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WELCOME TO ROCK CREEK PACK STATION

(760) 872-8331
WILDERNESS PERMITS: All wilderness permits for our guests are provided through the Pack Station commercial quota allocation. These wilderness permits are not issued from the general public quota. If you are riding or hiking with us, the permit will be issued from our commercial quota.

2023
SCHEDULED HIKING TRIPS
ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE

Trips entering Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks are subject to a 3% Park Use Fee, in addition to the 3% USFS monitoring fee.
Fishing Grassy Lake


SUMMIT MOUNT WHITNEY
Horseshoe Meadow to Horseshoe Meadow

June 25-30, 2023
and July 2-7, 2023
6 days
$1900 (+ fees)
Horseshoe Meadow to Horseshoe Meadow
Guests may camp out at Cottonwood Pack Station the night before the trip. We will provide a hiking Guide.
The Summit Mt. Whitmey trips are run by Rock Creek dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness
Look here for trip details.


JOHN MUIR TRAIL NORTHERN SECTION, Rock Creek to Yosemite Valley
HIKING WITH PACK STOCK
15 days
July 20- August 3, 2023
$4500 (+ fees)
Rock Creek to Yosemite Valley
Enjoy traveling along the John Muir Trail without carrying a backpack or eating freeze-dried food. Experience the beauty of countless granite peaks, streams, lakes, forests, and flower-strewn meadows. This 15-day trip accesses the trail via Mono Pass, following the picturesque canyon of Mono Creek to the John Muir Trail junction. You will pass through the magnificent Ansel Adams Wilderness and the extraordinary high country of Yosemite National Park as you travel to the northern end of this renowned trail.
Look here for trip details.

HORSESHOE MEADOW TO BISHOP PASS
The John Muir Trail
17 days
July 22 - August 7, 2023
$6500(+ fees)
Horseshoe Meadow to Bishop Pass
Complete the John Muir Trail from Horseshoe Meadow (near Lone Pine) to Bishop Pass. Layover days allow time to rest and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada.
Look here for trip details.


HORSESHOE MEADOW TO ONION VALLEY
The John Muir Trail
9 days
July 22-30, 2023
$3500(+ fees)
Horseshoe Meadow to Onion Valley
Complete the John Muir Trail from Horseshoe Meadow (near Lone Pine) to Onion Valley. Layover days allow time to rest and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada.
Look here for trip details. On Day 9, you will exit to Onion Valley, while the rest of the travelers lay over at Charlotte Lake.


ONION VALLEY TO BISHOP PASS
The John Muir Trail
9 days
July 30-August 7, 2023
$3500(+ fees)
Onion Valley to Bishop Pass
Complete the John Muir Trail from to Onion Valley to Bishop Pass. Layover days allow time to rest and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada.
Look here for trip details. On Day 9 of that itinerary, you will travel from Onion Valley to Charlotte Lake to join up with the other travelers.


JOHN MUIR TRAIL NORTHERN SECTION, Red's Meadow to Yosemite Valley
HIKING WITH PACK STOCK
9 days
July 26- August 3, 2023
$3500 (+ fees)
Begins at Rock Creek (shuttle provided to Reds Meadow) to Yosemite Valley
Enjoy traveling along the John Muir Trail without carrying a backpack or eating freeze-dried food. Experience the beauty of countless granite peaks, streams, lakes, forests, and flower-strewn meadows. This 10-day adventure accesses the trail at the Junction at Red's Meadow. You will travel through the heart of the Minarets area, with wonderful views of the Ritter Range and dozens of beautiful lakes and the extraordinary high country of Yosemite National Park as you travel to the northern end of this renowned trail.
Look here for trip details (start at DAY 7 on the itinerary for details).

NORTHERN YOSEMITE HIKING WITH PACK STOCK
Operated by Rock Creek Pack Station
Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes
7 Days
July 30- August 5, 2023
$2599 (+ fees)
Please note:This trip will originate at Virginia Lakes.
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JOHN MUIR/PACIFIC CREST TRAIL HIKE, Horseshoe Meadow to Yosemite Valley
31 Days
July 31 - August 30, 2023
$10106 (+fees)
The Sierra Nevada’s John Muir Trail is probably the finest wilderness route in the world. The trail skirts the peaks and high plateaus of the John Muir Wilderness, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite.
Look here for trip details .


COTTONWOOD PACK STATION TO ONION VALLEY
John Muir Trail
August 5-13, 2023
9 Days
$3500
Travel the John Muir Trail from Cottonwood Pack Station (Horseshoe Meadows, near Lone Pine) to Onion Valley. Layover days allow time to rest, climb Mt. Whitney and explore the remote jewels of the Sierra Nevada.
The itinerary is subject to change due to permitting, weather or trail conditions:
Day 1: Cottonwood Pass to Chickenspring Lake
Day 2: Chicken spring Lake to Rock Creek
Day 3: Rock Creek to Crabtree Meadows
Day 4: Crabtree Meadows to Guitar Lake
Day 5: Climb Mt. Whitney, if desired, and back to Guitar Lake
Day 6: To Tyndal Creek
Day 7: Layover
Day 8: To Upper Bubbs Creek
Day 9: Bubbs Creek to Onion Valley


REMOTE NORTHERN YOSEMITE BACKCOUNTRY (HIKE WITH PACK STOCK)
A Sierra Club Outing
Aug 13–23, 2023
11 Days
$4,025
Leader: Frank Eldredge
Trip Number: 23175A

The Sierra Club's description of this trip:"On this trip you will experience one of the most scenic and remote areas of Yosemite National Park and the Hoover Wilderness, walking with only a day pack and enjoying comfortable camps and delicious meals prepared by the pack station’s cook.

The wilderness trip begins at the Twin Lakes trailhead and the Hoover Wilderness, ascending past the Sawtooth Ridge and around the base of Crown Point to Peeler Lake, where we enter the Yosemite backcountry. The hike will follow miles of meadow into Kerrick Canyon before climbing into the Stubblefield and Tilden Creek drainages. We will traverse more meadows as we climb up Tilden Canyon to beautiful Tilden Lake and then the long meadows of Jack Main Canyon to Dorothy Lake. We depart Yosemite at Dorothy Lake, entering the Hoover Wilderness and dropping down to Lower Piute Meadows, and finally out to Leavitt Meadows on the last day."

For more information, or to register for this trip go to Sierra Club Outings.


SAWTOOTH RIDGE, HIKING WITH PACK STOCK
August 26-31, 2023
6 days
$2100 (+ fees)
This trip takes you through a beautiful, remote section of Yosemite National Park. Click HERE for a detailed description of the trip.


MT. LANGLEY/MITER BASIN, HIKING WITH PACK STOCK
September 3-8, 2023
6 Days
$2100
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
The itinerary is subject to change due to permitting, weather or trail conditions:
Day 1: Horseshoe Meadows to Chickenspring Lake
Day 2: Chickenspring Lake to Upper Rock Creek
Day 3: Layover-Explore Miter Basin
Day 4: Rock Creek to Cottonwood Lakes-climb Mt. Langley on the way
Day 5: Layover Cottonwood Lakes
Day 6: Out to Horseshoe Meadows
Look here for trip details.


EVOLUTION BASIN, KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK AND THE JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS
A Sierra Club Outing
Aug 26–Sep 5, 2023
11 Days
$4,025
Leader: Denise Sprague
Trip Number: 23176A

The Sierra Club's description of this trip: "Explore Evolution Basin, the most scenic section of the magnificent John Muir Trail. Crest three passes and hike by numerous alpine lakes. Enjoy the towering peaks and stunning vistas with most of the load carried by mules and using only your daypack on the trail. Two layover days provide time for rest and further exploration. Our trek starts from South Lake and heads west to climb Bishop Pass, enjoying the views of several lakes before we start our descent to Dusy Basin. Next, we hike down to Le Conte Canyon, joining John Muir Trail heading north, where we start a steady climb through this beautiful canyon. We pass by Helen Lake before we reach Muir Pass, then hike by Wanda Lake. As we hike down, we will be enjoying the views of several peaks before reaching Evolution Lake. We continue our descent through the majestic Evolution Valley, passing by Colby Meadow, followed by the beautiful McClure Meadow, enjoying the views of the mountain peaks we just left behind before we reach Evolution Meadow. We continue our descent until we reach the JMT/Piute Creek junction. We leave the John Muir Trail and Kings Canyon National Park and start climbing toward French Canyon, which we explore before heading home through Pine Creek Trail."

For more information, or to register for this trip, please go to Sierra Club Outings .




2023
PRIVATE CUSTOM HIKING TRIPS
ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE

WILDERNESS PERMITS: All wilderness permits for our guests are provided through the Pack Station commercial quota allocation. These wilderness permits are not issued from the general public quota. If you are riding or hiking with us, the permit will be issued from our commercial quota.

We offer backcountry, 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 our packers break camp and transport your gear to a pre-arranged spot on moving days. 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.

Our back yard includes Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Golden Trout Wilderness, Hoover Wilderness, and the Sierra and Inyo National Forests. We service the Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail, and adjacent areas from as far south as Lone Pine and north to Sonora Pass including, but not limited to, trailheads at Horseshoe Meadow, Onion Valley, South Lake, Rock Creek, Mammoth Lakes, Tuolumne Meadow, Virginia Lakes, and Twin Lakes.

We offer everything from five-day, short-move traveling trips to a month-long trek covering the entire John Muir Trail. Join other hikers on open hiking trips or form your own group for an all-inclusive private custom trip. We work with your interests, capabilities, dietary needs, and schedule to create your ideal wilderness adventure.

We can also connect you with private groups willing to add hikers to their trips.

Call us at (760) 872-8331 or email us to discuss your schedule and preferred itinerary.



Pricing for all-inclusive 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.
9 to 12 persons $385
5 to 8 persons $425
**Please note that a trip with less than five people, will pay for a minimum of five.
For trips in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, there will be a 3% monitoring fee in addition to the USFS fee of 2%.

If you would like to have your gear dropped at a campsite, while you hike in, we can accomodate you! Our DUNNAGE option may be exactly what you need. Have a look at the video slide show one of our guests created!

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.

Or SPOT TRIPS may interest you.




Here's what one of our repeat-guests has to say about her travels with Rock Creek Pack Station: "As a former backpacker, it embarrassed me at first to have to rely on pack animals to carry my gear, but my joints wouldn't allow me the pride of independence. What I found, though, is the crews have a love for the mountain that equals my own and they take much better care of the environment than any backpacker I've hiked with. All trash packed out, deep pits are dug for the latrines, the ashes from fire are buried, and the pine needles are scattered so there is no evidence we were there. They truly left only footprints behind." --G. H., CALIFORNIA, 2005

Here is a description of hiking with pack stock from a frequent guest:
The smell of fresh coffee on a wood fired stove; the muffled sound of mules munching their morning grain; quiet words of reassurance as the packers groom and tack the stock in preparation for the day's move. That is the alarm clock that awakens you to a new morning of hiking with pack stock. You pack up your duffle and take down your tent between sips of fresh hot coffee (or tea/cocoa)...more



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, Inc operates under permit on the Inyo National Forest.
All Trail Rides and Packing Schools are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 2% USFS fee.
Horse Drives are are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 3% USFS fee.
Mustang Trips are are subject to a 3% USFS fee.
Trips traveling in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are subject to an additional 3% park use fee.


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Last Updated: January 25, 2023
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