comprehensive views of and information about Yosemite’s spectacular scenery. We also include “close-up” perspectives of many of the plants and wildlife as well as the natural processes operating there. There is a lovely balance of walking and driving with ample time for stopping to photograph wildlife when animals are encountered.
Tours, generally, save resources by creating transportation pools which reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and parking hassles. Yosemite Close Up Tours, in particular, have more stops and more walking than comparable tours and spend less time driving and creating traffic. Lunches are made locally. Recycling is practiced. Education about the environment about human impacts onYosemiteand on the planet are part each tour.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The daily tours have often taken folding wheel-chairs for people needing them. Custom Tours are more adaptable to people with special needs.
Pet Friendly Notes
Small dogs, which must be kept on leashes, are sometimes accommodated on daily tours. Custom tours offer opportunities for more pet-friendly options.