Backpacking II: Stepping Up and Out Weekend

For this trip we add in some easy cross country travel along a spectacular ridge crest with great views of the central area of the Sierra and the Palisades.

The trails are rougher than on our Backpacking I program and we have a little bit of travel above treeline above beautiful lakes. This is a step up in difficulty both on the trail and in terms of distance per day, but is still not a strenuous trip. We aim to expand your skills and knowledge, making you more comfortable in the mountain environment and ready to take on more challenging adventures.

While you will have a guide along on the trip, we also want you to learn the necessary skills to get out yourself. We will guide you through all of the gear and tasks that you need to figure out. We will do the chores of cooking and setting up camp but you are invited to help out as much as you wish and learn new skills. We will talk about Leave No Trace practices and how to work those into what we do so as to take care of the mountains that we all value and cherish.

Return to Sierra Backpacking & Hiking

Day 1
We meet in Bishop and do a complete equipment check to make sure you have everything you need for the adventure – and also to make sure that you are not taking too much and trying to carry too much weight. You will also have the opportunity to pick up anything you are missing in Bishop before we leave.
Then we carpool to the trailhead at Lake Sabrina. Along the way we drop a vehicle at the exit so our shuttle is ready for when we come out. We skirt Lake Sabrina and then climb steeply to our camp alongside Lake George. We have the rest of the day to set up camp, fish (with a license), relax or go for an off-trail hike to explore Thompson Ridge and Thompson Lake.

Day 2
We welcome the day, prepare breakfast, and begin hiking. There is a short climb before we head down the other side of the plateau to beautiful Tyee Lakes and the trailhead. We expect to be at the vehicles by early afternoon.

Distances and elevations
Day 1: Trailhead to George Lake, 3.5 miles, 1850 feet of gain, 220 feet of down
Day 2: George Lake to trailhead, 5.0 miles, 950 feet of gain, 2770 feet of down

Program Prerequisites:

No prior experience is required though you should be in fair to good physical condition.

Program Inclusions:

Price includes guiding, permits, tents, kitchen gear, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (you bring hot/cold drinks and snack items). Scheduled dates include USFS trail fees. Private programs do not.

Local accommodation is not included.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, Itinerary, and Equipment List
  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

PDF Maps:

Backpacking II Weekend Map

Rental Equipment:

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