create your custom experience

Let Balanced Rock create and guide a one-of-a-kind Yosemite experience for you! We offer completely customizable day hikes, tours, retreats or backpacking trips that are tailored to match your vision. Pick and choose the components you are interested in and we will take care of the rest. As part of our Special Use Permit, participants of Balanced Rock programs can gain day use access into Yosemite which can be difficult to obtain. We’ll send you the detailed plan for your adventure–all you need to do is meet our guides at the trailhead.

Custom Day Hikes & Tours

Access Yosemite through Balanced Rock’s Custom Day Hikes & Tours! Join our experienced guides and naturalists on a custom adventure to experience some of Yosemite’s most iconic vistas. Choose from a half day or full day adventure, led by our local guides and their wealth of knowledge and stories about the area. Our day hikes and tours are accessible to all ages and levels, perfect for solo travelers or groups, and flexible with your travel plans.


  • Access into Yosemite through a day hike or tour and spend the rest of the day to explore the park on your own!
  • Choose from a single trail adventure or a multiple stop tour, customized to fit your “must-sees” and schedule
  • Explore Yosemite’s iconic wilderness led by our experienced and local guides
  • Enjoy a personalized and unique experience by adding an optional outdoor yoga class, meditation session or reflective journaling activity during your adventure
  • Experience the magic of visiting Yosemite during all-time low visitation levels

Pricing for Custom Day Hikes & Tours vary, contact us for a pricing estimate. Our prices do not include any entrance gate fees for the park, which is currently $35/vehicle. Please allow for at least 24 hours notice in booking a custom day adventure with us. 

Custom Retreats & Backpacking Adventures

Need to get away? We arrange wellness retreats and backpacks from weekenders to two weeks, and can accommodate almost any size group depending on location and season. The specifics of the park regulations and health and safety protocols currently limit large group sizes due to COVID-19, please contact us for further details.

Here are examples of trips we have organized in the past…
  • Adventure for the Whole Family
    Our staff loves working with children and families (many have families of their own), and we love to share our Yosemite home with your family. Choose from a variety of accommodation options: lodge-based, rustic retreat, camping, or backpacking.
  • A Introspective Backpacking Trip
    Find your natural rhythm on the scenic backpacking trails of Yosemite National Park. With help from our experienced guides, you’ll learn the skills of self-sufficiency in the outdoors and have the optional practice of yoga and meditation. Customize the length and focus/intention of the trip to suit the needs of the group!
  • Corporate Outings, Yosemite Style!
    Let Balanced Rock organize your next corporate outing! Hit the pause of the daily grind and bring your team out into the wilderness of Yosemite National Park. We have hosted multi-faceted, team-building events that include yoga classes, guided meditation sessions, mindfulness seminars, intentional journaling workshops, and more. We have worked with major corporation divisions, small businesses, creative teams, and more to offer a transformative Yosemite experience!
  • The Ultimate Pre-Wedding Party
    Treat the groom or bride-to-be to memories they will never forget. Imagine a weekend filled with hiking, campfires and lots of laughs. Optional additions include yoga classes, creative writing workshops, massage treatments and more. And it wouldn’t be a pre-wedding party without plenty of time to laugh and tell stories! We have lots of options to make sure that it’s a fun event that everyone will remember.

Pricing for Custom Retreats & Backpacks vary, contact us for a pricing estimate. Our prices do not include any entrance gate fees for the park, which is currently $35/vehicle.

Email us at or call us (209) 379-WILD for more information on booking a Custom Journey with us!