Spoorhiking, Emigrant Wilderness



Join me on a beautiful six-day backpacking trip through the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness, just north of the Yosemite National Park! This hike will take you or your group along pristine lakes, through pine tree forest and past granite mountain peaks. The Emigrant Wilderness is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and one of my favorite backpacking locations. I have been exploring this region since I was a kid and will guide you through this wild backcountry.  

Spoor Hiking, Zack Tell, Camp Lake, California


DATES: 21 - 26 JUNE / 16 - 21 AUGUST


What to expect

Never been backpacking before or just want to get out there? No problem, with Spoor Hiking you will get the full experience of the wild. From learning to use a map and compass to pitching your tent near a warm campfire (where permitted).

This trip will take you on an adventure through the backcountry of the Stanislaus National Forest. We will be carrying our supplies with us and sleeping in tents under the stars each night. On the trail all meals will be provided and we will cook together.

Along the way you will learn how to backpack responsibly in the wild: wilderness cooking, setting up camp, making a campfire where permitted, using a map and compass to orient yourself and using the 'leave no trace' practices. 

You and your group will do all of this with the help of your guide, who has over 20 years of experience in hiking, camping and backpacking.


Day 1

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Meet at the Kennedy Meadows trail head between 7:30-8:00am. Hike from Kennedy Meadows to fist campsite (Sheep Camp).

Distance: 12 Kilometers
Elevation: +743 Meters
Provided: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2

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Sheep Camp to Emigrant Lake via our first mountain pass, with optional hike around Emigrant Lake.

Distance: 12 Kilometers
Elevation: +295 / -295 Meters
Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3

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Hike through to Huckleberry Lake, beautiful views of the wilderness area.

Distance: 11 Kilometers
Elevation: +96 / -384 Meters
Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4

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Cascading lake hike past Buck Lakes and Deer Lake in the heart of the wilderness area.

Distance: 10 - 12 Kilometers
Elevation: +268 / -57 Meters
Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5

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Continue hiking through the heart of the wilderness area experiencing all the Sierra Nevada's have to offer.

Distance: 10 - 12 Kilometers
Elevation: +225 / -106 Meters
Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

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Last day spent hiking out back to Kennedy Meadows trail head.

Distance: approx. 11 Kilometers
Provided: Breakfast and Lunch


What we offer

  • A 6-day/5-night backpacking trip where you join me as your guide
  • All meals and snacks from the time we enter the wilderness and until we return
  • Water filtration system (for drinking water)
  • An expert guide with many years of experience in this wilderness
  • An information packet detailing all aspects of the trip including a more detailed gear list
  • Help with renting any gear that you might need
  • All wilderness passes and permits

What we do not provide

  • Transportation to and from the trail head
  • Accommodation the night before and after the trip
  • Flights
  • Personal Insurance
  • Gear for the trip

I can help you or your group with these things upon special request – additional fees may apply.

Gear you will need

  • A tent/tents depending on the size of your group (preferably a 3-season tent with a tarp if it is not built in)
  • A backpacking backpack of 60-75 liters for our 6-day trip
  • Clothing for the trip, preferably light-weight clothes you can wear several times
  • Hiking shoes and socks

I can help you rent any of this gear at no additional fee.

Spoor Hiking, Camp Lake, California



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