Sierra Mountain Backpacking Trip - AdventureTripr

United States

Sierra Mountain Backpacking Trip

duration: 3 days

difficulty: Moderate

group size: 5

experience: Intermediate


This guided trip will take you to some of the most beautiful destinations in the area. You will be passing through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, hiking alongside Shadow Creek, and taking in views of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. Get introduced to Thousand Island Lake along the way and set up camp for our last night at Badger Lakes.  

This is an introductory backpacking trip for those who are seeking adventure and looking to get a bit out of their comfort zones. You will hike into the alpine, carrying what you need, and seeing beautiful mountains, forests, and alpine lakes. This route provides a little something for everybody. If you want to get out and get after it, you can do the full loop. Or if you would rather rest, relax, and take in the views, then the shorter loop can be accommodated by camping on the rock slabs at Garnet Lake, then dropping back to the river trail at Agnew Meadows.  

Much of the route will be along the Nüümü Poyo, also known as the John Muir Trail. Nüümü Poyo is the original name for these trails which were used as trade routes, built and maintained by the Paiute and Shoshone tribes. In Paiute, the name Nüümü Poyo means the People’s Trail.  

Please note that we need at least 5 people to run this group trip. In the event we do not receive minimum bookings, your entire booking amount will be refunded.  

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Day 1: Arrival and Gear Check

You will meet in Mammoth, do a gear check, and then take the Red’s Meadow shuttle to Agnew Meadows. From here you will take the River Trail along the San Joaquin River, past Sierra Junipers with their papery bark and spreading branches. A short steep climb takes you to the glacial bowl holding beautiful Shadow Lake. Here you will find a great swimming rock for the brave. Then follow Shadow Creek and climb to camp near the junction with the JMT (John Muir Trail).  

Distance - 4.9 mi/7.8km , 1250 feet of gain/550 feet of down  

Meals: Lunch, Dinner  

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On day 1, for 2 days

You will be camping for 2 nights in the different campsites based on double occupancy in the tents provided by the guiding company. But you are required to bring your own sleeping bag and pad.  



All meals
Admission fees
Guide fees
Local guide


Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance
Personal gear
Airport transfer

Do not forget to arrange for the requisite passport, visa and travel insurance, if you are booking an international trip.

We try our best to ensure accurate and up-to-date guide information, but in some cases this may change due to emergencies or other unforeseen guide scheduling challenges. In any case, another highly-rated, certified guide with similar experience would lead your trip and you will be kept informed of any such case.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that we need at least 5 people to run this group trip. In the event we do not receive minimum bookings, your entire booking amount will be refunded.  

Once the trip is confirmed we will let you know. If you cancel after the trip is confirmed you will get a refund of 75% of the trip value up to 90 days before the trip departure.  

Cancellations between 45-90 days get 50% refund.  

Cancellations made less than 45 days before departure will not be refunded.  


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$915 USD