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Yosemite Guide Service

Address: 18595 Main Street, Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321
Phone Number: 209-962-1999
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San Francisco
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

John is an experienced, knowledgeable guide, who will design a backpacking trip that suits your interests and capabilities. Most of our small group had never backpacked before but were relatively althletic hikers. Rather than slogging through a grueling one-day Half Dome hike, we decided to experience Half Dome in a more enjoyable 3 day/2 night backpacking trip. After doing research,... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We had the pleasure of spending two days hiking in Yosemite with Martin on 10/30 and 11/1. What an incredible experience!! The park is spectacular of course, but Martin knew hikes off the beaten path to give us views we never would have had otherwise. AND, his encyclopedic knowledge about the park - the history, culture, geology, geography, and biology... More 

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Asolo, Italy
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I had such a great time backpacking with John and a small group (5 of us in total). Besides being a great cook (he does more with dehydrated ingredients and a small fuel canister than I can do with a full kitchen), he was a knowledgeable and fun guide. He did a great job of being involved and friendly while... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I don't even know where to start here. Our family (parents, 2 adult children and son-in-law) just returned from a 3 night camping/hiking trip in some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen. I had reserved a backpacking trip with John months ago and a week before our trip, my husband injured his back and John completely switched... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My daughter (21) and I (49) spent a wonderful backpacking adventure (3 days/2 nights) with John over the July 4th weekend. I was a little concerned about backpacking on one of the busiest weekends of the year, but John knew exactly where to take us where we could experience some great scenery but not be overrun by crowds. I asked... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

John was professional right from the start - he was friendly and warm in all his emails and addressed speedily and sensitively all my concerns. He was flexible and arranged for his colleague to meet me at my hotel in Groveland, as I was unfamiliar with the area and did not want to risk missing the appointed time. Even before... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our day, hiking with John through the back country of the Sierra Nevada. We saw amazing sights, swam in lakes, ate great food and to top it off even saw a bear (though not sure if that is repeatable on every hike). We would thoroughly recommend John for hikes in Yosemite region. We found John to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We (a French couple) went to Yosemite for a 3-day trip with John and his lovely dog Parker, in June 2014. In one word, it was AWESOME! - A hiking trip "à la carte" Before the trip, John asked us what were our expectations and our hiking skills. Based on that, he offered us a fully bespoke trip, perfectly fitting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We went with Martin to a 3 day trip to Ostrander lake June 2014 and had a fantastic experience. Three teens from age 11 to 15 backpacked for the first time and also had a great time. The cooking was inventive and delicious and all of the equipment was new or like-new high end brands. Highly recommended.

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Being a trip facilitator myself, I've NEVER hired a guide before. My friend Marcia who also is an avid traveler and hiker suggested we hire guides and to my dismay, it was AWESOME! John & Martin were experienced, knowledgeable but most importantly, genuinely great people to spend time with in the great outdoors. Their love of the Sierra's and nature... More 

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