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California Hiking Tours



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California is home to alpine meadows, granite monoliths, glacier fed lakes and waterfalls – you’ll get to see them all on a guided hiking tour with MountainBased Adventures.

2023 TripAdvisor AwardOur California hiking tours will have you exploring the best of Yosemite National Park, Emerald Bay State Park and D.L. Bliss State Park in South Lake Tahoe. Walk amongst giant ancient Sequoias, wonder at the granite cliffs of El Capitan, and be astounded by waterfalls along the John Muir Trail. Visit Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. This 2 million year old lake is known for its panoramic sunset views.

Our top-rated guides will ensure you have an incredible experience in California—leading you on the best trails, providing you with fresh, healthy meals, and sharing the complex history of early settlers, geology, flora and fauna. Choose a camping tour to rest your head under ponderosa pines by the Tuolumne River, or select lodging for our favorite curated accommodations close to the parks. Either of these hiking tours are great for solo travelers, couples and families alike. Contact us to learn more about our Yosemite + Lake Tahoe multi-day tour.


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Why book a guided hiking tour to California?


Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe are two stunning natural destinations in California that offer a variety of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. A guided hiking tour to these locations can provide a hassle-free and enjoyable experience for visitors. With the help of a trained guide, you can avoid the challenges of navigating unfamiliar trails, finding parking, and staying informed about any trail closures or permit requirements. Instead, you can simply relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of these parks, while your guide handles the logistics. MountainBased offers guided tours to both Yosemite and Lake Tahoe from Reno, making it easy for you to fully experience and appreciate these gorgeous natural wonders.

Each tour is great for couples, families, and solo travelers alike

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Where We Visit in California


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a popular destination for hikers, with trails ranging from easy walks to challenging backcountry routes. The Mariposa Grove, located near the park’s southern entrance, is home to hundreds of giant sequoias, some of which are over 2,000 years old. The Mariposa Grove Trail is a 3-mile loop that takes hikers through the grove, passing some of the largest trees in the park.

Vernal and Nevada Falls are two of the park’s most popular waterfalls, and both can be reached by hiking the Mist Trail. The Vernal Fall Footbridge offers a close-up view of Vernal Fall, while the top of Nevada Fall can be reached by continuing on the Mist Trail. The hike to the top of Nevada Fall is strenuous and involves climbing more than 600 stairs, but the views of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape are worth the effort.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, straddling the border between California and Nevada in the United States. It is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning scenery, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers.

Emerald Bay State Park, located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, is a popular spot for hiking and offers several trails ranging in difficulty and length. One of the most popular trails is the Eagle Falls Trail, which leads to a series of cascading waterfalls and offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Another popular trail is the Rubicon Trail, which follows the shoreline and offers views of the lake and the bay.

D.L. Bliss State Park, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, also offers a variety of hiking trails, including the Balancing Rock Trail, which takes hikers to a large boulder that appears to be precariously balanced on a small rock, and the Rubicon Trail, which offers panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.