Dinner: Enjoy a wine/cider social before heading over to a nearby restaurant for a delicious plated dinner.
Evening: Meet your fellow riding companions, and some of our wranglers from Rock Creek Pack Station. Get ready for a fascinating week as our wranglers talk with you about your upcoming horseback riding adventure.Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & SuitesMeals Included: Dinner
Enjoy a generous breakfast while the mules are being packed with our gear.
All of our activities take place in the John Muir Wilderness which extends along the crest of the Sierra Nevada for 90 miles in the Inyo and Sierra National Forests. Established in 1964 by the Wilderness Act and named for naturalist John Muir, it contains 581,000 acres. The wilderness stretches along the eastern escarpment of the Sierra from near Mammoth Lakes in the north, to Cottonwood Pass in the south.
Lunch: Picnic lunch on trail.
Afternoon: You’re deep in the heart of the backcountry…Rock Creek Meadow and the surrounding mountains are a photographer's paradise. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy....fish in nearby Rock Creek, rest or explore the area.
Dinner: Dinner cooked on the open fire, is served buffet-style as we sit in comfortable lawn chairs around our campfire.
Evening: Our evening campfire programs vary but typical presentations include the natural history of the area, the Donner Party, and exploration of the area. Topics may range from Baroque sheepherders to mountain lions depending on the staff and group.
Lodging: Sierra Nevada CampsiteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning: Today's ride takes us to beautiful Dorothy Lake. We travel through large aspens, timber pine and Mountain Mahogany and cross verdant mountain meadows. At the lake you might choose to try a swim in the snow -melt waters or try for a rainbow or eastern brook trout.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at the lake.
Afternoon: Return to camp after time on the trail in this scenic wonderland with some time for a hot shower and a bit of time to relax and visit with new friends.
Dinner: Our cooks surprise us with another excellent meal cooked on the open fire.
Evening: In the superb silence of the high Sierras, what could be better than the toe-tapping strains of music drifting through the air? Enjoy this evening's special treat as our fiddler arrives! Sing, clap, jump, dance or just relax and enjoy....under the star-filled sky!
Morning: Another could be better than another beautiful ride in the John Muir Wilderness to Francis Lake.... a sparkling mountain cirque!
Afternoon: A little more time on the trail and we return to camp.
Optional hike to nearby trees with Basque carvings or another opportunity to fish, relax and enjoy a hot shower.
Dinner: Food never tastes as good as a hearty dinner cooked outdoors over the open fire.
Evening: What will this evening's fare be? Another fun opportunity around the campfire with your new friends to learn about the area's fascinating natural and human history.
Morning: We help our guides pack up the gear and get a lesson on how to load a mule.
Depart our camp and head back along the scenic ridge route with spectacular views of the High Sierra and Rock Creek Lake!
Lunch: The cookhouse at Rock Creek Pack Station has been awaiting our arrival, busily preparing us a bountiful farewell lunch. Share contact information during our program wrap-up.
Then back to civilization with indelible memories of incredible landscapes, wonderful riding experiences and starry nights to carry you over until your next trip.
Afternoon: Program ends after lunch.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch