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Dates for 2018
(Please Note that all scheduled trips are subject to Forest Service and Park approval of the 2018 operating plans.)
Trips will be updated/added, as they are scheduled.
MUSTANG TRIPS.

SPRING and FALL HORSE DRIVES.

PARENT/CHILD TRIPS.

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOLS.


GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE 1
5 days
June 25-29, 2018
$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.


HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
June 21-24, 2018
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 22-24, 2018
also offered
June 29-July 1, 2018
July 6-8, 2018
July 13-15, 2018
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
Packing Fundamentals

6 days
June 24-29, 2018
$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.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #2
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
6 days
July 1-6, 2018
$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
June 30-July 3, 2018
$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, 2018
$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


VETERINARY CARE AND HORSEPACKING IN THE WILDERNESS
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
University Extension, UC Davis
7 days
July 8-14, 2018

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

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.


HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE 2
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
July 12-15, 2018
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.


JOHN MUIR TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
5 days
July 16-20, 2018
$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.


GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE 2
5 days
July 16-20, 2018
$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


MT. WHITNEY TRAIL RIDE
Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 22-27, 2018
$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. 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


KERN RIVER GOLDEN TROUT HERITAGE TRAIL RIDE
7 Days
July 17-21, 2018
$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.


NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA
John Muir Wilderness
5 days
July 9-13, 2018
$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. 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.


HOOVER WILDERNESS TRAIL RIDE
5 days
July 23-27, 2018
$1150
Start and End at Twin Lakes
This trip is operated by the Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit


BENSON LAKE TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 28-August 3, 2018
$1599
Start and End at Twin Lakes
This trip is operated by the Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit
The trip will depart from Twin Lakes. We will meet at Mono Village parking lot and have breakfast at Mono Village while we are packing the mules. Meeting time will be 7AM.
Over the next 6 days we travel deep into the heart of Yosemite.
Benson Lake is located at 7580 feet in the northern wilderness of Yosemite National Park and is known as ‘The Riviera of the Sierra’ due to its wide sandy beach.
The lake is name for Harry Coupland Benson who acted as superintendent in Yosemite from 1905 to 1908.
The first day we will travel from Twin Lakes to Lower Kerrick and the second day head out for Benson Lake. Spend a couple of layover days at Benson Lake fishing for rainbow and brook trout, swimming, riding and hiking (or simply relaxing!) in this wonderfully diverse area. Head back to Lower Kerrick then on to Twin Lakes.


ROCK CREEK TO MAMMOTH TRAIL RIDE
Rock Creek to Mammoth
5 days
July 29-August 3, 2018
$1395
Rock Creek to Mammoth
The ideal loop trip for those that like to see new back country. Spectacular trail riding as we cross Mono and Silver passes to reach Cascade Valley. Enjoy the camaraderie of those who enjoy a good trail ride and beautiful scenery.
For a more detailed description of Silver Divide Trail Ride click here.


YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
John Muir/Ansel Adams/Yosemite Wilderness
10 days
August 5-14, 2018
$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.


YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE #2
John Muir/Ansel Adams/Yosemite Wilderness
10 days
August 8-17, 2018
$2500
Rock Creek to Tuolumne Meadows
Please see listing above for description.


TRIPLE PASS TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 22-27, 2018
$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


PIONEER BASIN TRAIL RIDE WITH A PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
5 days
$1550
July 30-August 3, 2018
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 .

NATIVE GOLDEN TROUT LOOP
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 7-12, 2018
$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


HOOVER WILDERNESS TRAIL RIDE
5 days
July 23-27, 2018
$1150
This ride will depart from Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit or Green Creek
Spend five days exploring the Hoover Lakes Basin from a central camp at either East or Gilman Lake.


BENSON LAKE TRAIL RIDE
6 days
$1599
July 28- August 3, 2018
Begin and end at Twin Lakes

The trip will depart from Twin Lakes. We will meet at Mono Village parking lot at 7am and have breakfast at Mono Village while we are packing the mules. Over the next 6 days we travel deep into the heart of Yosemite. Benson Lake is located at 7580 feet in the northern wilderness of Yosemite National Park and is known as ‘The Riviera of the Sierra’ due to its wide sandy beach. The lake is name for Harry Coupland Benson who acted as superintendent in Yosemite from 1905 to 1908. The first day we will travel from Twin Lakes to Lower Kerrick and the second day head out for Benson Lake. Spend a couple of layover days at Benson Lake fishing for rainbow and brook trout, swimming, riding and hiking (or simply relaxing!) in this wonderfully diverse area. Head back to Lower Kerrick then on to Twin Lakes.

The trip includes two layover days, one at Benson Lake and one in Matterhorn Canyon. This is the trip for those that want to truly experience the unseen Yosemite.

WALLACE CREEK TRAIL RIDE
Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia National Park
7 days
July 29-August 4, 2018
$2900
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains. This seven day itinerary goes to the Wallace Lake, Wright Lakes Basin and Upper Kern areas of Sequoia National Park. A highlight is fishing at Wallace Lake. The tentative itinerary is the ride from Horseshoe Meadows to Lower Rock Creek and then head to Wright Lakes Basin for three layover days. The trip then will head back to Horseshoe Meadows.


LAKE OF THE LONE INDIAN TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
7 Days
August 4-10, 2018
$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 18-24, 2018
$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.


ROAD SCHOLAR TRAIL RIDE, East Fork
Sierra Nevada Adventure: Exploring John Muir’s Range of Light on Horseback
5 days
August 19-23, 2018
Participants meet in Bishop on August 19, riding commences on Monday, August 20.

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.


LABOR DAY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
September 1-3, 2018
$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.


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 15-September 13, 2018
and
September 2-October 1, 2018

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.


EVOLUTION VALLEY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
10 Days
August 26 - September 4, 2018
$2750
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.

FALL COLOR RIDE, Rock Creek
Start and End at Rock Creek
3 days
September 8-10, 2018
$545
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.

FALL COLOR RIDE #1, Bridgeport
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
September 21-23, 2018
$750
Start and End at Bridgeport
Enjoy the change of seasons as only Mother Nature&#s color palette can provide. The golds and reds are spectacular! Brisk nights and generally comfortable days make this a wonderful time to ride, hike and fish.


FALL COLOR RIDE #2, Bridgeport
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
September 28-30, 2018
$750
Start and End at Bridgeport
Enjoy the change of seasons as only Mother Natures color palette can provide. The golds and reds are spectacular! Brisk nights and generally comfortable days make this a wonderful time to ride, hike and fish.

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 9-14, 2018
$1250
Start and End at Rock Creek
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.
For a more detailed description of our Professional Packing School courses click here.

MONO CREEK TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 9-14, 2018
$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 15-18, 2018
$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. Write for additional brochure and details.
For a more detailed description of the Spring and Fall Horse Drives click here

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Sierra Nevada Adventure: Exploring John Muir’s Range of Light on Horseback
5 days
September 23-27, 2018
Participants meet in Bridgeport on September 23, riding commences on September 24.

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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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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