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California High Sierra Family Hiking

Explore & Camp in the Ansel Adams Wilderness

 

Gather the family together for a fun-packed camping adventure in the heart of Ansel Adams Wilderness - one of the best-kept secrets of the High Sierra, located on the southeast edge of Yosemite National Park. Be wowed by spectacular vistas, sweeping granite ridges, dazzling alpine lakes, and wildflower-strewn meadows. Spend your days exploring this stunning mountain environment on moderately paced hikes for all ages. Plus swim, fish, relax at camp, and even learn backpacking skills from expert guides - who make amazing mentors to inspire a life-long love of the outdoors. This is a perfect week-long summer camp for the entire family.

  • Experience the wonders of the Ansel Adams Wilderness on this backcountry camping adventure designed for the whole family

  • Hike, swim, fish, stargaze and learn the skills necessary to camp in the backcountry - great for first-timers in the wilderness!

  • Follow scenic trails high in the Sierras with an option to tackle a 10,000-foot peak

Arrive:

Fresno, California

Depart:

Fresno, California

Price: from $3,895

Duration:

6 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-13 Guests

Min Age:

9 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

4 Days of moderately paced hikes, tailored for ages 9 and up, stopping along the way for rest breaks, and with options for swimming and fishing. Plus learn insights into wilderness survival.
Learn more here.

  • Arrive in Fresno

    Day 1

    Check in at the DoubleTree in Fresno any time after 4pm. Meet your guide and group at 6pm in the main lobby for a trip orientation. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel restaurant.

    Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno

    Conveniently located near a variety of entertainment and dining options, the DoubleTree Fresno is clean and modern, and offers all the amenities necessary to rest and recharge on your MT Sobek adventure. The hotel boasts a fitness center, heated pool, atrium, in-house restaurant, bar, and café. Each room features a flat screen HDTV, comfortable bedding, electronics dock, and room service from 6am-10pm.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Head into the Ansel Adams Wilderness

    Day 2

    Wake for a packed breakfast before meeting at 7:30am to drive to the pack station and Ansel Adams Wilderness trailhead with your guide. Along the way, enjoy a brief stop at the small village of Bass Lake where you can pick up any last-minute items. From the trailhead, you'll hike approximately 6 miles to a centrally located lake, where basecamp awaits.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Ansel Adams Wilderness

    Your Ansel Adams Wilderness camping experience is a wonderful way to enjoy the glittering lakes and majestic peaks of the Sierras up close and without the crowds. We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, bear cans, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (daypacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents) upon request with no additional fee. Settle into your remote surroundings and delight in excellent "Backcountry Gourmet" meals cooked up by your expert guiding team.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with breaks, with 1,709' elevation gain and 322' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Upper Lakes

    Day 3

    Today, follow your guide through the pristine upper lakes basin via established on- and off-trail hiking routes. Our guides excel at customizing the itinerary to meet the needs of families, so exact destinations and distances vary depending on the preferences of the group members. The day ends with swimming at our lakeside camp and stargazing.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Ansel Adams Wilderness

    Your Ansel Adams Wilderness camping experience is a wonderful way to enjoy the glittering lakes and majestic peaks of the Sierras up close and without the crowds. We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, bear cans, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (daypacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents) upon request with no additional fee. Settle into your remote surroundings and delight in excellent "Backcountry Gourmet" meals cooked up by your expert guiding team.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/1-6 miles hiking with breaks, with 500' to 2,000' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Alpine Peaks & Lakes

    Day 4

    After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides, set out again to explore the surrounding area. An optional summit hike to one of the nearby 10,000'+ peaks that make up the southern border of Yosemite National Park is a possibility. You can also fish and swim at other nearby alpine lakes, depending on your interest, or learn backcountry wilderness skills from your expert guides.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp Ansel Adams Wilderness

    Your Ansel Adams Wilderness camping experience is a wonderful way to enjoy the glittering lakes and majestic peaks of the Sierras up close and without the crowds. We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, bear cans, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (daypacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents) upon request with no additional fee. Settle into your remote surroundings and delight in excellent "Backcountry Gourmet" meals cooked up by your expert guiding team.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/1-6 miles hiking with breaks, with 500' to 2,000' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Back to the Trailhead

    Day 5

    After a leisurely morning, bid farewell to camp and follow the path back to the trailhead. Expect a 4pm departure from the high country, returning to the DoubleTree in Fresno via a private shuttle. After cleaning up at the hotel, the whole group will enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner together.

    Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno

    Conveniently located near a variety of entertainment and dining options, the DoubleTree Fresno is clean and modern, and offers all the amenities necessary to rest and recharge on your MT Sobek adventure. The hotel boasts a fitness center, heated pool, atrium, in-house restaurant, bar, and café. Each room features a flat screen HDTV, comfortable bedding, electronics dock, and room service from 6am-10pm.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with breaks, with 322' elevation gain and 1,709' elevation

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Fresno

    Day 6

    Rise for a relaxed breakfast and then transfer back to Fresno Airport for your homeward-bound flight. Call us for more family trip ideas in North America and around the world!

    Meals: Breakfast

California High Sierra Family Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading trip in the Sierras for 50 years, working with the best local guides to create truly outstanding hiking adventures.

Reason #02

This unique family trip is especially tailored for all ability levels so that everyone can enjoy the entire wilderness experience.

Reason #03

We make it fun! It's like summer camp for the whole family with opportunities to bond on the trail and around crackling camp fires.

Meet your guides

Sierra Zacks

Sierra Zacks

Sierra was born and raised on the entrance road to Joshua Tree National Park and spent her early years hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding in the park and the nearby high Sierra. She went on to graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Ecology and Plant Biology. During this period, she worked UC Santa Cruz's Adventure Outings Department where she led climbing, backpacking, and river trips. She now spends her summers in the High Sierra leading trips and exploring the beautiful landscape. In her free time you can find her rock climbing, botanizing, or birdwatching in the mountains.

Alex Kendrall

Alex Kendrall

Alex grew up in Concord, New Hampshire exploring the mountains of New England. It was here that his spirit and passion for adventure began. Alex's passion for shared wilderness experiences has culminated in a degree in Outdoor Education and certifications from the American Mountain Guiding Association (AMGA). Moving to California was the culmination of a dream come true, where he is able to combine his passion for climbing with a career in guiding. He has a tremendous amount of experience in the backcountry and great leadership qualities which endear him to MT Sobek travelers.

Activities

Moderately paced hikes, tailored for all ages, with options for swimming and fishing. Plus learn insights into wilderness survival.

Lodging

Full-service hotel to kick off the adventure, followed by MT Sobek tented camps with spellbinding views in the heart of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Climate

Average temperatures are between 70°F-80°F in the daytime and 40°F- 50°F at night.

FAQ

Is this really family friendly?

Absolutely! This trip takes you into one of the world's most beautiful places - the Ansel Adams Wilderness - where we will be based for 3 nights at the same beautiful camp. This means you can hike with your kids as much as you like, or stay back and swim, fish, or play games. This is heaven for outdoorsy families!

How Do I Prepare for This Trip?

Training is paramount to the enjoyment and success of your trip. We recommend exercising in the months prior to your trip to bolster sustained cardiovascular/aerobic activities as well as core and leg strength. Day hikes, preferably on hilly, off road terrain, is the best way to train for our trips. Activities such as cycling and step-master type machines are also excellent and preferable to a routine comprised solely of running.

How are the meals while camping?

We provide meals starting with dinner on day one through dinner on day 5. Our "Backcountry Gourmet" meals have been acclaimed in Sunset Magazine. We take pride in providing excellent meals even in remote surroundings.

What will the packstock do?

Mules will be carrying all of our equipment and your personal gear on Day 2 and Day 5. We won't be hiking with the mules nor camping with them. You will need to pack your personal belongings efficiently into one mid-sized compression sack or duffel as outlined in our pre-trip materials. You are welcome to pack anything extra in your daypack.

What about bears?

There are black bears in the Sierras, but there are no brown or grizzly bears. We will use bear proof food storage, so as not to attract snacking bears. In very rare instances, black bears have shown dominance by bluff charging, especially when guarding cubs. This is very rare, and no one has been seriously injured by a black bear in Yosemite.

What camping equipment is provided?

We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, bear cans, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (daypacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents) upon request with no additional fee.

  • 2021
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 13 - 18, 2021
    $3,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$500 single supplement

    Special Offer

    $250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $4,495 per person double occupancy

8 to 13 guests from $4,195 per person double occupancy

	

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Thank you, one of our specialists will be contacting you shortly.

Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.