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Dates for 2022
(Please Note that all scheduled trips are subject to Forest Service and Park approval of the 2022 operating plans.) Trips will be updated/added, as they are scheduled. Changes to itineraries will be noted, as available.

A trail ride is a horseback adventure that includes camping in the wilderness. We furnish stock, horse tack, packers, a cook, food and camping equipment and tents. You are responsible for your own sleeping bag, mattress, clothing and personal items. For a full list of personal items, please look HERE.

MUSTANG TRIPS.

SPRING and FALL HORSE DRIVES.

PARENT/CHILD TRIPS.

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOLS.

SPRING HORSE DRIVE
Inyo National Forest/LADWP Land
4 days
June 17-21, 2022
$1595
Independence to Rock Creek
Space is LIMITED to 25 guests
Join us in herding the horses and mules from winter pasture in the Owens Valley to the high elevation Pack Station. You do not have to be an expert rider but should have some time in the saddle.
For a more detailed description of the Spring and Fall Horse Drives
click here


DAVIS/HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #1
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
June 23-26, 2022 SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1050
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 24-26, 2022 this date sold out
June 25-27, 2022 this date sold out
July 1-3, 2022
July 8-10, 2022 this date sold out
July 15-17, 2022 (East Fork of Rock Creek near Dorothy Lake) Start and End at Rock Creek
$750
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
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GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE #1
5 days
June 25-29, 2022
$1350
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
The route begins at Horseshoe and continues to South Fork Kern, then travel to our campsite Golden Trout Creek below Tunnel Meadows. Layover days allow for rides to Little Whitney Meadows, South Fork of the Kern in Templeton/Ramshaw Meadows and options to ride to Kern Peak and Big Whitney Meadows. We will terminate at Horseshoe Meadows.
Excellent fishing for Golden Trout.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
Packing Fundamentals

6 days
June 27-July 2, 2022
$1550
Meet at Rock Creek Pack Station
Backcountry itinerary at Tamarack/Hilton with emphasis on mastering hitches, packing techniques and management of livestock and people to minimize impact on wilderness.
For a more detailed description of our Professional Packing School courses click here.


COTTONWOOD LAKE TRAIL RIDE
4 days
July 1-4, 2022
$1050
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Depart from Horseshoe Meadows
Meet at Horseshoe Meadow and travel to our camp at Cottonwood Lake.
We will have day rides from the camp. Return to Horseshoe.
OUTSTANDING GOLDEN TROUT FISHING.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 24-26, 2022 this date sold out
June 25-27, 2022 this date sold out
July 1-3, 2022
July 8-10, 2022 this date sold out
July 15-17, 2022 (East Fork of Rock Creek near Dorothy Lake) Start and End at Rock Creek
$750
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL
John Muir Wilderness
4 days
July 1-4, 2022
$999
Start and End at Rock Creek
Celebrate the 4th of July by starting out on a four-day trail ride to Davis Lake or Lake #2. Fishing is great, and there are day rides to Turk Meadows, Lower Hilton Creek and the Upper Hilton Lakes.
For a more detailed description of Fourth of July Special Trail Ride click here.


PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL #2
Advanced Packing in the Wilderness (section 2)
6 days
July 4-9, 2022
$1550
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Meet at Horseshoe Meadows—a six day traveling educational pack trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness
Emphasis on moving camps, wrangling and feeding livestock on the extended wilderness pack trip.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


COTTONWOOD LAKE TRAIL RIDE #2
4 days
July 7-10, 2022
$1150
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Depart from Horseshoe Meadows
Meet at Horseshoe Meadow and travel to our camp at Cottonwood Lake.
We will have day rides from the camp. Return to Horseshoe.
OUTSTANDING GOLDEN TROUT FISHING.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 24-26, 2022 this date sold out
June 25-27, 2022 this date sold out
July 1-3, 2022
July 8-10, 2022 this date sold out
July 15-17, 2022 (East Fork of Rock Creek near Dorothy Lake) Start and End at Rock Creek
$750
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


VETERINARY CARE AND HORSEPACKING IN THE WILDERNESS
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
7 days
July 10-16, 2022
$1750
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day, deluxe pack trip has been acclaimed as an outstanding adventure and educational experience.
Topics will include: •Wilderness conduct of people
•Trail riding safety and horse equipment
•Methods of feeding livestock in the backcountry
•Management of livestock
•Preventative medicine
•Evaluating the normal horse
•Treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness
•Packing equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches and leading strings of mules
•Veterinary skills including physical examination, floating teeth, intramuscular/IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses
•Shoeing
INSTRUCTOR:
Craig London, D.V.M., is owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains in the southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He practices veterinary medicine in Bishop and has taught many UC Davis Extension courses on veterinary care and wilderness horsepacking.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


EQUINE NEUROLOGY IN THE WILDERNESS AND EQUINE TECHNICAL RESCUE METHODS
Veterinary Care and Horse Packing in the Wilderness
Horseshoe Meadow loop trip in Golden Trout Wilderness
7 days
July 10-16, 2022
$2500

This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day, deluxe pack trip has been acclaimed as an outstanding adventure and educational experience. Dr. Monica Aleman and Dr. John Madigan present 20 hours of CE on current topics in equine neurology. Attendees will learn how to manage veterinary emergencies in the backcountry. Learn how to pack. Catch a Golden Trout. On the trail and around the campfire explore what is new in equine veterinary medicine. The itinerary travels through the remote Golden Trout Wilderness near Mt. Whitney.
"This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 20 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval."
INSTRUCTORS:
Monica Aleman, MVZ Cert., PhD and John Madigan,,DVM,MS Equine and Compartive Neurology Faculty, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
For more information, please go to UC Davis Faculty information.
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


GOLDEN TROUT TRAIL RIDE #2
5 days
July 11-15, 2022
$1350
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This trip allows you to stay in a single camp and ride out daily to explore the Golden Trout Wilderness. We will have a camp on Kern Peak Stringer or Golden Trout Creek.
Excellent fishing for Golden Trout.
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.


DAVIS/HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #2
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
July 14-17, 2022 SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1050
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


PARENT/CHILD TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
June 24-26, 2022 this date sold out
June 25-27, 2022 this date sold out
July 1-3, 2022
July 8-10, 2022 this date sold out
July 15-17, 2022 (East Fork of Rock Creek near Dorothy Lake) Start and End at Rock Creek
$750
We invite you and your child to join us for three days of riding, fishing and camping. Learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. A wonderful experience for those who enjoy meeting others with similar interests.
Click Here for a map of the area
For a detailed description of the Parent/Child Trail Ride click here.


SILVER PASS TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 16-21, 2022 SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT
$1750
Rock Creek to Mammoth
The ideal trip trip for those that like to see new back country. Spectacular trail riding as we cross Mono and Silver passes to reach Cascade Valley. Enjoy the camaraderie of those who enjoy a good trail ride and beautiful scenery.
For a more detailed description of Silver Divide Trail Ride click here.


KERN RIVER GOLDEN TROUT HERITAGE TRAIL RIDE
7 Days
July 17-23, 2022
$2500
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
This seven-day pack trip provides a unique opportunity for both novice and experienced anglers to enjoy some of the best fly fishing the High Sierra has to offer. Guests travel by horseback into remote areas of the Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia National Park to fish for isolated species of Golden Trout and Kern River Rainbows.
For detailed information please click HERE.


NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA
Golden Trout Wilderness
5 days
July 18-22, 2022
$1750
Start and end at Cottonwood Pack Station
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Immerse yourself in the Natural History of the Sierra Nevada.
Join Fulbright Scholar and retired National Park Ranger Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham for a once in a lifetime chance to learn all about these mountains and the nature within them. We will explore the night sky in the truly dark skies of the backcountry. We’ll learn about animal adaptations, birds and mammals; Sierra geology, glaciation, and weather; dendrochronology (the science of tree-ring dating), the mixed conifer and alpine forests, wildflowers, fire ecology; and indigenous people through time. Bring binoculars, cameras and your sense of wonder.
Look here for trip details.


MT. WHITNEY TRAIL RIDE
Sequoia National Park/John Muir Wilderness
6 days
July 18-23, 2022 SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT......SOLD OUT
$2500
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows
Pack your tackle for the ultimate Golden trout fishing adventure. Experience the subalpine beauty of Sequoia National Park with camps at Tyndal Creek, Wallace Creek, Crabtree Meadows and Rock Creek.
Planned itinerary:
Day 1: Horseshoe Meadow to Lower Rock Creek
Day 2: Layover
Day 3: Lower Rock Creek to Guitar Lake
Day 4: Option to climb Mt. Whitney and back to Crabtree/Sandy Meadow
Day 5: To Rock Creek
Day 6: Out to Horseshoe Meadow
More information on the Golden Trout Wilderness


TRIPLE PASS TRAIL RIDE
6 days
July 23-28, 2022
$1975
Rock Creek to Mammoth
Experience the beauty of countless streams, lakes and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Route covers a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and crosses Mono, Silver and Duck Passes. Opportunity for trout fishing - mornings, evenings and two layover days. Side trips planned to Hopkins Lake and Grassy Lake.


HIGH SIERRA ON HORSEBACK PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
PIONEER BASIN
5 days
July 22-26, 2022 and
August 1-5, 2022
$2,973
Start and end at Rock Creek
This is a beautiful area to explore! Bring your camera and work with photographer Ken Lee to improve your skills. In Ken's words: "Get ready for 5 days of intensive photography education, inspiration and practice in the heart of the spectacular Sierra Nevada! Our destination is Pioneer Basin, one of the most scenic settings in what John Muir aptly named The Range of Light. Truly a photographer’s paradise, this remote location is not so easy to access. Fortunately, we will have our equine companions to help us with the heavy lifting as we ride into this magnificent alpine environment. Alpenglow, Golden Hour, Blue Hour…these are the conditions that produce portfolio images. Therefore, our days will start early and end late but there will be plenty of time in between to explore or just soak in your surroundings and appreciate the sheer beauty of unspoiled nature. Your level of photography experience is not as important as your desire to grow your image making abilities."
For more information on this trip or to SIGN UP, please go to Ken Lee's website .


VIRGINIA LAKES TO TUOLUMNE MEADOWS TRAIL RIDE
Starts at Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit ends at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite
5 days
July 24-28, 2022 this date sold out
and
July 29-August 2, 2022
$1,800
This trip is operated by Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit.
Explore the unseen Yosemite during the peak wildflower bloom. Join others that share a love of the backcountry, fishing and sharing stories around the campfire. A unique opportunity to experience secluded wilderness and ride through the majestic meadows of the Park.
More information on the Virginia Lakes to Tuolumne Trail Ride.


YOSEMITE TRAIL RIDE
Rock Creek to Tuolumne
10 days
July 25- Aug 3, 2022
$3500
Rock Creek to Tuolumne Meadows
Explore over 100 miles of the John Muir-Pacific Crest Trail through wildflower-blanketed valleys, alpine lakes and forested campsites. Opportunity for Golden, Rainbow and Brook trout fishing. The wildlife, glaciers and majestic peaks over 13,000 feet made this John Muir’s favorite backcountry – his “range of light”. We will ride over Mono Pass and join the John Muir Trail before crossing Silver Pass. Continuing on past countless lakes, we skirt the mammoth Divide, permitting stirring views of Cascade Valley and Fish Creek, to descend to the base of the Minarets. Journey past Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner before climbing to Donohue Pass, the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Our last camp is in the Lyell Canyon. We explore what some call the most majestic meadows in the Sierra in our last day’s ride.
More information on the Yosemite Trail Ride.


HILTON LAKES TRAIL RIDE #3
John Muir Wilderness
4 Days
August 4-7, 2022
Start and End at Rock Creek
$1275
Be among the first of the season to enjoy the beauty of nearby Hilton Lakes. On this four-day trip we camp near Davis Lake, the largest lake in the area, or near Lake #2. There will be time for you to explore the upper lakes and the meadows below the Basin.
For a detailed description of the Hilton Lakes Trail Ride Itinerary click here.


YOSEMITE PCT TRAIL RIDE
Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes
8 Days
August 15-22, 2022
$2900
Ride the PCT on this eight-day trip going from Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes.This trip is designed for those who enjoy a lot of riding.
Day 1 we will ride to Virginia Canyon.
Day 2 is a layover day with a day-ride to McCabe Lake.
On day 3 we will travel to Matterhorn Canyon.
Layover on day 4, with a day-ride opportunity to Burro Pass.
On day 5 we will ride to beautiful Benson Lake with its sandy shore.
A layover day is planned on day 6, at the lake.
Day 7 will take us to Upper Kerrick Meadow.
We will exit on day 8 at Twin Lakes.

LITTLE WHITNEY TRAIL RIDE
Golden Trout Wilderness
6 Days
August 27-Sept 1, 2022
$1995 plus 10%
Start and End at Cottonwood Pack Station
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
A great trip for those who enjoy lots of riding. Explore the secluded Golden Trout Wilderness. The Upper Kern Plateau has a rich cultural history. We will ride through the vast meadows starting from Cottonwood Pack Station. Great opportunity for fishing. The trails are good without the steep granite trails of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Join other equestrians who enjoy riding in the wilderness and sharing memories of previous rides around the campfire at night.
Day 1: Horseshoe Meadows to Ramshaw Meadows
Day 2: Ride to Kern Peak
Day 3: To Little Whitney Meadows
Day 4: Layover
Day 5: To Big Whitney Meadows
Day 6: Out.

EVOLUTION VALLEY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
10 Days
August 28-Sept 6, 2022
$3900
Ride the John Muir-PCT on this ten-day loop going south to King's Canyon National Park, over Mono Pass, Selden Pass, Evolution Valley, Muir Pass to LeConte Canyon and out via Bishop Pass. Many feel this is the most complete representation of all zones of the High Sierra. This trip is designed for those who enjoy a lot of riding. Layover days at Bear Creek, Evolution Valley and LeConte Canyon provide acess to some of the finest Golden Trout fishing in the High Sierra.

HOOVER LAKES LABOR DAY SPECIAL
John Muir Wilderness
4 days
September 2-5, 2022
$1050
Start and End at Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit
Ride from Virginia Lakes to East Lake. Enjoy great fishing and the secluded wilderness. The Hoover Lakes Basin is known for its beautiful lakes and unique Eastern Sierra landscape.

BIG WHITNEY LABOR DAY TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
3 days
September 3-5, 2022
$800
Start and End at Cottonwood Pack Station
This trip is operated by Rock Creek Pack Station dba as Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Travel over Cottonwood Pass to a camp in Big Whitney Meadows. A great trip for those that enjoy trail riding. Layover day ride is to either Siberian Pass or up to Rocky Basin Lakes. Excellent stream fishing for goldens in the headwaters of Golden Trout Creek. Guests are welcome to camp out the night before at Cottonwood Pack Station.


FISH CREEK TRAIL RIDE
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 4-9, 2022
$1900
Rock Creek to Mammoth
The fantastic fishing and beauty of Indian Summer make this time a favorite for the oldtimers. This trail ride goes through the most remote areas of Fish Creek and Mono Creek backcountry. Trip itinerary includes Mono Pass, Silver Pass and Jackson Meadow. Layover days allow riders to further explore the surrounding lakes and meadows — Peter Pande, Wilbur May, Grassy, and Olive lakes.

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SCHOOL
John Muir Wilderness
6 days
September 10-15, 2022
$1550
Start and End at Rock Creek
Master packing and outfitting skills in this September course on a six-day pack trip into Mono Creek. Emphasis on wrangling and moving camp daily to improve packing skills. This fall session will be an ideal course for those who have completed UC packing courses, Backcountry Horseman seminars and introductory packing clinics.
For a more detailed description of our Professional Packing School courses click here.

FALL HORSE DRIVE Inyo National Forest/LADWP Land
4 days
September 17-20, 2022
$1595
Rock Creek to Independence
Space is LIMITED to 25 guests
Join us in herding the horses and mules to winter pasture in the Owens Valley. You do not have to be an expert rider but should have some time in the saddle. Beautiful time of year to ride.
For a more detailed description of the Spring and Fall Horse Drives click here

FALL COLOR TRAIL RIDE, Rock Creek
Start and End at Rock Creek
3 days
September 23-25, 2022
$900
A leisurely trail ride to the lakes and streams of the East Fork of Rock Creek. Our camp provides easy access to Catherine, Buck, Francis, Deer and Dam lakes. The Tamarack Basin provides alternating forest, meadows and streams - ideal for those seeking wilderness seculsion without a long ride to camp.

FALL COLORS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AND PACK TRIP
Start and End at Rock Creek, Lower Corral
4 days
September 26-29, 2022
$2340
This is an intensive 4 day photography adventure. The John Muir Wilderness provides wonderful subject matter and conditions (Alpenglow, Golden Hour, Blue Hour…) to afford us the opportunity to produce portfolio images. Your level of photography experience is not as important as your desire to practice and grow your image making abilities.
For more information on this trip or to SIGN UP , please go to Ken Lee's website .




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Packing School

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Dorothy Lake


Call us TODAY at 760-872-8331 (winter) or 760-935-4493 (summer) for a quick response to your questions.
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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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