September 7 – 16, 2017

Status FULL: Contact Trip Leader for Waitlist
Cost $1905.00 per person (Double occupancy for hotel stay)
Travel Dates  September 7, 2017 to September 16, 2017
Description Join us on an amazing backpacking trek across Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney. The inspirational journey traverses some of the most remote, least- traveled regions of the Sierra before culminating with an ascent of Mt. Whitney (elevation 14,505 feet), the highest point in the lower 48 states. The hiking part of our trip consists of 8 days and nights of immersion in pure beauty. You’ll hike 75 miles, with over 20,000 feet in cumulative elevation gain and 13,000 feet in cumulative elevation loss…all while surrounded by breathtaking views and areas of exceptional splendor.

This trip is considered very strenuous and for those with previous backpacking and backcountry wilderness experience. We will practice “Leave No Trace” principals and minimizing our impact on the environment. The Trip Leader, in cooperation with the Outfitter, will send out monthly emails with special emphasis on conditioning. The Leader and Outfitter will be strict about fitness levels and backpacking abilities required for this trip.
Each day we will enjoy a full breakfast, trail lunch and dinner prepared by our guides. All served in the restaurant of the great outdoors.

Our trail days will begin with a wake-up call then breakfast and be packed and trail ready by the times indicated on the daily itinerary. We will generally hike for about 2 hours, take a short break and continue hiking until around 12:00 when we will stop for a group lunch. We’ll then hike for another 2 hours, take a short break and continue hiking until reaching our camp for the night. The mileage and hours of hiking each day as described are approximate and may vary slightly depending on water crossings (via bridge or wading), the terrain, altitude and the elevation gain and loss.

Dinner will be served around 6:00 each evening. After dinner, we will have a short meeting to discuss the day we just experienced and plans for the following day. Our campsites are not designated but generally are established and near water. At lower elevations there is usually only a fire ring and flat ground. At higher elevations, you’ll never know we were there when we leave! We will have flexibility in where we camp based on trail conditions, the pace of the group and weather. There will be several campsites where we’ll be able to have a campfire. And stargazing is always available!

This trip is going to be an unforgettable off the beaten path experience which will challenge your body while soothing your soul. C’mon out…the adventure awaits!

Included Transportation from Fresno airport to hotel in Clovis on Day 1; hotel stay on Day 1; All meals in Clovis prior to hike, group gear and equipment meeting; personalized pack check; transportation from hotel to the trailhead, all meals and snacks back-country; post hike group lunch, transportation from trailhead to Clovis; licensed and experienced guides; all gratuities
Not Included Airfare, travel expenses from hotel in Clovis to Fresno airport on Day 10; Trip insurance is not included in the trip price and is very strongly recommended.
Payment Policy A Deposit of $600.00 is due with the Application forms to register for the trip.

Must have at least 10 participants registered by 3/01/17 for the trip to go. The Balance of $1305.00 is due no later than 4/01/17.

Cancellation Policy
  • If registrant cancels prior to 3/1/17, all payments received by ADK minus $100.00 will be refunded.
  • After 3/1/17, refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100.00 will be refunded.
  • Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever.
  • If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.
Accommodations and Meals
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.
Daily Itinerary Plan to arrive at the Fresno airport between 11:00am and 3:00pm at a meeting place to be determined. We will have transportation (included) to our hotel (included) at the Comfort Suites in Clovis. Meet for dinner (included) and group meeting at 6:00 at a local restaurant. Our guides will join us and discuss our itinerary, gear and equipment and also offer a pack check.

Day 2: Friday, September 8: – Drive to trailhead, overnight camp

After breakfast (included) at our hotel, our guides will pick us up at 12:00pm and we’ll stop at a local Delicatessen and order a lunch (included) to go. We’ll start our two hour drive to our trail head in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. On the way, we’ll stop at Grant Grove Visitor Center for about two hours to eat our lunch and take a short mile and a half walk through Grant Grove to view the giant Sequoia’s, including the General Grant Tree. The final hour drive will wind us deep into the Sierra’s where we’ll arrive at our camp near the trail head around 4:00. We will set up camp, review the trail and talk about safety issues. We will have a light dinner around the campfire as we prepare for an early start on the trail the following morning.

Day 3: Saturday, September 9: – Route: Horse Corral to Sugarloaf (moderate) 9 to 10 miles/7.5 hours

Our hike today begins near Big Meadow at 7,800′ and heads uphill to around 9,300′. We then descend to stream crossings and down to camp at 7,500′ near Sugarloaf. While the grade is moderate, expect this day to be among the toughest.

Day 4: Sunday, September 10: – Route: Sugarloaf to Big Wet Meadow (moderate) 9 to 10 miles/8 hours

Our hike today consists of a trail that undulates upward, with multiple crossings of pristine creeks and one roaring river. We climb to near 8,500′ for our camp below granite cliffs and spires. At this camp, we almost always have curious deer wander through.

Day 5: Monday, September 11: – Big Wet Meadow to Colby Lake (intense uphill) 5 to 6 miles/5.5 hours

Our hike today starts with a stiff climb that will bring us to one of the prettiest campsites in the Sierra: Colby Lake at 10,600′. A mid-afternoon swim, the chance to catch fresh trout, and the most amazing display of stars anywhere makes this camp special.

Day 6: Tuesday, September 12: – Colby Lake to Junction Meadow (intense uphill, long intense downhill) 10 to 12 miles/9 hours

Our hike today begins early with a 1,400′ ascent which will get us to Colby Pass at 12,000′ where we can view the Kern Canyon and the Mt. Whitney group. A long and often steep descent will get us to the Kern River for a crossing at 8,000′ just before camp. This is the most challenging and difficult day but also the most breathtaking.

Day 7: Wednesday, September 13: – Junction Meadow to Crabtree (moderate uphill) 8 to 10 miles/8 hours

Our hike today is a long and gradual climb on very good trail that will meet up with the John Muir Trail. We then follow an undulating trail to camp near Crabtree Meadows at 10,800′. Our goal is to camp at the postcard-perfect, hidden, top secret campsite that has an awesome view of the backside of Whitney.

Day 8: Thursday, September 14: – Crabtree to Mt. Whitney and back (intense up and downhill) 12 to 14 miles/10.5 hours

Our day hike (with just a light day pack) today starts very early, before sun-up, to get us to the top of Mt. Whitney at 14,507 feet by lunch (weather permitting). The adrenaline will be flowing as we move past Guitar Lake, up the switchbacks, and parallel the Hitchcock peaks. After signing the summit book and taking pictures (you can also call home from the top) we’ll hike back to camp.

Day 9: Friday, September 15: – Crabtree to High Desert Camp (moderate to moderate- intense) 8 to 10 miles/7.5 hours

Our hike today finds us climbing to near 11,000′ then a mid-afternoon descent to 9,000′ and then a climb back to 11,000′ for our High Desert camp near Rock Creek.

Day 10: Saturday, September 16: – High Desert Camp to Horseshoe Meadows (moderate) 9 to 11 miles/7 hours

Our hike today starts early with relatively flat trekking to get us to Chicken Spring Lake before lunch. We will cross over Cottonwood Pass and then descend the eastside of the Sierra. After an opportunity to shower and have a late lunch (included) in Lone Pine, we’ll load the vehicles and head back to Clovis arriving between 6:00 and 8:00pm. You are free to spend the night (not included) in Clovis or begin other travels plans.


A suggested packing list will be provided with special attention on the forecasted weather. Each participant will be given a bear proof canister and expected to carry between 10 to 15 pounds of group food and equipment in addition to their own personal belongings. Also, tents (one or two person), sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available from our Outfitter at no charge. Advise Leader if any of these items are needed.

We will be meeting at the Fresno airport at a designated place to be determined. Please plan on arriving at the airport between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Do not make your flight arrangements until Leader tells you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.

Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.



Trip Leader Mary Chayka-Crawford 
PO Box 501 Lake Orion, MI 48361