High Sierra Adventure - 4 Days in the Emigrant Wilderness

21 miles in the Emigrant Wilderness

September 19-22, 2024

 4 days/3 Nights on the Trail

now just $595 per person

now just $895 with Gear Rental

This trip is rated moderate

 Imagine hiking through evergreen forests under bright blues skies, enjoying 360 degree views from rocky summits, camping by and swimming in pristine alpine lakes, and taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This is the High Sierra Nevada Mountains of California! Your registration includes a 21-mile, 4-day, 3-night wilderness backpacking adventure, training meeting before the trip, a food-kit with all meals on the trail, and spiritual guidance every morning and evening. Not to mention spectacular High Sierra views and the memories of a lifetime! This is truly an epic adventure!

 Trail Description:

 *We reserve the right to adjust the route based on overall group dynamics and safety.

Powell Lake at Sunrise

Travel Day: You’ll need to fly into San Francisco the day before our adventure. (airfare not included)

Day 1: We’ll leave the airport hotel in the morning and head out for the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elev. 8,580 ft.) stopping for a bite to eat on the way. We’ll hit the trail and hike East through a Sierra Pine forest, past a small Sierra tarn, finishing a challenging 3 miles at beautiful Powell Lake (elev. 8,695 ft.) for night one.

Day 2: Today, we’ll continue hiking East some 7 miles stopping for lunch in Whiteside Meadow. Then it’s on to Toe Jam Lake, a warm Sierra lake perfect for fishing and swimming. In fact, one of our participants caught 15 trout at this lake!  

Day 3: Today we begin the trip back toward the trailhead. We’ll hike a shortish 5 miles, backtracking west to a large, level granite and sand camping area at Y-Meadow Lake, the largest Sierra lake on our journey.

Day 4: It’s a quick 6 mile day back to the Gianelli Cabin trailhead, where our vehicles will be waiting. We’ll drive back to San Francisco staying at one of the hotels (reservation not included) close to the airport. We’ll head into town that evening to enjoy an amazing dinner where we’ll share our highs and lows from the trip.

Travel Day: We fly back to our homes with new friendships and new memories that can only be forged over  4 days in the Sierra wilderness together!

*Your registration does NOT include airfare to San Francisco, ground transportation to the trailhead, or hotel lodging in San Francisco. However, we can help you arrange rental carpooling.

No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $300 per person. Just click the High Sierra 4-Day with Gear button and we’ll get you set up with all the gear you need including backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, camp chair, headlamp, extra batteries, water filtration system, water bottles, fuel, stove, cookset and utensils, and trekking poles. 

Y Meadow Lake

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Operated under Special Use Permit on the Stanislaus National Forest.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.”

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