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“Brilliant day out for the (older) family!”

Sierra Mac River Trips
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Groveland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sierra Mac specializes in Tuolumne River Rafting, Merced River Rafting and Yosemite Rafting Trips. We were first the outfitter on the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers and the pioneer in opening Class V Cherry Creek to commercial rafting. Founded in 1965, Sierra Mac is a locally based, family-owned business. We are located just 15 miles outside Yosemite's northwest entrance on Highway 120, perched above the Tuolumne River canyon. Our experienced guides are privileged to host your Yosemite rafting trip. Thanks to winter storms and ample snowpack we are expecting another exciting season for our Yosemite rafting trips. Escape the crowds and connect with yourself, your friends, and the rivers of Yosemite.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We are a family of 5 - 3 teenage daughters and 2 adults - and just rode the Tuolumne river with Sierra Mac. What an experience - one of, if not THE best day we've had as a family. We checked in at Casa Loma, the meeting place, at 0830 - there is a bakery there for snacks, cakes and water if you need it), then were met by Scott, who then bussed us all the 5 mile drive to the Canyon floor. There are rest room facilities (basic chem loos, pretty grim but functional) at both Casa Loma and at the canyon floor). We then boarded our raft, guided by the excellent Mark, and set off. 18 miles and maybe 6 hours later we arrived at the end, exhilarated. What a brilliant trip. We stopped for lunch, which consisted of lots of fresh meats, salad (delicious avocado) and cheese with which to make sandwiches. Everything taken into the canyon has to be taken out, an excellent environmental requisite, so all the lunch was brought on our raft.
We got the chance to dive into the river and float down 1 rapid (wearing life jackets and helmets of course). Mark guided us superbly, ensuring we were perfectly prepared to deal with even the hardest rapids (class 5 on a class 4 river). Photos are taken on the way down by a team kayaker who speeds ahead, then hops out at appropriate moments. Couldn't recommend enough - cost was roughly $1200 for 5 of us.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Thanks again to Marty and crew. Did my 2nd 2 day on the Tuolumne, It's a great trip with a fun crew. Tough enough to feel you have accomplished something but not death defying. Be sure to hike up the Clavey, one of the few undammed rivers in CA to enjoy the wonderful swimming pools. If you want a wilderness rafting experience in CA, Sierra Mac is for you.

Thank Dan K
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

My husband and I just took a one day, 18 mile trip with the guides from this company. It was one of the BEST experiences in our lives! They were so accommodating to us! We had signed up for a Monday a little earlier in the season and this day we were actually the only ones that were signed up. Any other place I'm sure would've cancelled the trip because of low numbers of people for the day. Not these guides... They didn't even hesitate to take us out and we had the time of our lives! Our guides were Tom and Keith and they were wonderful. They were SO nice, informative and funny! We always felt safe the whole trip but not without getting soaked and having a blast! The lunch we got was very well put together and we weren't expecting how nice it would be, either! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sierra Mac for your white water rafting experience... I can't say enough good things about them! Thank you SO Much guys... You made our trip to California amazing!

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I recently went rafting with Sierra Mac on the 2 day Cherry Creek/ Tuolumne combo trip. The trip was the best I have been on. The food the guides prepared was delicious. The owner, Marty, a great person who was a great rafter in his day. However our trip last weekend on the 17th, a fire cut short our 2 day rafting trip. After a very successful run down Cherry Creek with our great guide Adam, and setting up camp, we sighted a wildfire just before taking a nap. We then had to evacuate via a mountain trail which is 5 miles of hiking on a badly cut trail with tree branches sticking into the trail everywhere. Well, a 2 day rafting combo trip turned into a 1 day rafting/ hiking combo. However, the trip was made even more memorable because of this rare occasion. By the time we hiked to the top of the canyon, it was already 8:30 at night and Marty courteously invited us to join him and his family for dinner. This is one of many characteristics which show that Sierra Mac actually cares! Most rafting companies only care about money and so but Sierra Mac actually cares about its guests. A big thank you to all the friends at Sierra Mac especially Adam and Marty!!!

1  Thank Kaili S
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We recently got back from a wonderful two days spent on the Main Tuolumne. The Sierra Mac guides were awesome, taught us how to properly row a raft down a river and made it the highlight of my daughter's summer (and frankly that of my wife and myself as well).

The food was excellent, as Jordan said, "Everything tastes better on the river." He was right but the homemade zucchini bread made a good breakfast great. Ky was a great oarsman and got us greenhorns down river with no problems (thanks!). Doc Mike and his team were a blast to travel with.

Overall had a great time and can't wait to come back again.

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