July 15-19, 2020
Our July bus trip will take us to the Hoover Wilderness Area in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. Running along the eastern slopes of the Sawtooth Range, this wilderness encompasses some of the most spectacular high alpine landscapes in the Sierras. Between Yosemite National Park to the west and the Great Basin to the east, the Hoover Wilderness is home to soaring jagged Sierra peaks, glistening alpine lakes and lush meadows. Hoover Wilderness Area has relatively little timber throughout much of its steep terrain. Its forests are composed of scattered groves of hemlock, pine, aspen, and cottonwood. Diverse wildflowers spread over its meadows, and black bears are common.
The Hoover Wilderness Area was one of the original units of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It was established as a Primitive Area in 1931, then as a Wild Area in 1957. In 1964, Congress designated it as a Wilderness Area.
Our trip will provide an option for campground tent-camping as well as multiple backpacks of varying degrees of difficulty. We will travel in a chartered, air-conditioned bus and spend the first night together at Pine Glen Campground in Mammoth. Participants must provide their own meals and camping equipment. Please check the information under the resources tab for more information about what to bring. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation and information about an optional pre-trip meeting to meet your leaders and ask questions (highly recommended for first-timers). A hand-out will also be available with suggestions about what to pack, weather, safety tips, etc . Please check out the documents found under the Resources Tab for more information. Visit our Trip Rating System to determine which Backpacking Trip is right for you.
Type of Trip: Car Camp with Day Hikes
Trip Name: Honeymoon Flats Campground/Dayhikes
Event capacity: 16
Our campsite at Honeymoon Flat (7,000), is outside of Bridgeport, near Twin Lakes. The dayhike format will allow us to sample some of the most beautiful locations in the area. This trip is intended for hikers who are fit, have had recent experience at altitudes up to 10,000 ft, and want to explore the area by hiking each day. We will hike at a moderate pace on well-used trails, with ample stops for snacks, lunch, and enjoying our surroundings. On Day One (Thursday) the bus will drop us off at Twin Lakes (7,080 ft) where we will hike to Horse Creek/Horsetail Falls (M5C). We will time our return for the arrival of the bus which will take us to the campground to set up camp for the weekend. On Day Two (Friday) the bus will return us to Twin Lakes where we will hike to Barney Lake (M8C). On Day Three (Saturday) the bus will take us to Virginia Lakes where our plan is to hike to Summit Pass (M6D). It is our goal to finish our hikes to finish in time to stop for a quick snack or supplies at the “resort” amenities near our trailheads before returning by bus to our campground. Of course, all of our hikes may be modified due to weather and trail conditions, as well as the needs of the participants.
Trip Name: Basecamp Frog Lake
Leader: Michael Taylor, Assistant Leader: Melody Eues
Trip Rating: H2B
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 2, Number of Backpack Miles: 4 Number of Day Hike Miles: 17
We will hike two miles from the Virginia Lakes trailhead and set up our base camp at Frog Lake (10,400’). Photogenic granite crags form the backdrop to the north of the lakes. Dunderberg Peak fills the skyline to the northeast. Stunning scenery of the high jagged peaks and mountain lakes will provide a true Sierra backcountry experience. We will do day hikes to explore Hoover Lake (9,800’), Gilman Lakes (9,500’) (H9C) and Summit Lake (10,183’) (H8C).
Trip Name: Barney Lake, Peeler Lake, Crown Point Loop
Leader: PJ Jeffery, Assistant Leader: Sonya Shaffer
Trip Rating: H8D
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 2, Number of Backpack Miles: 16, Number of Day Hike Miles: up to 20
Our trip will take us through glaciated valleys, alongside alpine lakes, and under the watchful eye of towering, rugged peaks. Along the way, we will take time to swim, relax and enjoy the not-to-be-missed scenery. Hiking through fields of wildflowers and aspen groves, we will pass beautiful Barney Lake and climb up to our camp near Robinson Lake. Friday we will hike to Crown Lake, Snow Lake and possibly climb Mule Pass. Saturday we will pack up and hike back to the main trail; stashing our packs for a day hike over to Kerrick Meadow. Returning to our packs, we will pack down to camp past Barney Lake (about 4 miles) for an easy backpack out on Sunday morning. We can stop at the campground for showers and a snack before boarding the bus for the return trip. Much of our hiking will be at or near 10,000 feet. Participants should be comfortable hiking at elevation with a backpack.
Trip Name: Green Creek to Virginia Lakes
Leader: Mike Fry, Assistant Leader: TBD
Trip Rating: M6C
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 4, Number of Backpack Miles: 11, Number of Day Hike Miles: 12
We will hike 3.5 miles from the Green Creek Trailhead to East Lake where we will camp for two nights. On our layover day there are options for a 12 mile loop hike that will take us back to Green Creek, then up and over Virginia Pass. Once over the Pass we hike South through Virginia Canyon to the trail that heads East to Summit Lake, then back to East lake. Another option for the layover day is a shorter hike to Summit Lake and back. On the third day we hike approximately 6 miles from East Lake up and over Summit Pass to the Virginia Lakes area, and camp within 2 miles of the Virginia Lakes Resort. Day 4 offers an easy hike into the Resort where we can shower or eat at the restaurant before being picked up by the bus.
Name of Trip: High Lakes, Canyons and Passes of Northern Yosemite
Leader: John Plander, Assistant Leader: April Armijo
Trip Rating: H13E
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 4, Number of Backpack Miles: 39, Number of Day Hike Miles: 0
Starting at the Twin Lakes and ending at Virginia Lakes, join an intrepid group of backpackers on a challenging whirlwind loop through Northeastern Yosemite National Park. On our 39-mile trek, mostly on well-established trails, we will skirt more than a dozen azure lakes, traverse three high alpine passes, and walk the entirety of Virginia and Matterhorn Canyons. Whorl Mountain and Virginia and Matterhorn Peaks, just to name a few, will provide an unsurpassed backdrop as we travel above timberline and through lush treed meadows full of Sierra Spring wildflowers. We will camp adjacent to lakes every night, including Return and Miller. Superior fitness, a brisk pace, and an enthusiastic attitude are essential to enjoy days up to 13 miles and a climb of 3800’ on the first day. The leader favors early morning starts to enjoy warm afternoons swimming in invigorating lakes adjacent to campsites.
Hoover Wilderness Bus Trip - Staff and Leaders
This trip signup is for LEADERS ONLY.
Event capacity = 12
Total Capacity is limited to 49 participants (including leaders and assistants)
Registration Opens: June 6, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.
Pre-trip Meeting: TBD
Departure: July 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Return: July 19, 2020 at approximately 9:00 p.m.