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I am finally getting around to writing this review, even though it has now been about 3 months since my trip. I just had to write one though to tell others how amazing our experience was! My sister and I visited Yosemite in June, and this tour was an amazing way to start our trip! Our tour guide was Margaret, and we cannot say enough about how great she was. She was a joy to talk to, and she was so knowledgeable. We started at Glacier Point, hiked up to Sentinel Dome, over to the Taft Fissures, and back. The views from all of those spots were breathtaking, and it was a beautiful way to see the best of Yosemite. The views of Half Dome, El Capitan, Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls, etc. were absolutely amazing and of course made for great pictures. We learned fun facts about the wildlife, foliage, climate, and more! As an added bonus, Margaret gave us suggestions for our next day, which we followed religiously. Her advice ended up being perfect, and we found ourselves saying multiple times the following day Wow, Margaret is the best! We knew that we wanted to hike both falls, but since we had limited time, she advised us to hike the Yosemite Falls first thing in the morning, and she told us where we should hike to to get the perfect view OMG Rock, as she called it. We then followed her advice and hiked Nevada Falls in the afternoon, which we luckily did because we got soaked, and probably wouldn't have wanted to do much after that anyway. Needless to say, we had an amazing trip, and we definitely owe a lot of that to Margaret and this amazing tour. Can't wait until we can visit again one day!
Great day and our guide John was terrific and very knowledgeable about Yosemite. Took us down some trails away from the crowds. Would highly recommend.
Our guide was fantastic. He hiked at just the right pace for our adventure up Vernal Falls 5 hours. He also talked just the right amount. He was informative, interesting, and able to answer all our questions. We loved it!!!
Had a really great experience on this hike. Getting up at 5:30am wasn't a treat but honestly I'm really glad we did. Not dealing with traffic in or out of the park was very pleasant and hiking during the cooler morning hours was always really nice. We were also the only two people on the hike since it was in the morning. So, basically a personal tour guide. Not too shabby.
Alex our tour guide was really great and knowledgeable and we opted for an intermediate hike which might have been a little much but we made it happen. The views were incredible. Crocker point in particular was really beautiful but it turns out I don't like heights as much as I thought I did.
We had such a wonderful tour withJay! Very knowledgeable and friendly. He played to our level of adventure and it was really enjoyable to go to Taft Point and see the views! You must get out into Yosemite to appreciate its beauty, I would highly rccomend Jay!
Half Doom was the experience of a lifetime!! I am 65 years old and could never had made the summit without the two BEST guides ever!! John and Zach made this trip possible. They are extremely knowledge - from how to breathing properly to the plants/trees on the route - they have it covered. They were patient and caring every minute of the trip. They need to receive an award for the BEST Guides ever!!
I enjoyed every single minute of my climb and would suggest that anyone considering doing this climb - GO FOR IT -and get a great guide like John and Zach - you will be successful with them as your leaders!!!
Susan S Spingler
The tour we selected was great for beginner hikers like us, our guide was very informative....just what we wanted
We would highly recommend this tour! We had a great time and our guide was awesome. We took the intermediate hike to Glacier point,Sentinal dome,Taft point. The views were spectacular! We were able to go at pace that was comfortable for us and our guide was very knowledgeable and made it worth the $
Fabulous tour!!!. So glad we went. I thought our guide John,was top notch. Full of information, nice, funny, and paid attention to my medical issues. bad knees, asthma. I had to give him a big hug when it was all over for getting me through the hike because I didn't think I was going to be able to make it.
The views were beautiful from atop the half dome.
The guided hike in Yosemite was one the highlights of our road trip around California and the neighbouring states. Our guide Tim was fantastic! He allowed us to set whatever pace we wanted and provided us with some fascinating stories and tales about the landscape and history of Yosemite. We completed a challenging hike, which was an 11 mile round trip from Glacier Point the best views of the park I have ever seen down to Nevada Falls.
I would highly recommend this hiking excursion! :
We had the best time on our hiking tour! Alex was an amazing guide who provided a unique experience for us and was very knowledgeable about the national park. Alex tailored the walk to us and our abilities and allowed us to explore parts of Yosemite we would never have thought possible. This was definitely a highlight of our trip to the USA
We did the North Dome hike and it was fantastic! Jay, our tour guide, was great! He was very knowledgable about the park, and gave us some great info and history lessons all along the way. I would most definitely do another guided hike and would recommend it to others.
Such a excellent hike. A great way to explore Yosemite. We chose the Lake Gaynor hike and it was beautiful. Alex our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and great fun. We had such a great time. Thoroughly recommend.
Great days hiking, fantastic experience, with excellent friendly and very knowledgable guide in Stephanie, would recommend to others.
It was a fabulous experience. The tour guides were attentive and knowledgable and they took great care of me as I was having some issues with the altitude. They allowed me to take my time and showed me better ways to deal with the challenges I was having. Not only did I learn about the park from them , but on the second half of the hike the guides told us about the local flora and fauna AND showed us the best places to take gorgeous photographs including some I would never have known to take had they not shown them to me.
We had lunch in a beautiful meadow near the river before we hiked out to see El Capitan and some more of the beautiful waterfalls Yosemite has to offer this time of year.
Not only did the guides take care of me during the hike, they also made sure I had the right directions to get back to my hotel.
it was a truly enjoyable and worthwhile trip. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody.
John is the best when it comes to hiking and knowledge about the whole Yosemite park. We enjoyed the hike and his experience helped my son and I overcome the fears we had related to the dangers there are when hiking on your own....specially when you have no experience. I recommend Yexplore to anyone.
I had the best time on the tour, John was a great guide. He made sure to give me facts, history on the park, its indigenous people and names of the mountains. I had quite the adventure at the top of Upper falls, we walked into a snow storm and it quickly became the highlight of the hike. It was majestic being so high up a natural beauty and seeing the roaring falls within feet of you. I really enjoyed the fact that John took the time to take photos and capture those memories for me. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone that ones a catered trip and experience. I can't wait to get back out there and hike Yosemite again.
It would be very hard not to be wowed by Yosemite, such a stunning place. Opting for a guided hike was a great option for me, received lots of interesting information and facts from my guide Jay, and he took me to the best spots around the route we hiked. We did an intermediate level hike, around 8 miles with 1300ft of climbing - you need to be reasonably fit, some of it was hard going, but all worth it when you get to the high spots, such as Sentinel Dome with a 360 degree view of the whole park. Amazing.
Loved it. AMAZING views and Jay my tour guide was a really nice guy! Highly recommended.
This was fantastic! Our tour guide was called Tim, he was warm, friendly and so knowledgeable. He went at our pace and we never felt rushed. It felt like we had known each other years by the end of our hike. Definitely a must when visiting Yosemite, called speak highly enough of this! Would defo do again if we get the chance to return.
A fascinating hike and breathtaking views. 4 hours in the company of Matteo was interesting and fun.
Had a top day. Tim our guide was a great guy! The views of yosemite are incredible!
The trek was hard as the initial description identified. IT was well worth it to finish and gain that sense of completion even through the rain and snow yes in July. The ends justified the means and we were both very happy to have made it to the top. To see the valley and panoramic views from that vantage point was truly awe inspiring. Thank you
Beautiful views . Great family bonding. Tour guide was awesome. Full of knowledge, fun facts, very nice upbeat personality.
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