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Amazing 2-day tour with John and Vivian!

My family of 11 engaged John and Vivian's tour service for a 2-day tour of Yosemite in March. Prior... read more

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Superb guide for Yosemite visit!

We arrived in Yosemite a few nights ago with little planned. We had no guide service, and were... read more

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

Myself and my daughter (11) spent an amazing 2 night/3 days hiking in the Hoover Wilderness. I was looking for a backpacking trip during our recent trip to California. All the organised tours were full, so I was referred to John. John provided plenty of useful information before we committed to the trip. John provided all the gear we needed. We were very fortunate to have John, Vivian, Kirsten and Parker (the dog) join us for the 1st day hike. John has an amazing detailed knowledge of the history and ecology of the area.

Robb, our guide for the 3 day trip is a Biology teacher so was very knowledgeable and a seasoned backpacker. Robb made us feel like we were seasoned hikers after a few hours. We both felt very comfortable and very safe.

If you want to experience the high Sierra Nevada's away from the crowds and are happy to wild camp, this is for you. This was our first time wild camping and it was very exciting. The scenery is spectacular. The hike is manageable so long as you are reasonable fit.

A big thank you to John, Vivian, Kristen, Parker and especially Robb. An awesome 3 days and cannot wait to come back. Personally, the best 3 days of the entire 3 week trip.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dale C
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Vivian C, Guest Relations Manager at Yosemite Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this excellent review Dale! It was so nice to hike with you and your daughter and our pleasure to bring you into the beauty of the High Sierra mountains.
Good to hear that both of you enjoyed yourselves and will pass on your praises to Rob :)
Thanks again for choosing YGS!!

Sincerely,
Vivian and John
YGS

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Reviewed July 11, 2018

My wife, two young adult children, and I spent four amazing days backpacking in the High Sierras with John and his dog Parker. The trip really got us into unbelievably beautiful yet remote areas that only an experienced guide would know about. John (and Parker) provided a wonderful experience including great equipment, food, routes that were perfectly suited to us, informative narration on flora and fauna, and stunning views and campsites. This was a great introduction to backpacking for us and we hope to return for more backpacking in the years to come.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Karl Z
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Vivian C, Guest Relations Manager at Yosemite Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Karl, and thank you very much for this excellent review of Yosemite Guide Service. John and Parker had a great time guiding you and your family into the back country of Yosemite. Thanks again for choosing YGS for your backpacking adventures! Call us again if you ever want more amazing experiences in Yosemite. Parker says "hi!" and he'll be most happy to join you ;)

Sincerely,
John and Vivian
YGS

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Outstanding! Excellent communication. Smart recommendations from the operator which maximized our fun. The guide, Kirsten,was extraordiary and inspiring. Knew all about flowes and trees. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Vivian C, Guest Relations Manager at Yosemite Guide Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are extremely happy to hear that you had a very rewarding time backpacking and climbing Half Dome! Our guide Kirsten was honored to guide you in your experience of beautiful Yosemite and looks forward to seeing you again if you ever plan to come back for more!

Sincerely,
Vivian and John
YGS

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Reviewed June 20, 2018

As a regular hiker in the English Lake District, my two long days with John really exceeded expectations. His detailed knowledge of the geology, wild flowers, wild life, culture and local history added immensely to the enjoyment of my time in Yosemite. It was like hiking with your best friend. The Panorama Trail & Mist Trail on the first day followed by the ascent of the Mono Pass in the High Sierras on the second could be too energetic for some at that altitude. John tailored the trip to suit me and got it spot on. For me the best days of the holiday.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Felltop
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Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

John was a Great Guide!! He was very informative of the Park inside and out. My sister and I wanted to experience the Park and not be rushed or around a big crowd and he did the job! He listened to what we wanted to experience and went to areas that we would have never seen without a guide. I am so glad we picked John Klienfelter. He made sure we saw all that we could see, and every stop or hike was very well thought out. The Lakes and rapid rivers were beautiful. John made our day at Yosemite a memory that will be treasured. We would definitely use John again and the money spent was well worth it!! A Great Day at Yosemite! Thank again John Klienfelter!!

Date of experience: June 2018
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