We are working on the details for some of these trips. As we have more information it will be posted, here. More trips may be added.
Fishing Grassy Lake

July 29-Aug 5, 2017
8 days
Explore Sequoia National Park's sub-alpine splendor by visiting Wallace Creek, Crabtree Meadows and the Miter Basin. Start at Horseshoe Meadows and hike over Cottonwood Pass to Big Whitney Meadows. Head north over Siberian Pass to Lower Rock, Crabtree Meadows and Wallace Creek. The trip heads back to Upper Rock Creek with a layover day to hike into the Miter Basin or climb Mt. Langley. Exit over the PCT and Cottonwood Pass or New Army Pass.

Horseshoe Meadow to Horseshoe Meadow
August 4-10, 2017
7 days
Join a group of seasoned hikers that are going to climb Mt. Whitney. This private group of women invite others to join them on their annual Sierra hike. If you want to sign up we'll give your contact information to Ophelia who is leading this fun adventure.
Please email your contact information to us. We will see that the trip organizer receives it.

August 15-20, 2017
6 days
This trip takes you through a beautiful, remote section of Yosemite National Park. Click HERE for a detailed description of the trip.
Itinerary subject to change. Most likely Mule and Burro Pass will be closed. The alternate itineraries are going from Virginia Canyon as far north as Miller Lake and then heading south to Tuolumne.

August 20-25, 2017
6 days
Experience the beauty of countless granite peaks, streams, lakes and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. The route crosses Mono, Silver and Duck passes before dropping into the Mammoth Basin. You will have the opportunity for trout fishing mornings, evenings and on the layover day. Click HERE for a detailed description of the trip.

Rock Creek to Pine Creek
August 22-28, 2017
7 days
$2000 (approx)
This seven day trip covers the Mono Creek, Bear Creek and Piute Creek areas of the John Muir Wilderness. We have a private group looking for others to join them on this outstanding itinerary. The trip will cost about $2,000. Great for those that enjoy a good ten to twelve mile hike per day. If you want to join the trip we will pass your contact information to the trip's organizer.
Click HERE to see a detailed description of the trip.
Please email your contact information to us. We will see that the trip organizer receives it.

All-inclusive Hiking with pack stock support
Operated by Rock Creek Pack Station
Two Sections:
August 27-Sept 1, 2017 THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT. Please see Sept 2-7.
September 2-7, 2017
Horseshoe Meadow to Horseshoe Meadows
6 days

More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness Look here for trip details.

The John Muir Trail with Mule Support, Sierra Mountain Center
10 days
August 16-25, 2017
This trip is conducted by the Sierra Mountain Center,working with Rock Creek Pack Station. This trip is the second stage of four stages, to traverse the John Muir trail from Cottonwood to Tuolumne. To see more details and to sign up for this trip, please go to this link Sierra Mountain Center -- The John Muir Trail with Mule Support .

The John Muir Trail
John Muir/Ansel Adams Wilderness
Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
30 days
September 2 - October 1, 2017
Horseshoe Meadows to Happy Isles
Complete the John Muir Trail from Horseshoe meadow (near Lone Pine) to Happy Isles. Several layover days allow for time to rest and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada.
Look here for trip details.

Horseshoe Meadow to South Lake/Bishop Pass

15 Days
Sept 2-16, 2017
$3600 (plus 2% and 8% fees)
Starting at Horseshoe Meadows start the hike north on the PCT. Summit Mt. Whitney. Route covers the highlights of Kings Canyon National Park. Indian Summer is the ideal time to experience the Sierra. The trip ends with the last night in Dusy Basin before heading out Bishop Pass to South Lake .
Look here for trip details.

September 8-15, 2017
8 days
Offered through Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit
We will meet at Mono Village parking lot at 7am on June 22. Breakfast will be provided.
Go Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit Reservations to submit a reservation.

Operated by Rock Creek Pack Station
8 Days
Look here for trip details.


We have several private groups willing to add hikers to their private trips that cover the John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon National Park. This is mountain travel for the hiker who wants to enjoy the wilderness for longer than his or her back can carry the needed supplies! We prepare your food and packers break camp and move the gear to a pre-arranged spot each day. Guests may bring 30 lbs of personal gear (includes sleeping bag) and we provide the tents, toilet, camp chairs, tables, meals and staff for your travel in the wilderness. Join other hikers on open hiking trips or form your own group for an all-inclusive private custom trip. We provide sample menus and itineraries for your approval.

We can help you create a personal route, custom menu and ideal wilderness adventure. Call or email us to discuss your schedule and preferred itinerary.

Let us put together an custom hiking trip that fits your schedule and interests, and allows you to meet and hike with others. If you have a particular section of the John Muir Trail that you want to hike…please let us know. We offer private trips from the Onion Valley and Bishop Pass trailheads.

If you don't have the time or desire to hike the entire JMT in one trip can provide all inclusive custom trips that cover segments. Cottonwood to Onion Valley, Onion Valley to Bishop Pass, Bishop Pass to Red’s Meadow or Red’s Meadow to Yosemite are segments available to you. The Halfmile's PCT Maps offer a free map of the John Muir Trail. Look at the "California Section H" map. It covers Cottonwood to Tuolumne.

Pricing for all-inclusive private custom trip is shown in the table below.
Per person per day
Please note, the following fees are per person:
$15.00 monitoring fee, $5 wilderness permit reservation fee,
3% outfitters fee, and 8% regulatory fee.
9 to 12 persons $240
5 to 8 persons $260

If you would like to have your gear dropped at a campsite, while you hike in, we can accomodate you! Our DUNNAGE option may be exactly what you need. Have a look at the video slide show one of our guests created!

If you would like to include some riders in your group, or you would like to hire stock and a packer, but provide your own food and cook for yourself, please review these options: All-EXPENSE PACK TRIP and CONTINUOUS HIRE OF STOCK & PACKER.

Or these options might be of interest: PRIVATE CUSTOM HIKING TRIPS and SPOT TRIPS.

Here's what one of our repeat-guests has to say about her travels with Rock Creek Pack Station: "As a former backpacker, it embarrassed me at first to have to rely on pack animals to carry my gear, but my joints wouldn't allow me the pride of independence. What I found, though, is the crews have a love for the mountain that equals my own and they take much better care of the environment than any backpacker I've hiked with. All trash packed out, deep pits are dug for the latrines, the ashes from fire are buried, and the pine needles are scattered so there is no evidence we were there. They truly left only footprints behind." --G. H., CALIFORNIA, 2005

Here is a description of hiking with pack stock from a frequent guest:
The smell of fresh coffee on a wood fired stove; the muffled sound of mules munching their morning grain; quiet words of reassurance as the packers groom and tack the stock in preparation for the day's move. That is the alarm clock that awakens you to a new morning of hiking with pack stock. You pack up your duffle and take down your tent between sips of fresh hot coffee (or tea/cocoa)...more

Call us TODAY at 760-872-8331 for a quick response to your questions.
You can email us, also.

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Rock Creek Pack Station, Inc operates under permit on the Inyo National Forest.
All Trail Rides and Packing Schools are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 2% USFS fee.
Horse Drives and Mustang Trips are are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 3% USFS fee.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2017
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