I wanted to take my kids (10 and 12) for one last summer escape so I booked Evergreen Lodge based on favorable reviews - also I didn't want to camp!! Feeling nervous about what to do with the kids all day I reserved two guided trips: High Country Naturalist Hike to Idyllic Alpine Lakes and 'Bike, Hike & Swim' at Granite Gorge.
The High Country Naturalist Hike was supposed to be with an "expert naturalist " Jimmy was neither. To make a long story short. We endured a 45 minute terrifying ride into Yosemite - Jimmy should not be allowed to drive a van! We hiked on a trail with scant commentary regarding Yosemite etc. Jimmy also did not slow down to see if we were even behind him!! We went "off trail" and proceeded to get quite lost. Jimmy even pulled out a map and compass!! I was very concerned, and asked Jimmy point blank if he could promise us he knew where we were. He promised and after another 45 minutes we found Polly Dome Lake (by shear luck). I noted where we went in and when it was time to leave Jimmy promptly walked the wrong direction "off trail" again. I refused to follow and said I would wait while he scoped it out. Jimmy returned after about 10 minutes and agreed that we should walk out my way on the trail. Additionally, there was another couple with us who did not seem very Back Country savvy but hung in there while Jimmy was walking around in circles.
The management offered us free drinks and dessert and a small refund. I'm not certain they understood how serious the situation was and I hope they do not send out unqualified employees on "guided hikes" in the future.
We left one day early because I was uncomfortable after our "Hike from Hell" and the food situation is very grim (Sysco only - no fresh fruit for two days). The front office was patient and polite.
By the way, the bike trip was decent.
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