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John Flaherty

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Central Coast Outdoors

  • Locations

    Big Sur, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, California, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Bike Tour, Cycling, Eco Tour, Hiking Trekking, Kayaking, Lifestyle, Nature, Sightseeing, Wine Tour

  • Guiding Experience

    31 years

  • Languages


  • Awards

    TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for 2012 and 2013 for Central Coast Outdoors

Guide Bio

A self professed outdoors junkie, John has hiked, ridden and paddled on five continents. He has hiked the entire John Muir Trail, bike toured in Patagonia and sea kayaked in New Zealand and Baja. John moved to the Central Coast in 1997 and immediately fell in love with the area. “The first time I did a ride in Montaña de Oro State Park, I almost fell off my bike – it was so beautiful. Ever since that moment, we have been looking for a way to translate our extensive experience in the active travel world into creating opportunities for people to experience the Central Coast.”

As a guide and field manager with Backroads® for 13 years, John gained invaluable experience in designing and running first class active travel trips for people of all ability levels.What he loves most about guiding is being able to facilitate an incredible outdoors experience, “to take people to a place they might not find on their own and stand back as they have a ‘Wow’ moment.” John graduated from Dartmouth in 1987 with a B.A. in History and is an avid amateur natural historian and photographer. He can often be found hiking around the hills near his home with a flower book in one hand and a camera in the other.

Central Coast Outdoors

From the trails and crashing surf of Big Sur to the quiet country roads winding between exclusive wineries to the profusion of bird life in Morro Bay, this area of California abounds with outdoor adventure possibilities. Central Coast Outdoors offers a wide range of trips – biking, hiking, kayaking and multi-sport in order to take advantage of these diverse opportunities. Trip lengths vary from half-day to full-day trips to custom trips of any length.

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