Thousand Island Lakes
Lee Vining, CA5.0 (3 reviews)
- Dazzling High Country
- Area's Largest Lakes
- Stunning Camps
- Mountain Solitude
- Serenity & Profound Beauty
- Wonderful Alpine Day Hiking
- Top-notch Guides & Cuisine
Explore the high country of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range along The John Muir Trail and the famous Pacific Crest Trail on this 5 day alpine adventure! Escape the crowds of Yosemite National Park and venture deep into the solitary reaches of the lesser known, but equally beautiful, Inyo National Forest. Camp along the banks of Thousand Island Lake and admire Mount Banner and Mount Ritter from camp as they dominate the skyline and reflect boldly in the vast island-speckled lake. Camp on the shores of pristine lakes, day hike into the alpine zone, soak up breathtaking scenery, and enjoy some of the best hiking in California!
$1385 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 30-40 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 5-10 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 3900 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 3900 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained with some off trail sections
- This trip includes on-trail hiking, off-trail hiking, rugged terrain, moderate terrain, and significant elevation gains and losses. This variability of terrain and level of physical demand are what give this trip a Level 4 difficulty rating.
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Eastern Sierra backpacking trip a solitude 3. You can expect hours of solitude at a time.
TRAVEL TO LEE VINING, CALIFORNIA
All Eastern Sierra trips begin and end in Lee Vining at the iconic Mobile Station at 6PM on Day 1 of their trip. Lee Vining is east of Yosemite National Park at the junction of Highways 395 and 120. There are multiple way to reach Lee Vining:
The primary gateways if driving (or flying in and then driving) are Reno, NV; Fresno, CA; and Sacramento, CA. Lee Vining is a 2 hour and 40 minute drive south of Reno on Highway 395; and it’s 4.5 hours from both Fresno and Sacramento.
By Rail and Bus
From Fresno or Yosemite:
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) is offering 4 bus rides each direction from Fresno to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. From Tuolumne Meadows, you can catch a second YARTS bus that will drop you off directly at the Mobile station in Lee Vining. Please note that busses arrive at the Mobile at 8:42 AM, 4:47PM or after 7:30PM.
Eastern Sierra Transit’s CREST service offers transportation from Reno’s airport and Greyhound Station to Lee Vining, CA.
From the San Francisco Bay Area:
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) offers service from Merced, CA to Yosemite Valley and in the summer, continuing service to the Eastern Sierra, with stops in Lee Vining. There are many options for travel between the Bay Area and Merced, including Greyhound and Amtrak.
Travel by Air
Fly into Mammoth Yosemite Airport and take Eastern Sierra Transit’s CREST service north to Lee Vining.
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.3
- 4 People: Rate x 1.1
- 5+ People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person