Sierra – Ansel Adams Wilderness via Thousand lakes and Garnet

Duration : 4 days

The Ansel Adams Wilderness is a natural wonderland located in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada, 4h from Los Angeles. 

The area is composed of a large network of trails, connecting a multitude of Alpine lakes, lush green valleys, streams, meadows, forest and peaks above 14,000 ft.

It is surrounded by Yosemite in the west and Mount Whitney in the south, offering countless adventure opportunities.

This adventure requires a good level of physical fitness

Trip members should be capable of carrying a backpack weighing 30 pounds for distances of 5 miles per day for three consecutive days on rocky terrain with daily elevation gains/losses of up to 2,000′ at altitude reaching up to 10,000ft.
We will provide specific individualized training up to 12 weeks before the trip. A good base of fitness is required for this trip.

A great way to find out if you are fit is to speak to our guides

Book this trip

$1,890 / per person

Maximum: 6 participants
Upon signing up, You will be contacted to complete your booking

Your Adventure Itinerary

Prior to our trip, we will organize a get-together for fellow explorers and guides to meet. We will provide detailed tips and recommendation on what to bring (backpack, boots, clothing, gear etc..)
In order to make sure you are ready for your trip, we will work on a one-to-one basis, providing physical training and gear preparation. In the weeks and days leading up to your trip, you will be able to communicate privately with our guides via phone and WhatsApp, ensuring a personalized experience.
Please note that variants of this trip may be scheduled based on the season and everyone’s physical abilities.
 
This trip begins at the Mammoth Lakes ski resort parking lot, a 4h drive to LA. You can drive your own car or you may carpool in our adventure truck.

Day 1

Drive to Mammoth Lakes – Carsharing possible We will hike for two hours and acclimate to the elevation for the first night.

Day 2

We will hike 8.5 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail and gain 2,000 ft. This is a relatively challenging day with views ranging from lush green meadows to epic mountain vistas and forests.
Weather permitting, we can swim in the lakes. Fishing is also possible and recommended 🙂 We will set our tents, built a fire, cook and camp within the solitude of Thousand Island Lake, one of the world’s finest backcountry alpine lake.

Day 3

We will climb up a pass separating Thousand Island Lake and Garnet Lake and camp at Garnet Lake, a stunning lake located at the base of Mount Banner providing beautiful views and reflections of the surrounding Mt Ritter and Mt Banner, two of the largest peaks forming the Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada. Expect some snow and parts of the lake to be frozen well into July.

Day 4

We will hike back to our car, stop for a quick celebratory drink and drive back to LA.

How do I qualify for this adventure?​

This adventure entails carrying a backpack up to 25-30lbs over rocky terrain, high elevation gain and miles in various weather conditions.

 

The best way to know if you qualify is to speak directly to one of our guides.

Gear

We provide exclusive access to wholesale discounts on your favorite outdoor brands

 

We will provide detailed recommendations on what gear to buy. We can lend some equipment based on needs.

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