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2024
WILDERNESS PERMITS for our guests are issued from our commercial quota, NOT from the general public quota.

A trail ride is a horseback adventure that includes camping in the wilderness. We furnish stock, horse tack, packers, a cook, food and camping equipment and tents. You are responsible for your own sleeping bag, mattress, clothing and personal items. For a full list of personal items, please look HERE.

MUSTANG TRIPS.

SPRING and FALL HORSE DRIVES.

PARENT/CHILD TRIPS.

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOLS.

SPRING HORSE DRIVE
Inyo National Forest/LADWP Land
4 days
June 14-18, 2024
$1850
Independence to Rock Creek
Space is LIMITED to 25 guests
Join us in herding the horses and mules from winter pasture in the Owens Valley to the high elevation Pack Station. ... more info
You do not have to be an expert rider but should have some time in the saddle.
For a more detailed description of the Spring and Fall Horse Drives
click here


DAVIS/HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #1
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
June 20-23, 2024
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1155
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. ... more info
On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 21-23, 2024
June 28-30, 2024
July 5-7, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
August 23-25, 2024 (to East Fork)
Start and End at Rock Creek
$875
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. ... more info
Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #1
Packing Fundamentals

6 days
June 24-29, 2024
$1800
Meet at Rock Creek Pack Station
Backcountry itinerary at Tamarack/Hilton with emphasis on mastering hitches, packing techniques ... more info
and management of livestock and people to minimize impact on wilderness.
For a more detailed description of our Professional Packing School courses click here.


GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE #1 and #2
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
5 days
June 24-28, 2024 and
July 8-12, 2024
$1425
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
The route begins at Horseshoe and continues to South Fork Kern, ... more info
then travels to our campsite Golden Trout Creek below Tunnel Meadows. Layover days allow for rides to Little Whitney Meadows, South Fork of the Kern in Templeton/Ramshaw Meadows and options to ride to Kern Peak and Big Whitney Meadows.
Excellent fishing for Golden Trout.
We will terminate at Horseshoe Meadows. More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


DAVIS/HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #2
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
June 27-30, 2024
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1155
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. ... more info
On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 21-23, 2024
June 28-30, 2024
July 5-7, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
August 23-25, 2024 (to East Fork)
Start and End at Rock Creek
$875
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. ... more info
Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #2
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
6 days
July 1-6, 2024
$1800
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Meet at Horseshoe Meadows to begin your six day traveling educational pack trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness
Emphasis on moving camps, ... more info
wrangling and feeding livestock on the extended wilderness pack trip.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 21-23, 2024
June 28-30, 2024
July 5-7, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
August 23-25, 2024 (to East Fork)
Start and End at Rock Creek
$875
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. ... more info
Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL
John Muir Wilderness
4 days
July 4-7, 2024
$1200
Start and End at Rock Creek
Celebrate the 4th of July by starting out on a four-day trail ride to Davis Lake or Lake #2. Fishing is great, and there are day rides to Turk Meadows, Lower Hilton Creek and the Upper Hilton Lakes.
For a more detailed description of Fourth of July Special Trail Ride click here.


MULKEY MEADOWS TRAIL RIDE
4 days
July 4-7, 2024
$1200
4 Days
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Explore the Golden Trout Wilderness with a loop heading over Trail Pass into the meadows and stringers of the Kern Plateau. This is a secluded wilderness area with vast meadows and trails to explore. ... more info
Day 1: Cottonwood Pack Station to Kern Peak Stringer
Day 2: Layover - ride to Little Whitney Meadows
Day 3: Layover -ride to Templeton Meadows
Day 4: Out to Cottonwood.
For a detailed description of the Mulkey Meadows Trail Ride click here.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness.


DAVIS/HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #3
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
July 11-14, 2024
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1155
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. ... more info
On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 21-23, 2024
June 28-30, 2024
July 5-7, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
August 23-25, 2024 (to East Fork)
Start and End at Rock Creek
$875
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. ... more info
Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


COTTONWOOD LAKE TRAIL RIDE
4 days
July 13-16, 2024
$1250
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Depart from Horseshoe Meadows
Meet at Horseshoe Meadow and travel to our camp at Cottonwood Lake.
We will have day rides from the camp. Return to Horseshoe.
OUTSTANDING GOLDEN TROUT FISHING.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


KERN PEAK TRAIL RIDE
6 Days
July 14-19, 2024
$1900
Start and end at Cottonwood Pack Station
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Explore the Golden Trout Wilderness with a loop heading over Trail Pass into the meadows and stringers of the Kern Plateau. ... more info
This is a secluded wilderness area with vast meadows and trails to explore. We make a loop with camps at Little Whitney and Big Whitney Meadows crossing both Barringer and Cottonwood Passes. Trails are good. A great trip for those that enjoy riding and seeing lots of new country every day. For a more detailed description of the Kern Peak Trail Ride, click here.


WINCHESTER TRAIL RIDE
Join those who enjoy riding and angling for Golden Trout on this loop throughthe Golden Trout Wilderness.
July 20-26, 2024
6 days $2200
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains. Explore meadows and streams during the peak wildflower season.
... more info
We camp near creeks that comprise the native habitat of the golden trout, providing ample opportunity for anglers to catch these beautiful fish.
Day 1: Cottonwood Pack Station to Kern Peak Stringer
Day 2: Layover
Day 3: To Little Whitney Meadows
Day 4: Layover
Day 5: To Big Whitney Meadows
Day 6: Out to Cottonwood Pack Station


TRIPLE PASS TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 21-26, 2024
$2750
Rock Creek to Mammoth
Experience the beauty of countless streams, lakes and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. ... more info
Route covers a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and crosses Mono, Silver and Duck Passes. Opportunity for trout fishing - mornings, evenings and two layover days. Side trips planned to Hopkins Lake and Grassy Lake.


MT. WHITNEY TRAIL RIDE
Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 21-26, 2024
$2750
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
Pack your tackle for the ultimate Golden trout fishing adventure. ... more info
Experience the subalpine beauty of Sequoia National Park with camps at Tyndal Creek, Wallace Creek, Crabtree Meadows and Rock Creek.
Planned itinerary:
Day 1: Horseshoe Meadow to Lower Rock Creek
Day 2: Layover
Day 3: Lower Rock Creek to Guitar Lake
Day 4: Option to climb Mt. Whitney and back to Crabtree/Sandy Meadow
Day 5: To Rock Creek
Day 6: Out to Horseshoe Meadow
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
Rock Creek to Tuolumne
10 days
July 28 - August 6, 2024
$3850
Rock Creek to Tuolumne Meadows
Explore over 100 miles of the John Muir-Pacific Crest Trail through wildflower-blanketed valleys, alpine lakes and forested campsites. ... more info
Opportunity for Golden, Rainbow and Brook trout fishing. The wildlife, glaciers and majestic peaks over 13,000 feet made this John Muir's favorite backcountry, his range of light. We will ride over Mono Pass and join the John Muir Trail before crossing Silver Pass. Continuing on past countless lakes, we skirt the mammoth Divide, permitting stirring views of Cascade Valley and Fish Creek, to descend to the base of the Minarets. Journey past Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner before climbing to Donohue Pass, the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our last camp is in the Lyell Canyon. We explore what some call the most majestic meadows in the Sierra in our last day's ride.
More information on the Yosemite Trail Ride.


NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA
Golden Trout Wilderness
5 days
July 29-Aug 2, 2024
$1850
Start and end at Cottonwood Pack Station
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Immerse yourself in the Natural History of the Sierra Nevada.
Join Fulbright Scholar and retired National Park Ranger Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham for a once in a lifetime chance to learn all about these mountains and the nature within them. ... more info
We will explore the night sky in the truly dark skies of the backcountry. We will learn about animal adaptations, birds and mammals; Sierra geology, glaciation, and weather; dendrochronology (the science of tree-ring dating), the mixed conifer and alpine forests, wildflowers, fire ecology; and indigenous people through time. Bring binoculars, cameras and your sense of wonder.
Look here for trip details.


HIGH SIERRA ON HORSEBACK PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
PIONEER BASIN
5 days
Session 1: July 30 - August 3, 2024
Session 2: August 5-9, 2024
$2,973
Start and end at Rock Creek
This is a beautiful area to explore! Bring your camera and work with photographer Ken Lee to improve your skills. ... more info
In Ken's words: "Get ready for 5 days of intensive photography education, inspiration and practice in the heart of the spectacular Sierra Nevada! Our destination is Pioneer Basin, one of the most scenic settings in what John Muir aptly named The Range of Light. Truly a photographer's paradise, this remote location is not so easy to access. Fortunately, we will have our equine companions to help us with the heavy lifting as we ride into this magnificent alpine environment. Alpenglow, Golden Hour, Blue Hour - these are the conditions that produce portfolio images. Therefore, our days will start early and end late but there will be plenty of time in between to explore or just soak in your surroundings and appreciate the sheer beauty of unspoiled nature. Your level of photography experience is not as important as your desire to grow your image making abilities."
For more information on this trip or to SIGN UP, please go to Ken Lee's website .


VIRGINIA LAKES TO TUOLUMNE MEADOWS TRAIL RIDE
Starts at Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit ends at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite
6 days
August 7-12, 2024
$2,400
This trip is operated by Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit.
Explore the unseen Yosemite during the peak wildflower bloom. Join others that share a love of the backcountry, fishing and sharing stories around the campfire. A unique opportunity to experience secluded wilderness and ride through the majestic meadows of the Park. ... more info
Virginia Lakes to Virginia Canyon Virginia Canyon to Miller Lake Miller Lake to McCabe Lake McCabe Lake to Glen Aulin Out to Tuolomne Meadows
More information on the Virginia Lakes to Tuolumne Trail Ride.


NORTHERN YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
7 days
August 17-23, 2024
$2800
Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes
Ride north on the Pacific Crest Trail to visit the treasures of the Yosemite Wilderness. Matterhorn Canyon, Smedberg Lake, Benson Lake and Kerrick Canyon are highlights of this journey. See amazing views of the Hoover Lakes Basin. ... more info

Meeting Place: Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit (near Bridgeport, CA) For a more detailed description of the Northern Yosemite Trail Ride click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 21-23, 2024
June 28-30, 2024
July 5-7, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
August 23-25, 2024 (to East Fork)
Start and End at Rock Creek
$875
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. ... more info
Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


LABOR DAY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
August 31-September 2, 2024
$825
Start and End at Rock Creek
A leisurely trail ride to the lakes and streams of the East Fork of Rock Creek. ... more info
Our camp at Dorothy Lake provides easy access to Catherine, Buck, Francis, Deer and Dam lakes. The Tamarack Basin provides alternating forest, meadows and streams - ideal for those seeking wilderness seculsion without a long ride to camp.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 7-12, 2024
$1800
Start and End at Rock Creek
Master packing, outfitting, and wrangling skills. ... more info
In this a six-day pack trip into Mono Creek you will spend time mastering your packing and outfitting skills. 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.
For a more detailed description of our Professional Packing School courses click here.

FALL HORSE DRIVE
Inyo National Forest/LADWP Land
4 days
September 14-17, 2024
$1850
Rock Creek to Independence
Space is LIMITED to 25 guests
Join us in herding the horses and mules to winter pasture in the Owens Valley. ... more info
You do not have to be an expert rider but should have some time in the saddle. Beautiful time of year to ride.
For a more detailed description of the Spring and Fall Horse Drives click here

FALL COLOR TRAIL RIDES #1 and #2,
Start and End at Rock Creek
3 days
September 21-23, 2024 (#1)
and September 28-30, 2024 (#2) $990
A leisurely trail ride to the lakes and streams of the East Fork of Rock Creek. ... more info
Our camp provides easy access to Catherine, Buck, Francis, Deer and Dam lakes. The Tamarack Basin provides alternating forest, meadows and streams - ideal for those seeking wilderness seculsion without a long ride to camp.

FALL COLORS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AND PACK TRIP
Start and End at Rock Creek, Lower Corral
4 days
October 1-4, 2024
$2340
This is an intensive 4 day photography adventure. October 1 - Oct 4, 2024 The John Muir Wilderness provides wonderful subject matter and conditions (Alpenglow, Golden Hour, Blue Hour) to afford us the opportunity to produce portfolio images. ... more info
Your level of photography experience is not as important as your desire to practice and grow your image making abilities.
For more information on this trip go to: Ken Lee's website.
NOTE: All signups must be made directly through Ken Lee's site at artofseeing.com.


ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAMS
Please go to
the ROAD SCHOLAR website to review and reserve trips offered by Road Scholar and supported by Rock Creek, Cottonwood and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains. The list of trips dates and price are listed, below. ... more info

Jun 9-13, 2024, $2,099
Starts in Bishop and takes place near Benton, CA, focused on wild mustangs.

Jul 7- 11, 2024 $2,099
Starts in Lone Pine and takes places in the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Aug 25-29, 2024 $2,099
Starts in Bishop and takes place in the John Muir Wilderness.

Sep 15-19, 2024 $2,099
Starts in Bishop and takes place in the John Muir Wilderness.




JMT

Flowers
Mt. Whitney Trail Ride




Packing School

Packing School - Vet Ed.
Flowers




Dorothy Lake
Call us TODAY at 760-872-8331 for a quick response to your questions.
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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.


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Last Updated: April 12, 2024
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