Little Lakes Valley Backpack

Little Lakes Valley with Bear Creek Spire in the background

Little Lakes Valley with Bear Creek Spire in the background

Little Lakes Valley Backpack

August 5-9, 2017
Group size: maximum of 7 (6 guests, 1 guide)

One night at the trailhead, three nights in the John Muir Wilderness.  This is an easy itinerary to some of the most beautiful lakes in the High Sierra.  Perfect for your first backpacking trip.  Great for families with children.  Some off-trail travel.  Bring a camera and a swimsuit!

Trip fee: $1,050 per person
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Included: all meals starting with dinner day 1, through lunch day 5; water filters, camp stoves, pots, pans and related kitchen gear; wilderness permit, maps and experienced guide (ORE/CMA founder Roddy McCalley will lead all trips in 2017).   Basic gear (backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad) can be provided for a small additional fee.  


Day 1: Saturday, August 5

Camp location: Mosquito Flat Trailhead, elevation 10,250'
Meet at Mosquito Flat Campground, 3pm.
Orientation to area, gear check and introduction to Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics.
Guide prepares dinner in camp.

Day 2: Sunday, August 6

Camp location: Box Lake, elevation 10,500'
Hiking distance: about 2 miles with packs
Breakfast in camp at Mosquito Flat. Overview of day.
ABCs of packing.  Break camp, hike to Box Lake. Lunch at Box Lake.

Discuss appropriate campsite selection and LNT principles.  Make camp at Box Lake. Take a nap, explore the area.  Take it easy, you will still be adjusting to the elevation!

Guide and participants prepare dinner in camp.

Day 3: Monday, August 7

Camp location: Box Lake, elevation 10,500'
Hiking distance: 3-6 miles without packs

Breakfast in camp.  Bring lunch food with us.  Day-hike destinations may include Hidden Lakes or the Treasure Lakes depending on group energy level.  Both of those involve off-trail travel, so we'll discuss navigation by map and compass.  Introduction to local flora and fauna.  It's fun to learn the names of things!  

Guide and participants prepare dinner in camp.

Day 4: Tuesday, August 8

Camp location: Gem Lakes, elevation 10,800'
Hiking distance: 3 miles with packs, plus optional afternoon hike without packs

Breakfast in camp at Box Lake. Overview of day. Break camp, hike to Gem Lakes.  Participant-led activity: campsite selection. Apply what we learned on Monday.  Lunch in camp at Gem Lakes.  If feeling energetic, strenuous afternoon hike up to Dade Lake, elevation 11,500'.

Guide and participants prepare dinner in camp.

Day 5: Wednesday, August 9
Hiking distance: 3 miles without packs, 5 miles with packs

After breakfast in camp, hike without packs to the stunning Treasure Lakes.  Review of off-trail navigation with map and compass.  

Return to Gem Lakes, break camp, hike out via trail to Mosquito Flat.



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