Off the Map: A High Sierra Wilderness Adventure

John Muir spent a lifetime advocating for the protection of the Sierra Nevada. Come explore the remote wilderness he helped protect as you join experts for an alpine learning adventure.
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Program No. 4808RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Step out of the daily hustle and bustle to experience nature at its best in the John Muir Wilderness, the highly protected natural area that contains the most spectacular and highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Explore the remote landscapes of high country with local experts, examining hot springs, alpine meadows, igneous and metamorphic rock formations, rushing streams and evidence of glacial activity. Choose how you want to explore this secluded wilderness with different hike and nature study options, as you enjoy an educational escape in the High Sierra wilderness.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking four miles over varied terrain to reach base camp (personal gear will be transported). Optional daily hikes in wilderness environment. Elevations of 7,400-8,000 feet.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Learn to identify wildflowers and native grasses as well as a variety of trees, shrubs, birds and other fauna.
  • Discuss the history of the region including Native American presence, early explorations, ranching, Basque herders and the creation of man-made lakes.
  • Unwind with a dip in nearby hot springs or a sunrise yoga class facing the mountains.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited (or no) access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Exploring the Highest Sierra
by James Moore
One of the latest and most comprehensive books on both the geologic and human history of the Sierra Nevada.
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farquhar
A comprehensive account of the human history of the Sierra Nevada.
South of Yosemite
by John Muir
The classic account of John Muirs travels through the Central and Southern Sierra.
Sierra Nevada Natural History
by Tracy I. Storer and Robert L. Usinger
Overview of geologic history in addition to reference guide to flora and fauna found in the Sierra.

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