Backpacking & Hiking

Sierra Mountain Center (SMC) hires only the best backpacking guides in the Sierra Nevada, and offers a wider range of California hiking destinations that any other guide service. We were the first company to guide the John Muir Trail and then expanded our offerings to include lesser known classics such as the Sierra High Route. Sierra Mountain Center deals with getting permits, packing food, and other logistics like shuttles. We employ eager, experienced guides to show you our local mountains and what John Muir called “California’s Incomparable Range of Light”.

New to backpacking? Check out SMC’s backpacking school!

Two of our most popular backpacking trips enter Yosemite: from Mammoth to Tuolumne or Mammoth to Yosemite. We also offer a Women’s Only hiking version of both of these trips. Or if you really want to get off the beaten path and experience more solitude, head out on our White Mountains Crest Hike or the Sierra High Route (SHR). For something different try out Half Dome Hike or if you no longer want to carry that big pack then consider one of our pack stock supported trips where you are hiking with the mules or horses doing the hard work of carrying your gear.

No matter your backpacking skill level — from beginner to experienced hiker — SMC can show you the finest routes and best guided hiking experiences.

Call our office at 760 873-8526 to set up your trip.