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Yosemite Saddle Trips

High Sierra Camp Saddle Tours ... an unforgettable adventure

Mule Trip up the Merced River Canyon Trail

Visit Yosemite's High Sierra Camps and view the grandeur of Yosemite’s famous wilderness on the back of an experienced mule.  You will forge a unique bond with your long-eared, sure-footed friend over 4 or 6 days, as you travel between High Camps along trails the U.S. Cavalry rode a century ago. View some of the most beautiful country on this earth, such as alpine lakes and meadows, massive granite outcrops, and an abundance of native flora and fauna as you meander along the high country trails on the back of your new best friend.

A Typical Day

Wake to a delicious and filling hot breakfast at the High Sierra Camp. When you're finished, the guide/packer will already have your mule at the hitching post, ready to go. You'll spend between 3 - 5 hours in the saddle during the day, with numerous stops along the way for lunch, relaxation, and photo opportunities. Arrive in the next camp in the mid-afternoon with plenty of time to explore or just plain relax before a hearty dinner, prepared by High Camp staff.

Download detailed information on how to prepare for a High Sierra Camp Saddle trip.

Saddle Trip Information

A Yosemite Guide Packer

6 Day Saddle Trip 2016

Dates of Departure: July 19, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28 (7 trips) conditions permitting
Camps visited: Glen Aulin, May Lake, Sunrise, Merced Lake, and Vogelsang
Cost: Saddle Trip Prices include lodging, meals, mule and packer guide.

4 Day Saddle Trip 2016
There are two options on the 4 day Saddle Trip:

North: camps visited are Glen Aulin, May Lake, and Sunrise.
Dates of Departure: July 21, 28 Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1 (7 trips) conditions permitting

South: camps visited are Sunrise, Merced Lake, and Vogelsang
Dates of Departure: July 17, 24, 31,  Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, (7 trips) conditions permitting

Cost: Saddle Trip Prices include lodging, meals, mule and packer guide. See our High Sierra Rates for more details on pricing.

*Children must be at least 10 years old and have riding experience to participate in overnight saddle trips.
*Riders must be under 225 lbs. Weight limit for your belongings is: 25 lbs. (including 10lbs on the mule that you ride, and 15 lbs. on a separate pack mule).

Join us for a Saddle Trip through the High Sierra!
Learn how to apply for the High Sierra Camp Lottery for next season or call us at (559) 253-5672for availability during the current season.

Please Note: Rates are per person, and do not include tax or gratuity. Additional costs are associated with additional persons. Additional child and adult rates are available. Package may not be combined with other discounts, packages or special offers. No refunds for early check out or unused portions of package. Offer subject to change with NPS approval. Cancellations in 14 days or less are not refundable. Between 15-30 days, there is a 70% refund. All bookings are subject to a non-refundable $10 per person handling fee. For more information call (559) 253-5672.

Meet Madonna

Hi! My name is Madonna. I am 11 years old and a Belgian-cross draft mule, and this is one of my wranglers, Katie. I love working with Katie because she grew up around horses and mules and really knows what she's doing. I have been taking riders out to the High Sierra Camps for five years. Would you like to take a saddle trip with me or one of my associates?