Sierra Nevada Adventure: Exploring John Muir’s Range of Light on Horseback
Immerse yourself in the Sierra Nevada’s rugged beauty, surveying the land on horseback and learning about the region’s history, culture and legends from local adventurers.
Program No. 10322RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Deep in the heart of the backcountry, accompanied by just your horse and a small band of intrepid adventurers, marvel at the lakes, forests and flower-filled meadows of the Sierra Nevada range. Ride the rugged trails of this unblemished natural treasure on horseback as you imbue your own spirit with the peace and tranquility of the John Muir Wilderness in August or the Hoover Wilderness Area in September. Learn about the Eastern Sierra’s human history, early exploration, and gain historical insight into this beautiful wilderness area.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Horseback riding approximately 5 to 9 miles a day, some experience preferred. Some easy hiking. Elevations of 9,000-11,000 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the rugged grandeur of the strikingly beautiful and remote John Muir Wilderness or Hoover Wilderness Area during horseback riding pack trips, led by High Sierra wranglers.
  • Enjoy insider perspectives of the history, culture and fascinating tales of this intriguing mountain wilderness shared by expert leaders.
  • In the serene mountain setting under a canopy of stars, enjoy an evening of live, toe-tapping music around the campfire with your fellow riders.

General Notes

Location and wilderness area varies by departure. For your safety and for the health of the horses, this program has a participant weight limit of 225 lbs., unless weight is proportional with height. In order to ensure your comfort and safety while journeying into the wild beauty of California's Eastern Sierra, participants will be required to fill out a Rock Creek Pack Station rider information form that requests this information before participating in the program. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Sheila Toner
Sheila Toner is a retired Army Colonel with a master’s degree in history from Hunter College. After retiring, Sheila rediscovered her passion for the outdoors. She co-authored the trail guide “American River Canyon Hikes,” and wrote the historical introductions to the “Images of America Series” on The Donner Summit and The American River Canyon. She is a former board member for the American River Conservancy. As a frequent Road Scholar group leader, Sheila enjoys sharing her love of nature and history with others.
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