Learn to Backcountry Hike in Yosemite

For 4 Days, 3 Nights From San Francisco

Yosemite Like A Local

Stretch your legs for your privately guided hike into the Yosemite wilderness for four days and three nights of adventure, including your complete camping setup, wilderness advice, private driver from San Francisco, and more.

Inhale the fragrant scent of pine trees as you saunter down an empty trail, or study the starlit sky and constellations once night falls. Our private guides, with time, skill, and know-how away from technology, can unlock a wonderful — and “wonder” is the operative word — private backcountry hike in Yosemite you never knew existed, regardless of your skill level.

Are you unsure of the best trails to hike in the famed national park? Do you want a private Yosemite tour from San Francisco without the hassle of crowds? We recreate a Yosemite backpacking trek the locals would approve of, not one planned for the masses.

  • Tour Highlights

    • Trip begins from your hotel’s front door in San Francisco
    • Turnkey Yosemite hiking experience with private, certified guides
    • Visit El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, and more
    • Reconnect with your family or friends in Yosemite privately—away from your Ipad, laptop, phone signal, and thousands of other people
    • Available for all skill levels
  • Private Guides

    • Each tour is led by a Wilderness First Responder or a certified EMT guide who truly cares about the balance between you and Yosemite.
    • Whether you are a beginner with map and compass challenges or a veteran who is training to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, our private guides can help.
    • We want to share our Yosemite knowledge, so the next time you visit the treasured national park, you will not need us.
  • Included

    • Luxury ride to and from Yosemite from San Francisco
    • Equipment for each guest, including backpack, complete sleeping setup, trekking poles, and more
    • A pre-departure meeting in San Francisco to issue your gear, provide packing tips, go over our route and safety issues, and answer any last-minute questions you may have
    • A private guide who understands efficient use of your time while showing you stunning spots in Yosemite even photos cannot describe
    • All meals while hiking in Yosemite
  • Not Included

    • Hiking clothes such as pants, shirts, socks, fleece, or rain gear
    • Boots or, more recommended, trail runners
    • Meals outside the wilderness (such as on the drive back to San Francisco)
    • Gratuity for your guide

Don’t Be Fooled About Yosemite

Google “Yosemite Guided Hiking Tour” and you’ll find an assortment of tour operators offering Yosemite hiking tours. Few, however, will offer a private driver from San Francisco, and even fewer will provide a secluded, private hiking tour. To us, most of the Google search results sound like a business model — not the best Yosemite tour possible.

We began with a different goal, to design the trek we’d be proud to lead a family member on — a tour that begins when you arrive in San Francisco and are greeted by a private Yosemite guide, who explains every step of the process. This results in more time for sightseeing in the iconic park and less wasted time on the road. No staging days, and no “tour” feeling. Instead, we offer you the chance to truly feel like a local, because efficiency is important to us.

Which type of private Yosemite tour would you prefer?

  • Transportation

    Because we pride ourselves on doing things the right way, we begin at your door in San Francisco. No shuttle service with us; all your transportation is private, with a private tour guide. We go the extra mile because you deserve it. We want your experience to be effortless so you can instead concentrate on training, spending time with your family or hiking in Yosemite.

  • Meals

    Dine on fresh meals prepared in the Yosemite backcountry, and more importantly, learn how to prepare excellent camp food yourself — for the freedom to explore Yosemite, or any backcountry, on your own in the future.  Are you on a gluten-free diet? A vegetarian? A homemade jerky aficionado? If you require a certain diet or are prone to allergies, we can accommodate you with healthy hiking meals.

  • 4 Days, 3 Nights

  • Hiking Distance

    20-35 Miles (40 km)

    Hiking Distance

  • Private Transportation

    Mercedes GL 450

  • San Francisco

    Trip Starting Point

    San Francisco

  • Interests

    Whether you want an easy hike to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature or a wilderness workout to lose weight or hone those thighs, our luxury tour guides can plan a private Yosemite hike tailored for you and your interests. Tell us how you prefer to do things and we’ll create a personal and safe Yosemite itinerary as long or as short as you desire. How may we help?

  • Preparation

    Safety is our top concern. We recommend all participants in Yosemite hiking be active and healthy, and you should be comfortable hiking many hours with no breaks.

    Are you in shape? Intimidated by the mountains? A workout plan in the weeks or months before your hike can help to combat your jitters. We provide top of the line, lightweight equipment, but the more you train and exercise beforehand, the easier your private hike in Yosemite will be.

  • Disclaimer for Beginner Hikes in Yosemite

    Hikes in Yosemite can be anywhere from moderate to strenuous, and participants will need to each carry a 40-pound (20-kilo) bag on his/her back for long distances, sometimes on rocky or unstable terrain. A regular physical exercise plan is strongly recommended before your tour. A medical release is required for anyone under the care of a physician.

    All private tours are subject to approval of wilderness permits, and we reserve the right to change routes based on availability, weather limitations, or other unforeseen factors. Sometimes trips may be cancelled due to trail closures or natural disasters such as erosion or fire. We recommend travel insurance to cover your expenses if any these events should occur.

    To keep with the integrity of traditional backpacking trips, we do not offer stock or porter services. Otherwise, come with us to see the Yosemite John Muir would be proud to share.

A Quick Recap

By The Numbers

16 miles of trails
9+ Yosemite Landmarks
1 Iconic National Park
1 Satisfied Family

Our Mission

 Luxury and bespoke for us means the ability to get away from the crowds the park draws each year and connect with authentic Yosemite nature—privately, with only you and your chosen companions. Led by White Wolf Private Tours expert guides, clients reach these pristine spots on foot, away from the crowds, as natives and naturalist John Muir once did.

 To us, a private bespoke tour is so much more than eating caviar and drinking fine wine; it’s about balancing the body and mind.

Where We Went

On Our Private Yosemite Guided Hiking Tour

A Note from White Wolf Private Tours

The majority of tourists who visit Yosemite do the same thing: fight the crowds to see Yosemite Valley in one day. Not many, though, go in the opposite direction of the crowds and do a privately guided Yosemite hike, the same kind John Muir did, the kind that makes you fall in love with a wonder like Yosemite, leaving one eager to return again and again.

The world is big; there are many places to see. We hope when you are done with your privately guided hike with us you won’t need to see Yosemite again. But you will want to.

What John, Owen & Jess say about us

“Thanks again for a fantastic trip and trek. We had a great time and made
lifelong memories.”

“Awesome four days and I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon White Wolf. I will definitely come back to Yosemite.”

“Yosemite was the most highly anticipated part of my summer and it did not disappoint!”