Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit


We are expecting a "later than usual" opening, this year, due to the abundance of snow!
Please take a look at trip options listed on the Rock Creek Pack Station website.
Riding and hiking trips are scheduled for the Golden Trout Wilderness in June, while Mustang Rides leave from the Pizona area in May.
Trips are generally 4, 5, or 7 days. We schedule them and you join them. You can sign up as a single, couple or book all eight spots with friends and family. Any way you choose to do it, you get great service and great food. We take care of all the camp chores. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.
Here's what one couple had to say about their experience on a Yosemite Base Camp Trip:
We can honestly say this was one of the best trips we've ever taken; we had a wonderful time.
I am not much of a rider but (apart from sore knees at the end of the first day) I found this no obstacle; it was clear to me within the first half hour that my horse not only was a sweetheart but knew every step of the way, and that I could just relax and enjoy sights I could not have seen without her, while she picked her sure-footed way to camp.

And things got only better - a comfortable tent, already pitched for us by the time we arrived; delicious, plentiful food; staff who were competent, considerate, and a joy to be with; gorgeous surroundings - a high meadow with an unpolluted creek running through it; a wide choice spectacular rides or hikes by day and a campfire and dinner and wine and good company by night. This was one of the happiest weeks of my life.

Patrick Daly
Charlotte Muse

Imagine waking up to this sight each morning!
Return Creek flowing down the middle of Virginia Canyon
The fishing is outrageous

Northern Yosemite Highlight Trips:
All-Expense Traveling Trips touring Northeastern Yosemite

Tuolumne to Bridgeport
August 13-19, 2017
7 Days
Ride north on the Pacific Crest Trail to visit the treasures of the Yosemite Wilderness. McCabe Lakes, Matterhorn Canyon, Smedberg Lake, Benson Lake and Kerrick Canyon are highlights of this journey. For a more detailed description of the Northern Yosemite Trail Ride click here.

Tilden Lake Trail Ride
Virginia Lakes to Leavitt Meadows
August 31-Sept 11, 2017
12 Days

  • Day 1: Virginia Lakes Virginia Canyon
  • Day 2: To Matterhorn Canyon
  • Day 3: To Smedberg Lake
  • Day 4: To Benson
  • Day 5: Layover
  • Day 6: To Stubblefield
  • Day 7: To Tilden Lake
  • Day 8: Layover
  • Day 9: To Grace Meadow
  • Day 10: Layover
  • Day 11: To Piute Meadow
  • Day 12: Out at Leavitt Meadows

Benson Lake Trail Ride
Sept 3-8, 2017
6 days
Begin and end at Twin Lakes
Itinerary subject to change, due to trail conditions. Please check with us for meeting location, just prior to the start of the trip.

The trip will depart from Twin Lakes. We will meet at Mono Village parking lot at 7am and have breakfast at Mono Village while we are packing the mules.
Over the next 6 days we travel deep into the heart of Yosemite.
Benson Lake is located at 7580 feet in the northern wilderness of Yosemite National Park and is known as ‘The Riviera of the Sierra’ due to its wide sandy beach.
The lake is name for Harry Coupland Benson who acted as superintendent in Yosemite from 1905 to 1908.
The first day we will travel from Twin Lakes to Lower Kerrick and the second day head out for Benson Lake. Spend a couple of layover days at Benson Lake fishing for rainbow and brook trout, swimming, riding and hiking (or simply relaxing!) in this wonderfully diverse area. Head back to Lower Kerrick then on to Twin Lakes.

More trips are available at Rock Creek Pack Station.

You won't soon forget the campfire stories!

High Sierra Wilderness Trips:

This ain't your local reservoir, so if you're lookin' for a crowd try somewhere else!

Spend four mind-clearing days relaxing while we take care of all the camp chores. Good fishing practically right out your tent door and scenery unmatched anywhere.


Don't forget plenty of extra film and batteries!
You too can become part of the VLPO family

Yosemite Base Camp Trips (scheduled or "build your own")

Four Day Scheduled Base Camps---Hoover Wilderness
Gilman Lake
$950 - riders
$640 - hikers

Start at Green Creek and ride into the Hoover Wilderness. High Sierra Camp at Gilman Lake in the heart of the Hoover Lakes Basin. Outstanding hikes and rides to Summit Lake, Hoover Lakes, East Lake and Green Lake.

Five Day Scheduled Base Camp in Yosemite's Virginia Canyon
$1250 for riders
$900 for hikers
Five days of riding, fishing, hiking, relaxing, or whatevering deep in the Yosemite back country. For the camping connoisseur or novice, this trip is hard to top.

Yosemite high Sierra camps –Yosemite and Hoover Wilderness areas

Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit –come see the uncrowded wilderness - on your OWN schedule

Enjoy as many carefree vacation days as you choose in the Yosemite or Hoover Wilderness with complete accommodations, including meals provided by a qualified packer and outfitter. We invite singles, couples, families and groups of all kinds to join others and enjoy beautiful scenery, good fishing, and have comfortable accommodations with meals. You can either hike or ride a horse or mule.
Our staff prepares generous, tasty meals with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. We provide tents and a comfortable camp... all you need bring are your personal items and sleeping bag. Relax and set your own pace. Excellent lake and stream fishing for Golden, Brook, Brown, and Rainbow trout, all within easy hiking or riding distance from camp. In addition to the camp cook, there is a wrangler to saddle your personal horse for daily rides. This is a family vacation everyone can enjoy.

To make reservations, let us know when, where and how many want to go for a fully outfitted open trip. This is the ideal service for those that don't find a scheduled open trail ride or hiking trip that fits their needs. WE PLACE CAMPS IN THESE AREAS
Area Rate
per person per day;Includes packing, saddle horses,tentage and meals.
Description of the area
Gilman Lake, East Lake in the Hoover Wilderness. Also, camps at Summit Lake available. $250 First time wilderness riders and families with children enjoy the ride on a scenic, yet gentle trail into Hoover Lakes Basin, where there are ten lakes ranging from alpine to the larger lower lakes
Yosemite –Virginia Canyon and Fishhook Lake $300 Cross the Summit into Return Creek to a central camp within easy reach of numerous lakes and streams.
Recommended for stays of five or more days.

Call us TODAY at (760)937-0326 for a quick response to your questions.
You can email us, also.

Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit provides all of its trips as a permitee of the Toiyabe National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

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Last Updated: August 11, 2017
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