Eastern Sierra Backpacking

Explore the jagged granite peaks, the sparkling lakes, and the serene meadows of the Eastern Sierra with a guided backpacking trip! Backpacking is one of the best ways to disconnect for a couple of days and explore new zones that you wouldn't explore otherwise! We can teach you how to backpack if it's your first time, or show backpacking experts new zones!
Backpacking in the Eastern Sierra in Little Lakes Valley at sunset
Hiking on talus during a guided backpacking trip in Little Lakes Valley above Gem Lakes in the Eastern Sierra
Climbing over talus on a guided backpacking in the Eastern Sierra above Little Lakes Valley

Overview 

Explore endless lakes and miles of trail with a guided backpacking trip in the Eastern Sierra! Whether it's just you or friends, or you want to send your kids on a life-changing backpacking trip, we can plan a trip to suit your wants and needs!

Trip Options (Just to name a few)

Thousand Island Lake & Rush Creek - 3 Days

Regarded as one of the most spectacular lakes in the Eastern Sierra, Thousand Island Lake is just one of the stunning lakes you will get to see on this three day hike throughout the gorgeous Ansel Adams Wilderness. 

Throw in a summit of the highest peak in the Ritter Range at 13,143 feet, Mount Ritter if you really want to up the ante! 

Little Lakes Valley - 2-3 Days 

An aptly named valley, you will pass by what seems like endless lakes carved by glaciers and surrounded by wildflowers. Although the access is fairly easy, this hike starts at over 10,000' and shouldn't be taken too lightly! 

Lake Virginia via Pike Lake and Ram Lake - 4 Days

Venturing off the beaten path rewards you with less crowds in a lofty granite basin filled with sparkling lakes and serene meadows. If you're lucky, you might even have your own alpine lake to swim in and your own beach to hang out at!

Requisite Experience 

Good physical fitness is recommended for this trip! If you're not sure how many miles you want to hike or how many days you want to be out, contact us! We will pick a route that is appropriate for your skill level and fitness.

Equipment

If you're planning on loving backpacking and want to buy all your own gear, we can set you up with a comprehensive list of everything you will need! If you want to rent gear to try it out first, we can set you up with one of our partners that will get you dialed with everything you need!

    Backpacking in the Eastern Sierra in Little Lakes Valley at sunset
    Hiking on talus during a guided backpacking trip in Little Lakes Valley above Gem Lakes in the Eastern Sierra
    Climbing over talus on a guided backpacking in the Eastern Sierra above Little Lakes Valley
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    Dates

    Available Dates

    May - October

    Prices

    Contact us for pricing! Pricing varies based on the number of people and number of days.

    Equipment

    Backpacking - Gear Guide

     

    Sleeping

    • Sleeping bag - Down or synthetic, rated 15-25 degrees
    • Sleeping pad - closed cell or inflatable
    • Pillow (backpacking specific inflatable, or just use a jacket)

    Hiking

    • Backpack - Internal frame, 60-75 liters in size
    • Trekking poles (optional but recommended)
    • Hiking shoe or boots

    Eating/Drinking

    • Lightweight bowl and spork
    • Insulated mug

    Layers

    • Hard shell with a hood
    • Soft shell hiking pant
    • Lightweight long underwear bottom
    • Lightweight long underwear top
    • Midweight insulating layer
    • Insulated down or synthetic jacket
    • Synthetic Tee shirt
    • Warm hat/beanie
    • Sun hat/ball cap
    • 2 Pairs of socks
    • Synthetic shorts and/or swimsuit
    • Underwear/sports bra

    Food and Water

    • Ability to carry two liters of water - please have at least one hard sided water bottle/Nalgene
    • Snacks and Lunch for each day

    Other Essentials

    • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
    • Lip Balm (with SPF)
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp
    • Toilet paper
    • Lightweight trowel
    • Baby wipes
    • Lighter
    • Small ziploc bags
    • Toiletries - meds, toothbrush (small), toothpaste (small), blister kit
    • Ear plugs (for sleeping)
    • Stuff sacks (for organization)
    • Multi tool/pocket knife
    • Insect repellent

    Group Gear Supplied by Blackbird Mountain Guides

    • Guide’s First Aid Kits
    • Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)
    • Repair Kits
    • Tents
    • Stoves
    • Fuel for stoves

    Know Before You Go

    Location

    Eastern Sierra, CA

    Elevation

    4,000 - 14,000'

    Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪

    Technical difficulty depends on your goals and desires for the day!

    Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪

    Physical difficulty depends on your goals and desires for the day!

    Trip Length

    2-4 Days (or more depending on your desires)

    CONTACT US FOR 2022 DATES

    Email us to schedule custom dates and pricing for your program!

     

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