MT. WHITNEY PACK TRIPS 2014
We offer pack trips in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Southern
Sierra Wilderness and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
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.
PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #2
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
June 29-July 4, 2014
KERN PEAK TRAIL RIDE
July 3-6, 2014
GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE
July 7-11, 2014
PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #3
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 3)
July 7-12, 2014
VETERINARY CARE AND HORSEPACKING IN THE WILDERNESS
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
University Extension, UC Davis
July 13-19, 2014
MT. WHITNEY TRAIL RIDE
Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
July 20-25, 2014
FORESTER PASS TRAIL RIDE
Golden Trout Wilderness
July 27-August 2, 2014
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.
For some beautiful photography of the Mt. Whitney area, look at
Greg Cope's Nature Focused Photography .
*** trucking fee not included
ALL EXPENSE PACK TRIPS***(Click here for description)
|Per each per day, 5 to 10 guests
||Per each per day, 4 guests
||Per each per day, 3 guests
*handling fee includes trucking of livestock to road head and packer's fee.
SPOT TRIPS round-trip rates
(click here for description)**
4 or more guests
|Per each, 2 guests
|Tyndal Creek, Upper Kern, Bench Lake, Woods Creek
**spot fee includes trucking of livestock to road head. Weather is generally ideal through Oct. 15.
SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, DUNNAGE PACKS AND CACHES (one way charge)
|Top of Taboose & Sawmill Passes
|Woods Basin, Bench Lake, Upper Kern, Crabtree
Dennis Winchester, Cottonwood Pack Trains, at Horseshoe Meadows provides the dunnage, spot trip & continuous hire trips to the Cottonwood Lakes, Crabtree Lakes, Rock Creek and the Golden Trout Wilderness. He provides some full service trips.
His phone number is 760- 878-2015 .
RESERVATION POLICY FOR ALL TRIPS
- 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.
Call us TODAY at 760-872-8331 for a quick response to your questions.
You can email us, also.
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: April 4, 2014
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