Longstreet Highroad Guide to the California Sierra Nevada
By Mark Grossi
Northern and Central Sierra
Crystal Springs Llamas, 2478 Rimrock Road, Placerville, CA 95667. Phone (530) 642-1120. Training people how to pack and use llamas. No rentals or guide service.
Sierra Nevada Llama Treks, 3394 Cimmarron Court, No. 2, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Phone (530) 676-7536. Renting llamas and guiding backpacking treks for all skill levels into the Central Sierra. The company emphasizes backpacking without leaving a trace.
Reid Horse and Cattle Company, headquarters, 1540 Chandler Road, Quincy, CA 95971. Gold Lake Pack Station & Stables, phone (530) 836-0940. Bucks Lake Pack Station & Stables, phone (530) 283-2532. Greagle Stables, phone (530) 836-0430. Offering trail rides, family pack trips, horse programs for children's camps, and wagon rides.
Great Basin Guides, PO Box 2841, Truckee, CA 96160. Phone (530) 587-5412. Offers guided llama treks in the Northern Sierra. Families with children are welcome.
Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite backcountry trips in warmer months. The winter address is PO Box 4010, Sonora, CA 95370. Phone (209) 532-9663. Rents horses for riding and packing. Also offers horseback riding pack trips.
Yosemite Trails Pack Station, 8314 Santa Fe Drive, Chowchilla, CA 93601. Phone (559) 665-1123. Rides on scenic trails for families, groups, or individuals. Instruction included. Family and group rates offered.
Minarets Pack Station, Southern Yosemite National Park, PO Box 15, O'Neils, CA 93645. Phone (559) 868-3405. Offering flexible trips where the packer can drop off campers, backpackers or fishing enthusiasts in their favorite places, or guide an entire trip.
D & F Pack Station, Badger Flat and Edison Lake, winter, 14153 Oakview Drive, Prather, CA 93651. Phone (559) 299-4451. Offering flexible pack trips for people who want to be dropped off or guided, fishing trips, and guided horseback riding.
High Sierra Pack Station, based at Edison Lake, Florence Lake in summer. The winter address is PO Box 1166, Clovis, CA 93613. Phone (559) 299-8297. High Sierra-guided rides on horses, guided overnight trips, and walking mule trips.
Muir Trail Ranch, Blayney Meadow, PO Box 269, Ahwahnee, CA 93601. Phone (209) 966-3195. Offering horseback rides and pack trips on strong, sure-footed horses that were born and reared in the Sierra. Visitors can stay in a tent cabin by a river or in a log cabin with a bathroom.
Lost Valley Pack Station, Blayney Meadow, 2352 Magnolia Court, Hanford, CA 93230. Phone (559) 584-9132. The pack station is located at Florence Lake during warmer months, and it offers burros as pack animals. Also, packing and placing of food cache are available for long-distance backpackers.
Balch Park Pack Station, Garfield-Redwood Grove, PO Box 852, Springville, CA 93265. Phone (559) 539-3908. Offering a variety of guided trips, horse rentals, and pack animals. Special photography and fishing trips available.
Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Trains, PO Box 756, Springville, CA 93265. Phone (559) 539-2744. Guided horseback tours and pack trips offered. Food, shelter, and showers are available at the lodge, but bring your own bedroll.
Horse Corral Pack Station, Big Meadow Road, Sequoia National Forest, PO Box 701, Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633. Phone (559) 565-3404. Offering horses to ride, pack animals to carry gear, and several types of guided trips.
Frontier Pack Train, Star Route 3, Box 18, June Lake, CA 93529. Phone (760) 648-7701. Offering pack trips into wilderness areas, rides on cattle drives, and trips for fly fishing.
Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit, Box 1070, Bridgeport, CA 93517. Phone (760) 937-0326. Offering four-, five-, or seven-day trips in the Inyo National Forest and Yosemite National Park for groups or families. Special group rates.
Reds Meadows Pack Station and Agnew Meadows Pack Train, PO Box 395, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Phone (760) 934-2345. Overnight accommodations available at Reds Meadow Resort with a reservation. Pack trips are available to more than 100 lakes.
Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit, PO Box 61, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Phone (760) 934-2434. Offering custom mule pack trips for all skill levels. Hike or ride an animal into the high Sierra.
McGee Creek Pack Station, Route 1, Box 162, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93456. Phone (760) 935-4324. Guided rides allow visitors to see the McGee Canyon and a 12,000-foot pass opening to remote sections of the John Muir Wilderness.
Rock Creek Pack Station and Mount Whitney Pack Trains, PO Box 248, Bishop, CA 93515. Phone (760) 935-4493. Offers rides on cattle drives, guided pack tours, horseback riding, and packing schools. Trail rides are 4 to 12 days long.
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