We invite you to take a trip with us to explore Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks and the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Rock Creek Pack Station, operating as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, offers riding and hiking trips that allow guests the opportunity to climb Mt. Whitney from the west side. For information on the rules and regulations related to fishing in California, directions and links to maps, click here.

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goldentrout Rock Creek Pack Station, operating as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, offers fully outfitted pack trips for hikers and riders who want to travel into the remote Golden Trout and Sequoia National Park Wildernesses. We originate trips primarily from Horseshoe Meadows but serve guests from the Sage Flat, Sawmill, Taboose and Shepherd trail heads. The Mt. Whitney Pack Trains portion of the Rock Creek Pack Station operates under permit by the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.

You can join one of our Hiking With Pack Stock trips, that allow you to enjoy the Mt. Whitney area carrying only a day pack. Our mules will transport your gear; our cooks and wranglers will meet you at the campsites. Your meals are prepared for you and camp is ready upon your arrival. You hike and enjoy the trip, we will take care of the rest!

Trips departing from Horseshoe Meadows, originate at portable corrals next to Cottonwood Pack Station. We park cars at the Cottonwood Pack Station parking lot. We ask that our guests utilize the public restrooms at the adjoining Equestrian campground area. Those wanting to spend the night prior to their trip at Horseshoe Meadows need to stay at the Forest Service campgrounds. The following Trips depart from Horseshoe Meadows. Click on the trip name to see more information.

Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
6 days
July 3-8, 2016

4 days
July 6-9, 2016


Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
University Extension, UC Davis
7 days
July 10-16, 2016

Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 17-22, 2016

5 days
July 18-22, 2016

John Muir / Pacific Crest Trail
The John Muir Trail
John Muir/Ansel Adams Wilderness
Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
23 days
August 16-September 7, 2016

Cottonwood To Kearsarge
The John Muir Trail with Mule Support, Sierra Mountain Center
9 days
August 18-26, 2016

Hiking the John Muir Trail:
Mt. Whitney north to Bishop

14 Days
Sept 3-16, 2016
$3080 (plus 2% and 8% fees)

Mt Whitney Summit Hike – REI Adventures
Operated by Sierra Mountain Center with Rock Creek Pack Station providing mule support.
Go to REI ADVENTURES for more information and registration.

Sierra Mountain Center - Mt. Whitney Guided hikes
Sierra Mountain Center offers stock supported hiking trips in the Mt. Whitney area, starting from Cottonwood. For more information visit their website .

For Custom or private trips, please review these options:

All cars need to be free of food items or scented products that could attract bears. Please give your packer those items to be stored in our bear proof containers while you are on a pack trip.

There are no phones at Horseshoe Meadows. Cell service is available on the road overlooking the Owens Valley just before you enter the Cottonwood/Horseshoe Meadow area.

To contact Rock Creek Pack Station, even for Horseshoe Meadow information, please call 760-872-8331.

This is mountain travel for the hiker who wants to enjoy the wilderness for longer than his or her back can carry the needed supplies! We prepare your food and packers break camp and move the gear to a pre-arranged spot each day. Guests may bring 30 lbs of personal gear (includes sleeping bag) and we provide the tents, toilet, camp chairs, tables, meals and staff for your travel in the wilderness. Join other hikers on open hiking trips or form your own group for an all-inclusive private custom trip. We provide sample menus and itineraries for your approval.

We can help you create a personal route, menu and ideal wilderness adventure. Call or email us to discuss your schedule and preferred itinerary.

Let us put together an open hiking trip that fits your schedule and interests, and allows you to meet and hike with others. If you have a particular section of the John Muir Trail that you want to hike…please let us know. We offer private trips from the Onion Valley and Bishop Pass trailheads.


  • Complete application form and send a 20% non-refundable deposit to hold reservations.

  • Full payment due thirty days prior to starting date and is non-refundable.

  • Cancellation and refund policy:
    deposit and final payments within 30 days of starting date are non-refundable. Refund of payment(except deposit)is non-refundable. Refund of payment(except deposit) will be returned only if you fill spot on trip.
    No transfer of deposit or trip fee to following year for cancellations. We advise guests to purchase cancellation and trip travel insurance if you don't want to assume risk of losing payment due to illness or family emergency.

  • All rates subject to a 2% outfitter-guide fee and an 8% fee to cover regulatory changes.

  • Riders over 200 pounds or who are very heavy for their height need to be approved by the pack station before they may sign up for a trip.

  • Riders cannot weigh over 240 pounds.

  • The pack station needs to approve all people who have physical characteristics and disabilities that may pose a safety risk for the participant.

  • Cancellation and Refund policy: deposit is non-refundable. Refund of payment (except deposit) will be returned only if you fill spot on trip.

  • Advise if you need other arrangements.

  • Itineraries subject to change due to unforeseen trail or weather conditions or packers discretion.

  • No stock left overnight without a packer.

  • No riding double.

For some beautiful photography of the Mt. Whitney area, look at Greg Cope's Nature Focused Photography .

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 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.
Horse Drives and Mustang Trips are are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 3% USFS fee.

NOTICE: In accordance with federal law and U.S. Dept of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

Last Updated: May 12, 2016
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