High Sierra Backpack: Little Lakes Valley on the morningside of the Sierra.
August 13-17, 2014
5 Days/4 Nights
This trip tends to sell out early. To avoid disappointment, sign up early (like by February).
About the Trip
Only once a year do we do a special 5-day trip planned with the hearty high altitude adventurer in mind - those who want to adventure beyond the user-friendly wilderness of Yosemite to the land of the True High Sierra. While the mileages per day will not appear challenging, the altitude will compensate. And, as with all our trips, it is more important to BE in the place than simply hike through it, allowing time to move through the wilderness as it moves through us. This year: Explore Little Lakes Valley with us as we emerse ourselves in some of the most sublime scenery in the Sierra. Google "Little Lakes Valley" images for a preview.
While this is a high altitude trip, it is still a beginner trip and you'll learn the basics of backpacking while enjoying the beauty of the High Sier
August 13-17, 2014
A one-night car camping and 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip in the Inyo National Forest.
Day 1: Meet 5 pm the at East Fork Campground for gear check, orientation, instruction with regard to LNT, encountering stock on the trail, disposal of waste, emergency protocol, guide and client goals and expectations, and comprehensive trip itinerary. Dinner and sleeping.
Day 2: After breakfast, pack up, distribute group gear and group food, and drive in our own vehicles to Pine Creek Trailhead to leave half our vehicles there. Then we'll drive the other half of the vehicles to the Mosquito Flat Trailhead where we'll start our 4 mile hike to camp at Ruby Lake. There we'll have time for exploring & swimming. Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner included.
Day 3: Today we'll pack up and move camp to Chickenfoot Lake taking time to absorb the sublime alpine scenery and the many lakes in the area. Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner included.
Day 4: We'll move camp up and over the pass to Lower Morgan Lake further exploring this nook of the High Sierra.
Day 5: Break camp and hike down to the Pine Creek Trailhead (5 miles). We'll load into the cars parked at our exit trailhead and transport over to the cars parked at the Mosquito Flat Trailhead where we'll have our Sierra Spirit signature closing ceremony. We plan on arriving at our cars by 5 pm. Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks included. Trip Ends: around 5 pm Sun. August 17.
Meeting Place: 5 pm Thursday August 13 at East Fork Campground west of Tom's Place on Rock Creek Road in inyo National Forest.
Directions: From Mammoth Lakes go south on US 395 for approximately 13 miles. Take the Tom's Place exit and follow Forest Service Highway 12 (Rock Creek Road) west for about five miles. From Bishop go north on US 395 for about 30 miles. Take the Tom's Place exit and follow Forest Service Highway 12 (Rock Creek Road) west for about five miles. The campground will be on the left.
Rated Moderate: Trail hiking 4-5 miles daily with elevation gain and/or loss of 1000'-1500' at altitude while carrying a backpack. While this is a beginning backpack trip, we will be hiking at high altitude, up to 11,000 feet. Daily mileage will be 3-5 miles on trail with and without a 35 lb. backpack. Ideally, you would have had experience at altitude to know how your body may react but this trip is a good, safe way to discover how your body does react to altitude.
Register: Contact Karen at 925-229-8133 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for queeries or to request trip registration materials. Limited to 10 participants and 3 guides.
Some guests find it advantageous to arrive a day or 2 early to accommodate jet lag and high altitude acclimation. Parson's Resort at South Lake is a good high altitude place to stay. Camping in the area is also an option. See recreation.gov
to reserve campsites in Inyo National Forest.
Recommended Airport: Las Vegas, Nevada. We recommend you rent a car and drive to our meeting place. Confirm with Sierra Spirit that the trip has reached the minimum number of hikers before you book airline tickets.
GEAR: see the Client Info. Tab above. Feel free to give me a call at 925-699-6953 should you have any questions regarding the gear list.
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