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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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 4808RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
California

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,149
Program No. 4808RJ

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Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
Starting at
1,149

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.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 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.
South of Yosemite
by John Muir
The classic account of John Muirs travels through the Central and Southern Sierra.
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.
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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6 days
5 nights
16 meals
5 B 6 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival and check-in at 10:00 am, ferry across Florence Lake, lunch, brief orientation and hike to base camp
Blayney Meadows, California
L,D
Blayney Meadows

Morning: Arrive at Florence Lake registration site. Participants need to observe the 10:00 am check in time. This allows time for the 30 minute ferry ride to pack station corrals at the trail head, lunch and the 4 mile hike to reach base camp by 5pm. Luggage will be transported separately.

Lunch: A buffet lunch is served at the pack station immediately after the ferry ride across Florence Lake.

Afternoon: After a brief orientation, participants divide into small groups and hike 4 miles to the Blayney Meadows base camp with guides. When they reach camp they are given refreshments, tent assignments and time to settle in and take showers before a social hour at 5pm (snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are provided).

Dinner: A delicious home cooked meal is prepared in our kitchen and served at the campsite.

Evening: Participants and staff gather around the campfire for introductions and a brief presentation of essential information and procedures. A short presentation about the history of "Lost Valley" and an informal (optional) campfire end the evening.

DAY
2
Introduction to camp area, guided hikes to local points of interest and evening program on the history of Blayney Meadows and the surrounding areas.
Blayney Meadows, California
B,L,D
Blayney Meadows

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast, at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Orientation walk around camp area, Native American camp site, introduction to our Library on Sierra Nevada natural history and human history.

Lunch: Lunch break - Participants eat lunch at a place of their own choosing within the camp area, either at the campsite, or at some scenic spot near the meadows or river.

Afternoon: Guided hikes to local points of interest, free time, showers, social hour (snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages provided).

Dinner: Dinner is served at the campsite following the "social hour".

Evening: An evening program on Sierra human history presented by a local author/historian and (optional) informal campfire. Optional "star walk" may be offered depending on viewing conditions.

DAY
3
Choice of guided field studies/hikes all morning and into the afternoon, and optional afternoon art activities or hot springs visit and evening program about the human history in the Sierras
Blayney Meadows, California
B,L,D
Blayney Meadows

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast, at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Guided natural history field hikes (choice of available options)

Lunch: Lunch break at a scenic spot on the trail.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue, most return to camp by 2pm. Optional art activities (instruction and materials provided) or walk to local hot springs/lake available for participants who are interested, free time to relax, shower, etc. Social hour snacks and drinks provided at 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Evening program/ slide show followed by (optional) informal campfire. Optional "star walk" may be offered depending on viewing conditions

DAY
4
Choice of guided hikes to points of interest all morning and into the afternoon, optional afternoon activities
Blayney Meadows, California
B,L,D
Blayney Meadows

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break.

Morning: Choice of several hikes to local points of interest ( ranging from longer, challenging hikes to low impact walks) or in camp activities.

Lunch: Lunch at a scenic spot on the trail for those on hikes, or in camp for those who choose to take a day off from hiking.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue. Participants returning from shorter hikes have the afternoon free to relax, read, etc. (optional art activities are available). Social hour snacks and drinks provided a 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Short informative evening program and campfire for those who wish to participate

DAY
5
Choice of guided field studies/hikes all morning and into the afternoon, and optional afternoon art activities or hot springs visit, evening program / campfire
Blayney Meadows, California
B,L,D
Blayney Meadows

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast, at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Guided natural history field hikes (choice of available options)

Lunch: Lunch break at a scenic spot on the trail.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue, most return to camp by 2pm. Optional art activities (instruction and materials provided) or walk to local hot springs/lake available for participants who are interested, free time to relax, shower, etc. Social hour snacks and drinks provided at 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Final campfire and closing activities.

DAY
6
Hearty breakfast in camp then hike with guides back to Florence Lake, ferry ride and departures
Blayney Meadows, California
B,L

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served at the campsite, participants pack personal gear and assemble sack lunches.

Morning: After breakfast participants carry their personal gear to the packing area beside the campsite and begin the return hike to Florence Lake with their guides.

Lunch: Most participants choose to eat their sack lunch at Florence Lake while waiting for the ferry.

Afternoon: Participants take the ferry across Florence Lake, pick up their personal gear at a designated spot near the parking area and begin their journey back to civilization.






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