By auto: 24 miles north of Bishop take Rock Creek Lake Exit from U.S. 395. Go 10 miles up paved road.
By plane and bus: Both Bishop & Mammoth Lakes airports are within 40 minutes drive.
On-call transportation: For on-call service Sierra Express Transportation at 760-937-8294 for prices and reservations.
We can pick up guests at Tom's Place or Mammoth Airport.
Meals, lodging, and well-stocked general stores are available at Rock Creek Lodge (ph. 760-935-4170), Rock Creek Lake Resort (ph. 760-935-4311), and Tom's Place Resort (ph. 760-935-4239). Also, there are numerous Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon.
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.
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: 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.
MONO CREEK: Trail time: 4-4 1/2 hours via Mono Pass Trail, which then winds mile after mile by this beautiful stream, in and out of forest stretches, across green meadows and through natural gardens of wild flowers. Limitless camping opportunities alongside excellent fishing streams. Streams from the Recesses, Pioneer Basin, Hopkins Basin, Grinell Basin empty into Mono Creek so that as one travels downstream, its depth and width increases.
General Map of Rock Creek's Location
Mono Creek Area
Topo Map of Hilton Creek Area (courtesy of Tom Harrison Maps)
Fish Creek Area
Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadows
Sage Flat Area
Bishop,Taboose, Sawmill and Shepherd's Passes in the Sequoia National Park
Kern Peak Route
NPS Map of Sequoia National Park
Topo map of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks(courtesy of Tom Harrison Maps)
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Rock Creek Pack Station provides all of its trips as a permitee of the Inyo National Forest.
All Trail Rides and Packing Schools are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 2% USFS fee.
Last Updated: May 13, 2013