Plan Your Trip
You have some options for your tour day. Consider your interests in Yosemite, besides visiting the iconic monument view stops and then share those interests with me. What is your groups activity level? Your interests are what a Private Tour is all about. No one to wait for and moving along at your own pace and interest. Of course we can’t see and do everything as the Park is 1,200 square miles and the activity list would take a whole summer to complete. So we’ll focus on your interests while taking in your PLAYosemite Private Tour and make the most of your special day.
Do you want to bike in the Valley, walk to the waterfalls, stroll the shops and brose at the Village Gift Stores, Art Galleries, Museum or Old Pioneer Cemetery? The Indian Village Interpretive Center may be of interest? Would you like to wade in the Merced River? An aggressive hike is to Vernal Falls. Just walking the boardwalks through the Yosemite meadows, absorbing the tranquility and grandeur is a most popular activity and you’re sure to view wild life.
Or, would you like to Cocktail, Tea, or Lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel?
Do you have photography interests that might keep us at particular sites for extended time?
Is everyone in your group able or interested to hike 90 minutes, 2.5 miles to the Giant Sequoia Grove? This is a great hike but it is a long uphill mile on the return. Elev. 6,000ft
Can your group split up for any period of time? (Cell service is not reliable) Time flies on this tour and a comprehensive National Park experience is my itinerary for you.
Touring in June:
The Valley waterfalls are at full flow and a walk to their base is great Yosemite fun. Falls hikes take about an hour, depending on how long you frolic there in the mist. The Valley is gorgeous and less crowded until later June.
In June the 9,000ft el. Tuolumne High Country may still be in winter condition and we don’t spend too much time there (unless you’re inclined to a June snowball fight). With no crowds here yet it’s beautiful to see snow on the ground at this time of year as Spring is beginning it’s welcomed awakening!
Touring in July and August:
The valley waterfalls may begin their seasonal decline but the Tuolumne High Country blooms into an environment equally magnificent as the great falls. Cool climate with flowering alpine meadows, streams and peaks. We can spend more time up here, if you’d like. A quarter mile hike around Nunatak Nature Trail or a half mile to Historic Parsons Lodge and Soda Springs, both are pleasant level paths, beautiful and informative, 8,500 elev. Also, view rock climbers on granite domes, right above you!
Avoiding summer heat and lots of park visitors are a specialty of PLAYosemite. I’ve found by late afternoon most day visitors have left the Valley. The weather and movement around the Valley is ideal the later we can stay. If we depart Mammoth later, approx. 9:30am we will return to Mammoth later, approx. 8:30pm and catch this “Golden” time in the Yosemite Valley. This schedule would require your dinner meal be in the Valley with several options at varying price points. Dinner, miscellaneous beverages and cocktails are not included with tour pricing.
Touring in September:
The crowds are minimal and the air is crisp in the High Country where Aspens begin their colorful display. Mammals are busy preparing winter stores and quarters. There is a quiet in late September as the natural world knows well, the coming season.
It was written of Ernest Hemmingway, “best of all, he loved the Fall”.