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
June 28-July 3, 2015

4 days
July 2-5, 2015

5 days
July 6-10, 2015

Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 20-25, 2015

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.

Pricing for all-inclusive Hiking With Pack Stock private custom trip is shown in the table below.
Per person per day
Please note, the following fees are per person:
$15.00 monitoring fee, $5 wilderness permit reservation fee,
3% outfitters fee, and 8% regulatory fee.
7 to 12 persons $220
5 to 7 persons $240

If you would like to include some riders in your group, or you would like to hire stock and a packer, but provide your own food and cook for yourself, please review these options: All-EXPENSE PACK TRIP and CONTINUOUS HIRE OF STOCK & PACKER.

ALL EXPENSE RIDING 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
$275 $345 $460
*** trucking fee not included

SPOT TRIPS round-trip rates
(click here for description)**
Destination Per each,
4 or more guests
Per each,
3 guests
Per each, 2 guests
Tyndal Creek, Upper Kern, Bench Lake, Woods Creek $1870 $1950 $2220
*handling fee includes trucking of livestock to road head and packer's fee.
**spot fee includes trucking of livestock to road head. Weather is generally ideal through Oct. 15.

Destination Handling Fee* Each Animal
Anvil Camp $600 $300
Top of Taboose & Sawmill Passes $850 $350
Woods Basin, Bench Lake, Upper Kern, Crabtree $1500 $600

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 .


  • 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: October 16, 2015
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