Our California division, California Alpine Guides, offers Yosemite guided hiking tours and Sierra Nevada backpacking trips on our home turf in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Come join us on a spectacular wilderness guided hiking tour in the High Sierra of Yosemite and let us show you some of the special places we know intimately, as well as famous hiking trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.

Don’t just look at the wilderness, get IN the wilderness!

Why hike with California Alpine Guides?

  • Exceptional Reviews

    With hundreds of guests joining us every year, we have earned a stellar reputation for quality trips. With a 5-star Trip Advisor rating and countless testimonials you can be assured that we have been exceeding expectations for over 12 years!

  • A Full Service Mountain Guiding Company & A Leader In The Field Of Guided Yosemite Hiking

    Since 2006 we have been running some of the finest wilderness hiking tours in Yosemite and throughout the Sierra Nevada. We feel we have the best hiking itineraries and the best local logistics. We are not just a hiking company, but also a full mountain guiding company providing hiking, skiing and climbing trips around the world which gives us a depth of experience not found in hiking-only services.

  • A Local Yosemite-based Company With Local Professional Hiking Guides

    We are based just 30 minutes from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our hiking guides are mountain professionals with years of local experience and training in Yosemite Natural history.

  • The best “backcountry gourmet” food in the business

    We like to eat well so you’re going to eat well! Along with our signature 4-course dinners, our guides (who are also trained backcountry cooks) will provide you with a delicious breakfasts to start your day right, yummy lunches and snacks.

  • All Inclusive Yosemite Hiking & Backpacking Trips

    We will provide you all the high quality backpacking gear you’ll need for a successful trip. All you need to bring is your own clothing and personal items.

  • Stewards of the Land

    A supporter of Leave No Trace principles, we consider ourselves stewards of the land we work and live on. All of us at IAG support the concept of wilderness and fight to keep wild places wild.

Don’t just look at the wilderness, get IN the wilderness!

“We had a very great time and enjoyed this trip in yosemite. We was glad to have great quality gear and good and fresh food. Our guide was very nice with us and we have learned a lot about yosemite thanks to her.
— Marie G.

Yosemite, Pacific Crest Trail & John Muir Trail Backpacking Trips

The Pacific Crest & John Muir Trail are the two most iconic trails in the Western United States. For much of the JMT, it shares the exact same route as the PCT. We are proud to offer the full John Muir Trail as well as some of the best sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in our home base of the High Sierra and Yosemite. 


John Muir Trail - Mammoth to Yosemite Valley
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley - 6 1/2 days
Hike the JMT through the best of the Yosemite High Country

Pacific Crest Trail Hike - Yosemite N.P.
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows - 8 1/2 days
Hike the PCT along one of it's most remote sections

John Muir Trail Hike
High Sierra Nevada - 23 days
One of the world's most famous hikes

Yosemite National Park Backpacking Trips

Yosemite National Park, one of the United States most treasured natural wonders, is home to some of the best backpacking on the planet. From hiking ascents of the iconic Half Dome to remote wilderness backpacking trips far from the crowds, we offer you a Yosemite hiking experience second to none. We are based 30 minutes from the Eastern edge of Yosemite National Park and our local hiking guides know all the best spots, and some of Yosemite's secrets as well. 

Half Dome Climb & Clouds Rest Backpack
Yosemite High Country - 3 1/2 days
Hike Half Dome & Cloud's Rest


Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Hike
Yosemite Hetchy Hetchy - 3 1/2 days
Spring & Fall Yosemite backpacking tour


Backpacking & Wilderness Skills Course
Yosemite High Country - 3 days
Learn the skills for wilderness travel


John Muir Trail - Mammoth to Yosemite Valley
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley - 6 1/2 days
Hike the JMT through the best of the Yosemite High Country

Yosemite High Country Grand Hiking Tour
Yosemite High Country - 8 1/2 days
The ultimate Yosemite high country hiking tour


Yosemite North Boundary Tour
Yosemite High Country - 6 1/2 days
Hike the quiet Northern Yosemite


Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne Waterfall Hike
Tuolumne Meadows to White Wolf - 4 1/2 days
Hike down a remote canyon past backcountry waterfalls

Yosemite Valley North Rim Backpack
Yosemite Valley - 3 1/2 days
Spectacular views of Yosemite Valley


Mount Conness Summit
Yosemite High Country - 3 1/2 days
Hike Yosemite's most sought after peak


Pacific Crest Trail Hike - Yosemite
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne - 8 1/2 days
Hike the PCT along a remote sections

Yosemite Basecamp Hiking Tours

Enjoy the comfort of a fully catered vehicle-accessed base camp in the high country of Yosemite while experiencing some of Yosemite’s best summer hikes. Enjoy fine camp cuisine freshly prepared by your guide each day and sleep soundly in roomy tents with comfy sleeping pads and sleeping bags. Hike during the day with our local expert guides carrying only a lightweight day pack.


Yosemite High Country Basecamp Hiking
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite - 3 1/2 days
Day hikes from a fully catered basecamp


Yosemite Day Hiking Tours

Private day hiking tours for you, your group or your family in the beautiful Yosemite high country. Our local expert hiking guides will choose a custom itinerary for you based on your goals and abilities. A picnic lunch, use of backpack and trekking poles is included. Let us show you the special spots we know in Yosemite!


Yosemite High Country Day Hiking Tours
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite - One day
Custom day hiking tours


Custom Yosemite Backpacking and Hiking


Custom Hiking Tours
Yosemite, Sequoia & The Sierra Nevada
Private hiking trips for individuals, groups & families