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Address: 18595 Main St, Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321-9440
Phone Number: 209-962-1999

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The hiking boot is on the other foot….

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2014
Walnut Creek, California
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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 

1 Thank Gloriousyoga
Albany, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My husband and I and another younger friend decided to go with a guide service that would help us take all the guesswork and angst out of backpacking in the Sierras. Because it was very early in the season, they could figure out where to go, They were very accommodating to our needs as "older" backpackers. (Late seventies). It was... More 

Thank Marcia H
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A group of friends and I decided to go with Yosemite Guide Service last fall for our Half Dome excursion and let me tell you, it was the smartest choice we made all year! They really took the hassle out of planning for this hike buy obtaining permits (which is quite difficult, if not impossible), buying food, making sure the... More 

Thank Jimmy-James916
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

From the moment we met Martin he said that he would make this the trip we wanted it to be. We spent hours tooling around taking photos on a bright sunny Sunday. Martin has many interesting experiences and knowledge that he graciously shares with you as his guest. We did a little hiking, he was very patient as we hiked... More 

Thank BikergirlzRock
London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We booked a guided day trip with John to learn more about the area and to get off the beaten path. John exceeded our expectations on all accounts. He is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, geography and history of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains. He was accommodating to our level of ability in hiking, and intuitively knew when we... More 

Thank Roxanne N
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

John took us on a guided backpacking trip into the Sierra's for three days and we could not have had a better time. On the drive out, he gave us so much background about the park and the area we were going to be hiking in. He was so prepared and had great gear for us to use. We ended... More 

Thank Andrea S
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We had an outstanding day with John (and his dog Parker) which was perfect for our 3 teenage girls, my wife and I. Having met us at nearby Lee Vining, John took us up to a lookout over Mono Lake where he explained the geology and ecology in a really accessible way. We then followed him in our car up... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My husband and I went on a pre-wedding/honeymoon trip with John and it was AMAZING. John is so knowledgeable about the area and can probably give you any type of experience you're looking for. We wanted to backpack for a few days, but had never been backpacking, and were coming from CO, so this was perfect! John provided all the... More 

Thank 680Leila
san Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I have done many of the iconic hikes in Yosemite (Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest, Yosemite Falls, Vogelsang Peak) and although I enjoy returning to old favorites I’m always looking for something different. When I contacted John early in the year he suggested totally new hikes: Virginia Lakes to Green Creek and Twenty Lakes Basin Loop--these were excellent suggestions! By late... More 

1 Thank PhilSanFran
College Station, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

When my family first agreed to undertake this adventure, it was on one condition: that we hire a guide to show us the ropes on our first backpacking trip! This initially discouraged me both because of price and my own adventurous personality. However, after stumbling upon Yosemite Guide Service and talking with John, I was quickly put at ease and... More 

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