Chris Van Leuven
Meet Chris Van Leuven: Your Expert Guide to Yosemite's Hidden Gems and Local Adventures
For nearly three decades, Chris Van Leuven has called Yosemite and its surrounding area home. With over 30 ascents of El Capitan under his belt, Chris's passion for the park's hidden waterfalls and off-the-beaten-path spots runs deep. His love for e-biking, however, began almost by accident. What started as short rides between writing deadlines quickly evolved into an infatuation with exploring every hidden trail. Today, Chris conquers the height of Everest each month on his e-bikes and delights in sharing these unique experiences with others.
Explore the Sierra Foothills: A Blend of Scenic Countryside, Gold Rush History, and Lush Farmland
Join Chris as he takes you on a journey through the Sierra foothills, where narrow, dirt-covered roads offer extraordinary experiences. These seldom-seen trails wind through picturesque countryside, historic Gold Rush mining sites, and thriving farmland.
“A day with Chris will make your friends with Half Dome permits jealous” —Matt Cairns, adventure coordinator with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
A Personalized Concierge Experience on the Trails
Chris provides a finely tailored experience for his clients. His fleet of e-bikes features extra-wide saddles, padded tires, horns, bells, oversized rear-view mirrors, and illuminated handlebar tassels for a comfortable, safe ride that lets you focus on the breathtaking views. Yosemite E-biking is all about fun, exploration, and enjoying stunning landscapes without burning fossil fuels. Chris and his guests can access the forgotten fire roads of Mariposa and the narrow, winding paved paths that meander through the surrounding foothills. Marvel at the sight of El Capitan or a rustic horse farm with a majestic Clydesdale from various overlooks.
Family-Friendly Adventures with Gourmet Snacks
Chris's outings cater to the whole family and include a generous selection of snacks to keep everyone fueled. Expect Ferrero Rocher chocolates, cheeses, charcuterie boards, hors d'oeuvres, and hot or cold beverages, depending on the weather. Chris's favorite outings combine e-biking with rock climbing in a single day. His most popular itinerary features two to three hours of e-biking to reach the Yosemite Boulder Farm, followed by an equal amount of climbing time.
A Talented Journalist and Passionate Guide
In addition to offering e-biking tours and guiding at the Yosemite Boulder Farm, Chris is an accomplished journalist whose work has been published in outlets like Red Bull, Men's Journal, and Outside. Discover more of his articles at chrisvanleuven.com.