If you love being in the Sierra,
you'll love mule pack trips!
All the joys of backpacking and more without carrying a pack!
Reports for the 2014 Trips are available.
2015 Trips are completed.
2016 Trips can be seen in late November
The Mule Pack Section
conducts camping trips in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
of California lasting between four and seven days. Most trips start on the
east side, from Lone Pine in the south to Yosemite in the
north. Because mules carry 35 to 55 pounds of each
food, and supplies, you can enjoy the
beauties and activities of the Sierra without the burden of
a heavy backpack and with a greater variety of food, a
larger tent, and other amenities not possible on a typical
trail to Saddlerock
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|Each summer, you can usually choose from five to ten trips
to different locations. On the first day, mules carry our gear
while we hike separately to our selected campsite in a scenic
wilderness area, typically at an elevation of 9,000 to 11,000
feet We set up our base camp and on the "layover" days
enjoy hiking, fishing, reading, relaxing or whatever activity
the participant chooses.
|All activities are informal and unscheduled. In the evenings,
we enjoy the traditional Mule Pack Happy Hour -- a potluck that
often serves as dinner -- that includes goodies contributed by
participants and wine provided by the Section. The
provides an opportunity for everyone to decide the next day's
activities and hike destinations. If wilderness regulations
allow, a campfire is part of this event. On the last day, the
mules return to pick up our gear and we hike out, looking
forward to next year's adventure.
|Each participant must bring
his/her own gear and food, tent, stove, water filter, and
equipment necessary for a backcountry camping trip. A small
folding chair is allowed for luxurious comfort.
Mule packs are great opportunities for all lovers of the
- People who actively
backpack and appreciate an occasional opportunity to be free
of the weight
- Couples who enjoy the
outdoors but one of them does not backpack
- Folks who have left their
backpacking days behind
- People who want to enjoy
the beauty of the Sierra in relative comfort
- Peak baggers (up to class
2 when the leaders are 'I' rated)
- Fishing enthusiasts
- Wildflower fans
Kelley's Tiger Lily
|Some of the popular destinations
that Mule Pack trips have visited in the past are
Fourth Recess Lake
Lillian & Lady Lakes
Big Pine Lakes -
Dorothy - Genevieve Lakes Basin
Thousand Island, Garnet, & Ediza Lakes
Upper Pine & Honeymoon Lakes
Yosemite Park: Bernice Lake, Boothe
Lake, Evelyn Lake, Glen Aulin, Hetch
Hetchy area, Sunrise Lakes, & Vogelsang
|McGee Creek Area
Sabrina Lake Basin
year's trips to make your choice, then contact the leader
for more information
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|Last update: 10/10/14