Sierras - Wilderness Trips
California USA: (RTCA10)
Take a week, pack up, and really get away from it all. Join us on a week-long pack trip into the Eastern High Sierras of California. On horseback we will explore regions of the Sierras like the John Muir Wilderness, the Ansel Adams Wilderness or Mount Whitney. Explore, relax, fish a bit, talk about nothing or everything around the campfire - just be you for a while.
Our riding excursions will explore the vast areas of the John Muir Wilderness throughout the summer. This is a land of snow-capped mountains with hundreds of lakes and streams and beautiful meadows. Elevations range from 4,000 to 14,496 ft. Lower elevations slopes are covered with stands of Jeffrey Pine, incense cedar, white and red fir and lodgepole pine. The higher elevations are barren granite with many glacially carved lakes.
Other rides will be in the Mount Whitney area. Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The peak lies within the John Muir Wilderness and the Sequoia National Park Wilderness. These areas were set aside by Congress and the President to provide opportunities for solitude and unconfined, primitive types of recreation. Wilderness areas are places where the earth and its communities of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.
Or chose to explore the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Ansel Adams is characterized by spectacular alpine scenery with barren granite peaks, steep-walled gorges and rock outcroppings. Elevations range from 3,500 feet to 13,157 feet and there are several small glaciers on the north and northeast facing slopes of the highest peaks. The Ansel Adams Wilderness contains the headwaters of the North and Middle Forks of the San Joaquin River.
We supply horses, saddles, food, kitchen and eating utensils, and camping equipment.
We have a wide variety of tents, please let us know what type you prefer (ie: 1 person, double, triple, etc.)
Food will be plentiful and deluxe in quality. We provide the preparation of meals; any help is appreciated but not mandatory. Those desiring to learn how to pack may participate in making up loads and packing the mules.
Arrival in the morning of Day 1. Most rides start at 7:30 AM and end around 4 PM on the last day. A van meets us to take us back to the pack station. Generally we arrive back at Rock Creek around 5 PM.
You should make arrangements for an extra overnight before the trip.
7 day trip, AP Mt.Whitney Trail from Horseshoe Meadow
From Horseshoe Meadow - Pack your tackle for the ultimate Golden trout fishing adventure. Experience the subalpine beauty of Sequoia National Park with camps at Tyndal Creek, Wallace Creek, Crabtree Meadows and Rock Creek. Layover day at Crabtree gives you easy access to climb to the top of Mt. Whitney.
6 day trip, AP Triple Pass Trail
Rock Creek to Mammoth Experience the beauty of countless streams, lakes and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Route covers a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and crosses Mono, Silver and Duck passes. Opportunity for trout fishing mornings, evenings and on two layover days. Side trips planned to Hopkins Lake and Grassy Lake.
Note: This trip will move to the Golden Trout Wilderness, if there is a delay in getting over Mono Pass in 2011.
8 day trip, AP Giant Loop Trail
Golden Trout Wilderness /Sequoia National Park
unique loop of the Sequoia National Park through the high country near
Mt. Whitney and exploring the remote Kern Canyon. Riders take the
Pacific Crest Trail north to Rock Creek, Crabtree Meadows and Wallace
Creek. We ride down to the Kern River and head south alongside the Kern
River. The last two days are climbing out of the Kern Canyon and riding
through the beautiful meadows of the Golden Trout Wilderness.
7 day trip, AP Lake of the Lone Indian from Rock Creek
This seven-day trail ride goes through the most remote areas of Fish Creek and Mono Creek backcountry. Trip itinerary includes Mono Pass, Silver Pass and Jackson Meadow. Several layover days allow riders to further explore the surrounding lakes and meadows — Peter Pande, Wilbur May, Grassy, and Olive lakes.
7 day trip, AP Wallace Creek Trail
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
Pack your tackle for the ultimate Golden Trout fishing adventure. Experience the beauty of Sequoia National Park with camps at Wallace Creek and Rock Creek. Three layover days in remote Wallace Creek gives opportunity for unsurpassed fishing in Wallace Lake and the Wright Lakes Basin.
7 day trip, AP Ansel Adams - Yosemite
We explore the lakes, meadows and streams beneath the majestic spires of the Minarets and Mt. Ritter and Banner for the first part of our trip. Thousand Island and Garnet Lakes are among the most beautiful lakes on the Muir Trail. The last few days we explore Lyell Canyon and visit the alpine meadows and lakes near Vogelsang.
8 day trip, AP Northern Yosemite
Start from Tuolumne - Ride north on the Pacific Crest Trail to visit the treasures of the Yosemite Wilderness. McCabe Lakes, Matterhorn Canyon, Smedberg Lake, Benson Lake and Kerrick Canyon are highlights of this journey.
Note: Please note that this trip MAY have to originate and terminate at Tuolumne - depending on snow loads over the pass.
7 day trip, AP Professional Packing School
June (Packing Fundamentals) , July (Advanced Packing) and September (John Muir) dates
June: Backcountry itinerary at Tamarack/Hilton with emphasis on mastering hitches, packing techniques and management of livestock and people to minimize impact on wilderness. Meet in Rock Creek
July: Meet at Horseshoe Meadows—a six day traveling educational pack trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness. Emphasis on moving camps, wrangling and feeding livestock on the extended wilderness pack trip.
September: Master packing and outfitting skills in this September course on a six-day pack trip into Mono Creek. Emphasis on wrangling and moving camp daily to improve packing skills. This fall session will be an ideal course for those who have completed UC packing courses, Backcountry Horseman seminars and introductory packing clinics.
Rates and Dates for Sierras - Wilderness Trips
Tent accommodations, meals, guided pack trip
Tax 1: 10 %
Tax 2: 15 %
Tax: 10 %
additional Tax: 15 %
Transfer and Other Options:
Transfer from Mammoth Lakes airport to Rock Creek per group / one way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Transfer from Mammoth Lakes airport to Bishop per group / one way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Rates do not include:
Sleeping bag and ground mat.
Meeting: Rock Creek
Airport: Mammoth Lakes / Reno
Transfer: Rock Creek- best to rent a car
What To Bring: Bring
belongings in stout canvas or nylon duffel; side zipper recommended,
ideal size approximately 14" x 32". It is a good idea to use a large plastic bag
INSIDE of the duffle to protect contents from external moisture.
Sleeping bags can be in separate duffel --again, line the inside of the duffel
Place all cosmetics, soaps, medications, etc into small plastic containers with
close-fitting caps, THEN into sturdy reseal able plastic storage bags. If
anything breaks or bursts from altitude changes, the plastic bag contains the
When possible, it is a good idea to transfer alcoholic beverages to sturdy
plastic bottles with well fitting caps - it will save weight and protect against
Check in fishing worms and bottle goods separately; don't put in duffel. Place
fishing rods in metal or plastic cases.
You will be given a small saddle bag that goes on your saddle horn to carry your
lunch and a few personal items. (Weight limit 3 lbs - including lunch).
- try to minimize the weight of your luggage by packing only the amount of any
item you will need (like soaps, lotions and medications).
Sleeping bag with a comfort range of 20 to 60 degrees and a moisture proof
mattress or small 1/4"-1/2" foam hip pad recommended - your night's rest
will affect your next days enjoyment. Bring the best sleeping pad you can
Broad-brimmed hat is essential for protection from sun at high altitude. It
must have strings to keep from blowing off.
Sunglasses (RX glasses) - high altitude sun is BRIGHT!
Coffee mug (plastic for camp)
water bottle for your horn bag
Pocket knife or small multi-tool
Flashlight and extra batteries
Camera and film (sturdy strap)-- if using digital - don't forget an extra
battery and card
jackets and pants or slicker (rolled up you can tie them to the back of your
protector (to keep your hat dry)
or fleece pullover/sweater (layers will keep you comfortable)
Woollen cap (evenings can be cold)
Gloves (recommend gloves for riding, may want warm gloves for evenings)
for camp (moccasins, athletic shoes, etc)
Shirts and pants (long sleeved shirts offer sun, bug and branch protection)
towel/wash cloth/soap (try a multi-use bar or liquid for use on hair, body
and laundry. Biodegradable choices are available.)
Insect repellent such as Cutters
comb/brush clips/pins/ponytail holders
Shaving kit (a small mirror is helpful)
Screen (lotion, cream or stick)- use liberally for sunburn and chapping
stick with sun protection SPF 15 or better
Moisturizer (cream or lotion - altitude and sun can be dry and chap skin)
Prescription medicine (if required - if you have any allergies, remember to
bring appropriate medication)
Band-aids, aspirin, ibuprofen, eye drops, moleskin for any blisters
powder/Talcum powder (helps to relieve any raw or irritated areas from
boots, clothes or saddles)
Jogging suit (sweats are comfortable for after-swim and campfire lounging)
notepad and pencil
Collapsible plastic wash basin (optional)
filtering pump (optional)
Liquor- not provided. Bring your own. (be sure to check in with the packers
to see that your liquor is packed safely)
There is no way to cool it except the lake!
Has to be included in the 30 lbs weight limit per person.
Fishing equipment (optional)
Rod/reel/line (a rod that breaks down into 3 or more pieces is
Compact metal rod case to carry on saddle
Canvas creel (no tackle boxes)
Leader material (1-3 lb.)
Flies: black gnat, mosquito, grey hackle, brown hackle, & royal coachman
(No. 12-14 hooks)
Bait: worms & Pautzke red eggs
Egg hooks, worm hooks (No. 10-14)
Lures (personal choice)