We are a collective of geologists, wildlife biologists, naturalists, photographers and mountaineers with a passion for adventure and a desire to help others experience wild places. Our belief is that the triumphs and challenges in the wilderness provide a renewed perspective and a mental clarity that encourage us to live our best lives. We also believe that people can more fully appreciate and be inspired by a place when they have a local expert to help navigate their journey.

We offer guided hikes for individuals and groups going into Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. Our awe-inspiring wilderness experiences are designed to expand your personal frontiers while minimizing impact on these pristine and beautiful locations. We believe that the natural world should be loved and protected and we strive to run our business and live our lives in an environmentally responsible way.

We are proud to be partnered with Leave No Trace and One Percent for the Planet. Leave No Trace provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly. One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. By electing Wild Shepherd as your guide service you will also be supporting environmental solutions through these organizations. Wild Shepherd’s base of operations is located just north of Yosemite National Park in Sonora, California. We invite you to give us a call or send us an email to inquire about a future mountain adventure.

- Gabriel Mann (Founder/Guide)




What Our Clients Say

Garland Family

“We seriously can not say enough good things about our hike with Wild Shepherd. Our guide Bob made our visit to Yosemite unique and memorable. He took us away from the crowds so we could experience the beauty and quietness of Yosemite. He also provided us with the adventure our family of four needed. He kept our kids excited and intrigued. We would definitely recommend this group to anyone looking for a Yosemite adventure.”

Garland Family

Linda Robinson

“Our family has been vacationing at Pinecrest Lake for years and we were looking for an adventure. We are so grateful to have booked with Wild Shepherd. We never would have made our way to the beautiful places we were led to. It was also a unique experience to have a wildlife biologist as a guide.”

Linda Robinson

Zach Russo

“Luis was awesome. He knew just the right spot to take my wife and I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I would highly recommend Wild Shepherd for an off the beaten path experience.”

Zach Russo



Echo Peaks

Yosemite’s Echo Peaks are an inspiring grouping of nine peaks located in the Tuolumne Meadows region. One can hike to this area starting at the Cathedral Lakes trailhead.

Mt. Starr King

Mt. Starr King is an impressive granite dome located a few miles south of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Gaining the summit requires technical rock climbing skills but one can…

Ten Lakes Basin

Yosemite’s Ten Lakes basin offers a moderately difficult hike coming in around twelve miles round trip with about 3,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain. This hike has some impressive views…