“A Spectacular Experience! From our first contact with Four Season Guides, to farewell hugs at the conclusion of a mind-blowing backpacking trip, this was an outstanding experience. The trail itself was mind-blowing, and very different from the “corridor” we had done previously. This is definitely a route requiring an experienced guide, and we were in the best of hands with Jeremy and Four Seasons.
Being able to communicate directly with Dave, the owner of the company and himself an experienced guide, made all the difference in getting consistent, accurate, credible (and patient!) information, which was not our previous experience with a larger company. We also scored the Emperor of All Guides, Jeremy Williams, whose unflagging enthusiasm for the Canyon animated our entire experience. Jeremy was an inexhaustible source of Grand Canyon history, geology, botany, zoology, entomology, and lore–exactly the “nerd” you want on a guided adventure. (We encountered multiple people along the route–from Rangers to Wranglers–who greeted Jeremy with warm enthusiasm, and told us he was the best guide they knew.) Jeremy prepared delicious, healthy, abundant meals, and pampered us in every way (especially carrying enormous weight in water, food and gear so we didn’t have to).
We recommend this company whole-heartedly and will be back for more! Thank you for a spectacular experience.” Deena B.
“Far beyond any expectations my husband and I had in our minds. We did a 5 day backpacking trip, the “Hermit Loop” itinerary with guide Matt. My husband and I have each been to the Grand Canyon previously, but those experiences were very superficial “peek over the rim” type trips. We felt very well-equipped with the equipment provided by Four Seasons, and I felt safe during all aspects of the trip. I could not have planned a better trip without the guidance of Matt and owner Dave.
The Hermit Loop trip showed us a side of the canyon we never knew existed. It really shows the vastness of the canyon and allows you to enjoy it on a more personal level without crowds. Definitely recommend this trip. Matt is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring guide in addition to being fun. You can tell how passionate he is about the canyon and nurturing similar feelings in his guests. He absolutely made this trip for us, and we will ask for him the next time we travel with FSG! Also, regarding food, my husband and I were prepared for granola and MRE-type meals we carry on personal backpacking trips– we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food offered and abundance. We certainly did not expect fresh chicken fajitas the first night!” – Bill W.
“Just back from Grand Canyon Hermit Loop, with Four Seasons Guides, backpacking for 5 days 4 nights end of September. The Hermit Loop is an amazing adventure with some time without packs. Highlights included a creek walk to the Colorado-Hermit rapids, very cool fossil rocks, tiny Salt Creek with smooth narrow canyon walls, camping by Granite Rapids with the thundering water, and the high isolation of the Tonto trail and desert lands, last evening having supper on Plateau Point (from Indian Gardens campsite) and hiking up Bright Angel trail before dawn .
Pre trip info was very informative, and we all arrived ready to go and fit enough to handle it. Our guide Jeremy was extremely well organized and took care of everything. Jeremy did all the cooking with very careful and thorough water and food preparation and cleanups. We had impressive meals and snacks every day and 3+ litres of clean water each. The FSG provided backpacks and equipment were very good – light and easy to set up. I especially loved the great sleeping bag and my little one woman tent.
Jeremy obviously loves being in the Grand Canyon and had extensive knowledge of the trails and history, biology and geology. It was a lot of fun to have him as our guide and to be shown his favourite sites, side creeks, and fossils. And I dont know how he carried that massive heavy pack.
Start training and go with Four Season Guides!” – Helen R.
“Our first hike with Four Seasons Guides three years ago will always be special because we were in “shock and awe” for the first 48 hours and didn’t quite know how to think, feel and act because it was so incredibly different than anything we had ever experienced being from Ohio. That said, this hike, our third now with FSG took it to a new level! And, the experience was exactly what we had asked FSG for … longer, more remote, ability to venture into side canyons, etc.
Our FSG guide, Dave, was awesome in all respects … personality, responsibility, fun, sense of humor and adventure, thoughtfulness, meal prep, biology education and he’s part mountain goat! We’d definitely hike with Dave again and sincerely enjoyed his company. The Hermit Loop (down Bright Angel Trail, out Hermit Trail) is everything we hoped for and better. It’s so much nicer to only see a handful of people each day and get to explore the side canyons along the way, versus staying on the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails the entire hike. Camping at Salt Creek and Hermit Creek are absolutely wonderful and we’d highly recommend them. The Tonto and Hermit trails are incredible experiences and so much more “authentic” feeling than the “highway” trails in GC. They truly enable you to enjoy a better sense of “adventure” and “unique, custom experience”. The weather in late April was perfect, all the equipment and gear worked just right and the food was delicious as always. We wouldn’t have changed a thing except for wanting to stay longer! And frankly, FSG’s rate structure provides excellent value for your dollar. We highly recommend both Four Seasons Guides and Dave specifically with absolutely no reservations!! Don’t look any further.” – Chris G.