"Wilderness Experience" made accessible to
and individuals who enjoy walking and primitive camping,
but who may not be up to the rigorous demands of backpacking...
Valley Pack station is located 90 miles east of Fresno at
the east end of Florence Lake in the John Muir Wilderness
Area. At certain times of the year, LVPS will spot pack
in the John Muir
Wilderness along the South Fork of the San Joaquin
River between Blayney Meadows and the North entrance to
Kings Canyon National Park. There are many fine secluded
camping sites along this seven mile section of the San Joaquin
River Canyon. All are within a comfortable one day walking
distance from the trail head at Florence
Lake for most hikers (from 4 to 11 miles).
Spot Packing to a Base Camp is ideal for families and hiking
groups whose members include a wide range of ages and/or
levles of ability. The packer meets each scheduled party
at our corrals at the South end of Florence Lake and hauls
your camping equipment, food and personal gear to a previously
chosen site, returning for it on a pre-arranged date. The
hikers carry lunch in a light day pack and walk at a pace
which allows them to enjoy the scenery along the trail.
Trips are scheduled and confirmed well in advance by phone,
mail, or email. They are done by horse or mule with a load
limit of 150 lbs of your gear per
animal. The cost is $125 per
day for each pack animal and $250 per packer (one
packer is required for every 4 pack animals). ALL
OF OUR PARTIES ARE WALKING PARTIES. WE NO LONGER RENT SADDLE
**PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Spot Packing allows you to include more comforts (and small
luxuries) in your camping gear and cuisine. Larger tents,
comfortable beds, playpens for toddlers, solar showers,
camp stoves, lanterns, family sized cooking pots and cold
chests for a few fresh food items, all make camping with
a family more comfortable. Because your gear is packed in
and out of a base camp by a packer, you don't have the responsibility
of managing and caring for the pack stock during your stay
in the wilderness.
A well located Base Camp allows a wide range of activities
to suit the needs of all members of each party. For those
who wish to stay close to camp, there is great fishing in
the San Joaquin or a short hike to golden trout in Salley
Keys and Sanger Creeks. Local trails through meadows and
woods offer wildflowers and spectacular views. The Pot Holes
Gorge and Blayney
Hot Springs are unique attractions. (The latter
is accessible only when the river is low enough to ford.)
Later in the season there are great swimming holes along
the river, and there is always the lazy comfort of a hammock
and a good book.
For the more ambitious, there are four distinctly different
alpine regions suitable as day hikes or easy overnights.
Piute Canyon, Salley Keys Lakes and Selden Pass, Evolution
Meadow, Lower Goddard Canyon, Heather Lake, Mosquito Pass
and Upper Indian Lake are all within reasonable day hiking
distance from our canyon.
42814 Cedar Springs Rd.
Auberry, CA 93602
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Sierra Pack Station is another spot packer.
Their main location serves the Edison Lake area but they
also have a sper station that packs the Florence Lake area.
Muir Trail Ranch provides cash drops in the
Florence Lake area but provides spot packing only for Ranch
Pack Outfit provides one and two day Drop
Camp services in the Dinkey Creek, Wishon Reservoir and
Courtright Lake areas.
for a Yosemite National Park area packer?
Trails Pack Station
- "Located on Highway 41, two miles from Yosemite's
south entrance, the Yosemite Trails staff has served
visitors from around the world for over 35 years."
Services include: trail rides, overnight pack trips,
chuckwagon jamboree, horsemanship camp, sleigh rides,
and winter trail rides.