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Dates for 2019
(Please Note that all scheduled trips are subject to Forest Service and Park approval of the 2019 operating plans.)
Trips will be updated/added, as they are scheduled.
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, 2019
$1250
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. 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


HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
June 20-23, 2019
Start and End at Rock Creek
$795
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. 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, 2019
also offered
June 28-30, 2019
July 5-7, 2019
Start and End at Rock Creek
$575
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. 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.


GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE
5 days
June 24-28, 2019
$995
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
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, then travel 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. We will terminate at Horseshoe Meadows.
Excellent fishing for Golden Trout.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #1
Packing Fundamentals

6 days
June 24-29, 2019
$1150
Meet at Rock Creek Pack Station
Backcountry itinerary at Tamarack/Hilton with emphasis on mastering hitches, packing techniques and management of livestock and people to minimize impact on wilderness.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 28-30, 2019
also offered
June 21-23, 2019
July 5-7, 2019
Start and End at Rock Creek
$575
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. 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
June 30-July 5, 2019
$1150
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
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.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL
John Muir Wilderness
4 days
July 4-7, 2019
$695
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.

KERN PEAK TRAIL RIDE
4 days
July 4-7, 2019
$795
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 on Golden Trout Creek or Kern Peak Stringer.
We will have day rides to the top of Kern Peak and to Little Whitney Meadows. Return to Horseshoe.
OUTSTANDING GOLDEN TROUT FISHING.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
July 5-7, 2019
also offered
June 28-30, 2019
June 21-23, 2019
Start and End at Rock Creek
$575
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. 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.


NATIVE GOLDEN TROUT LOOP
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 7-12, 2019
$1350
Departs from Horseshoe Meadow
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Discover what a vacation was meant to be on this six-day trail ride. Ample riding each day with time to fish, hike or relax in camp. The trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness will travel to Kern Peak Stringer, Little Whitney Meadows and Big Whitney Meadows.
More information on the Native Golden Trout Loop.

General information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


KERN RIVER GOLDEN TROUT HERITAGE TRAIL RIDE
7 Days
July 7-13, 2019
$1750
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day pack trip provides a unique opportunity for both novice and experienced anglers to enjoy some of the best fly fishing the High Sierra has to offer. Guests travel by horseback into remote areas of the Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia National Park to fish for isolated species of Golden Trout and Kern River Rainbows.
For detailed information please click HERE.


VETERINARY CARE AND HORSEPACKING IN THE WILDERNESS
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
University Extension, UC Davis
7 days
July 14-20, 2019
$1625
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day, deluxe pack trip has been acclaimed as an outstanding adventure and educational experience.
Topics will include: •Wilderness conduct of people
•Trail riding safety and horse equipment
•Methods of feeding livestock in the backcountry
•Management of livestock
•Preventative medicine
•Evaluating the normal horse
•Treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness
•Packing equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches and leading strings of mules
•Veterinary skills including physical examination, floating teeth, intramuscular/IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses
•Shoeing
INSTRUCTORS:
Janet Roser, Ph.D., is a professor with the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis.She directs and teaches the equine program and carries out research in the area of hormone regulation of reproductive function in the stallion and mare.
Craig London, D.V.M., is owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains in the southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He practices veterinary medicine in Bishop and has taught many UC Davis Extension courses on veterinary care and wilderness horsepacking.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness
Call UC Davis University Extension at 1-800-752-0881 to enroll or go to this link for more information.


JOHN MUIR TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
5 days
July 15-19, 2019
$1125
Start and end at Rock Creek
This is a leisurely trip with a base camp near Mono Creek and Hopkins. Travel through scenic subalpine basins and enjoy a forested camp every night beneath the stars. An excellent introductory trail ride for first-time guests or those with only a few days vacation. The wildflowers are in full bloom and hopefully we will see deer, marmots, coyotes and a multitude of High Sierra birds.

HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE 2
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
July 18-21, 2019
Start and End at Rock Creek
$795
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.


TRIPLE PASS TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 21-26, 2019
$1390
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 two layover days. Side trips planned to Hopkins Lake and Grassy Lake.
For more information click HERE


NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA
John Muir Wilderness
5 days
July 22-26, 2019
$1485
Start and end at Horseshoe Meadows
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. We will explore the night sky in the truly dark skies of the backcountry. We’ll 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.


YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
John Muir/Ansel Adams/Yosemite Wilderness
10 days
July 28-August 6, 2019
$2500
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. 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. (Take a look at Greg Conte's photography for some great shots of the Silver Pass area.)
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.


VIRGINIA LAKES TO TUOLUMNE MEADOWS TRAIL RIDE
5 days
July 29-August 2, 2019
$1500
Virginia Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows
Experience a section of Yosemite National Park that few visitors see. You will enter Yosemite from the east side of the Sierra, at Virginia Lakes, to cross the Sierra Crest into Yosemite National Park. Your path will lead you past expansive views, powerful waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense pine forests, and lush meadows as you travel through the granite peaks and glacial valleys of northern Yosemite. Three of the six days are layover days to allow day trips to Miller Lake, McCabe Lakes, and Waterwheel Falls.
More information on the VIRGINIA LAKES TO TUOLUMNE MEADOWS TRAIL RIDE.


LAKE OF THE LONE INDIAN TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
7 Days
August 4-10, 2019
$1680
Rock Creek to Mammoth
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.

(Take a look at Greg Conte's photography for some great shots of the Silver Pass area.)
For a more detailed description of the Lake of the Lone Indian Trail Ride click here.


NORTHERN YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
Yosemite Wilderness
7 days
August 11-17, 2019
$1750
Tuolumne to Bridgeport
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.
For a more detailed description of the Northern Yosemite Trail Ride click here.


JOHN MUIR/PACIFIC CREST TRAIL TRIP
The John Muir Trail
John Muir/Ansel Adams Wilderness
Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
30 days
Please see our Hiking with Pack Stock trips
August 14-September 12, 2019

Horseshoe Meadows to Happy Isles
Complete the John Muir Trail from Horseshoe meadow (near Lone Pine) to Tuolumne Meadows. Several layover days allow for time to rest and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada. For a detailed description, please look here.


ROAD SCHOLAR TRAIL RIDE, East Fork
Sierra Nevada Adventure: Exploring John Muir’s Range of Light on Horseback
5 days
August 18-22, 2019
$1199
Participants meet in Bishop on August 18, riding commences on Monday, August 19.
Immerse yourself in the Sierra Nevada’s rugged beauty, surveying the land on horseback and learning about the region’s history, culture and legends from local adventurers. Fish, ride, hike and explore! The beautiful John Muir Wilderness awaits you!
Go to the RoadScholar Website to register, and for more information.To reach Road Scholar by phone, call 1-800-454-5768.


HIGH SIERRA ON HORSEBACK PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
5 days
$1750
August 22-26, 2019
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. 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, please go to Ken Lee's website .

EVOLUTION VALLEY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
10 Days
August 28 - September 6, 2019
$2900
Ride the John Muir-PCT on this ten-day loop going south to King's Canyon National Park, over Mono Pass, Selden Pass, Evolution Valley, Muir Pass to LeConte Canyon and out via Bishop Pass. Many feel this is the most complete representation of all zones of the High Sierra. This trip is designed for those who enjoy a lot of riding. Layover days at Bear Creek, Evolution Valley and LeConte Canyon provide acess to some of the finest Golden Trout fishing in the High Sierra.

LABOR DAY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
August 31-September 2, 2019
$695
Start and End at Rock Creek
A leisurely trail ride to the lakes and streams of the East Fork of Rock Creek. 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.


FALL COLOR RIDE, Rock Creek
Start and End at Rock Creek
3 days
September 6-8, 2019
$695
A leisurely trail ride to the lakes and streams of the East Fork of Rock Creek. 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.

MONO CREEK TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 7-12, 2019
$1250
Start and end at Rock Creek
The fantastic fishing and beauty of Indian Summer make this time a favorite for the oldtimers. We'll set up a camp near the confluence of Hopkins Creek and explore Pioneer Basin, Hopkins Basin and the Recesses.
To see a detailed description of the Mono Creek Trail Ride's itinerary click here.

FALL HORSE DRIVE
Inyo National Forest/LADWP Land
4 days
September 14-17, 2019
$1250
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. 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

ROAD SCHOLAR TRAIL RIDE, Bridgeport
Sierra Nevada Adventure: Exploring John Muir’s Range of Light on Horseback
5 days
September 22-26, 2019
$1399
Participants meet in Bridgeport on September 22, riding commences on September 23. Immerse yourself in the Sierra Nevada’s rugged beauty, surveying the land on horseback and learning about the region’s history, culture and legends from local adventurers. Ride, hike and explore! The beautiful Hoover Wilderness near Virginia Lakes is our area of discovery. Go to the RoadScholar Website to register, pay and for more information.
To reach Road Scholar by phone, call 1-800-454-5768.






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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 3% 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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