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WILDERNESS PERMITS for our guests are issued from our commercial quota, NOT from the general public quota.


Pioneer Basin at First Lake

You are taken by horseback, and your gear and provisions by pack animal to a desirable campsite on a lake or stream. The stock and packer return for you on a predetermined date. Your length of stay does not affect the charges. You furnish your own camp gear and food.

Rates are per person. Includes packers, horses and mules for the round trip*
LOCATION # of people Area Description
  2 3 4+  
Hilton Lakes, Dorothy Lake & Little Lakes Valley
$900 $800 $750 HILTON LAKES: Trail time: 2-3 hours to any of five lakes over an easy trial through forest and meadow. Recommended for families with young children and novice wilderness travelers. Wonderful areas to camp by either lake or stream on dry benches with sheltering timber, good water and firewood along with good fishing for Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout. Lakes one through nine offer scenery from heavy forest (lakes one and two) to remote glacial stone (upper lakes seven to nine), interspersed with lively streams and lush meadows.
4th Recess, Gold Creek
$1100 $1000 $ 900  
Confluence of 4th Recess and Gold Creeks to Third Recess & Pioneer #1 $1200 $1100 $1000 PIONEER BASIN: Trail time: 5 hours to a centrally located camp within easy distance of six lakes. Golden, Rainbow and Brook trout in both lake and stream. Reached via Mono Pass Trail, crossing the summit at 12,000 feet. A primitive, unspoiled country with ample space for privacy and solitude. Shallow, sun-warmed pools for bathing or swimming. Excellent deer hunting.
Hopkins Basin & Mono Creek to Second Recess
$1300 $1200 $1100 HOPKINS BASIN: Trail time: 5 1/2-6 1/2 hours, reached via Mono Pass Trail. Beautiful and remote with alternating forests and meadows. Unlimited locations for comfortable camps on Hopkins Creek or Lower Hopkins Lake, situated in a pristine side basin with meadows to the lake's edge on one side, and timber to the water's edge on the other. A favorite of those who seek complete isolation. Golden, Rainbow and Brook trout (some trophy size). Excellent deer hunting in season.
Tyndal Creek, Upper Kern, Bench Lk, Woods Creek * $7500 $4500 $4000 * This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station as Mt. Whitney Pack Trails and includes trucking of livestock to roadheads.

Map of Mono Creek Area

The Forest Service limits pack stock by a 1:1.5 stock-to-person ratio. Spot trip rate will include mules up to the limit allowed in the roundtrip fee.
Number of
Number of
Allowable Pack
1 1
2 &3 2
4 3
5 & 6 4
7 5
8 & 9 6
10 7
11 & 12 8
13 9
14 & 15 10

Information on "Trail ride, All Expense and Base Camp Trips General Info" applies to riders on spot trips with the exception of item #3 (we only serve breakfast to trail ride, base camp and all-expense trip guests) and item #7 regarding dunnage limit. Read reservation policy on page 22.

People organizing spot trips should send our brochure to others going on the trip to familiarize them with Rock Creek's policies.

Please have gear at pack station at 7am.

We provide wilderness permits for our guests.

We rent aluminum BEAR-PROOF BOXES 12"x20"x22.5" for $8/day.
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1. 7 a.m. arrival at pack station requested unless advised otherwise. Breakfast available at lodge or resort while mules are being loaded.

2. Sleeping bags should be rolled tightly (long way) and personal items should be brought in duffel or safari bags securely fastened so they won't leak on the trail.

3. Axes and saws should have sheath or cardboard around blade.

4. Fishing rods must be in metal or stout cases with secure ends.

5. Tent poles should be reduced to shortest size bundle possibleand securely tied so poles won't slip out.

6. Release pressure in lanterns and stoves and fill square gas cans about 1" from top. Turn upside down to check for leaks.

7. Our pack boxes are about 24" x 10" x 15" deep (inside measure).

8. If you have your own pack boxes, pack tightly and in pairs equally balanced between 50 and 60 lbs.

9. No improved campsites in wilderness; each party must bring own grill, stove and tables.

10. Bring canned and bottled goods separated from soft packaged items and perishables. Leave eggs in grocers cartons.


1. Make menu for each day of trip-this can include fresh meat for first few days. Most fruits and vegetables will keep ten days or more. Many people crave sweets more when in the mountains.

2. Prepare exact shopping list of quantities indicated by your menu. Don't forget to provide for your packer for the time he is with you.

Kitchen supplies will depend on menu you prepare. Many of your kitchen supplies can be packed in one or two square 5 gallon tins which will serve as water bucket and dishpan. If tins are packed to 25 or 30 lbs., we need not disturb contents.


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 are are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 3% USFS fee.
Mustang Trips are are subject to a 3% USFS fee.
Trips traveling in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are subject to an additional 3% park use fee.

NOTICE: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDAs TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

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Last Updated:June 8, 2024
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