High Sierra Adventure - 4 Days in the Emigrant Wilderness
21 miles in the Emigrant Wilderness
August 10-13, 2023
4 days/3 Nights on the Trail
$795 per person
$995 with Gear Rental
This trip is rated moderate
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!
*Airfare and ground transportation not included but we can help arrange car rentals and carpooling.
*We reserve the right to adjust the route based on overall group dynamics and safety.
Powell Lake at Sunrise
Travel Day – August 9th: 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 Powell Lake, finishing a challenging 5 miles at beautiful Chewing Gum 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 – August 14th: 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.
Map of the 4-Day Emigrant Wilderness Route
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.”
No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $200 per person. Just click the Registration with Gear Rental 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, fanny pack, and trekking poles. (Additional $80 shipping if we have to ship/fly your gear to you or to the trailhead.)