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Sierra High Route Backpack with SYMG

National Geographic Adventure Magazine chose the Sierra High Route as one of the Best New Trips for 2010 in their October issue. SYMG is the first company to offer guided departures on sections of the 195-mile extreme trek from Southern Kings Canyon to Northern Yosemite. The Sierra High Route is an official name for an unofficial trail that runs mostly above timberline through the heart of the High Sierra. It is rumored that more people attempt and climb Mt Everest each year than attempt and complete the Sierra High Route.

  • Enjoy the alpine country traveling on and off trail through class II and class III terrain
  • Experience the "freedom of the hills" traveling this classic cross-country route through the High Sierra
  • Follow sections of Steve Roper's published route, away from crowded trails

Accommodations: 

  • 1st night's stay at Tuolumne Meadows Campground
  • 7 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)*

Transportation:

  • Day 2 private shuttle from Tuolumne Meadows Campground to starting trailhead

Gear:

  • All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.
  • Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents

Food:

  • Starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch at Tuolumne Meadows Grill on Day 7
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
  • Hot tea or coffee served each morning

See website for full 7 day Itinerary and booking.

Section Hiking the SHR:  The Sierra High Route spans 195 miles roughly paralleling the John Muir Trail. Author Steve Roper details the trail breaking it into five sections. We also approach the trail in a similar manner and will offer a different section depending on group interest in that particular year. The sections are as follows:  

  • Cirque Country:  Kings Canyon to Busy Basin.  39 miles
  • Whitebark Country:  Dusy Basin to Lake Italy.  42 miles
  • Lake Country:  Lake Italy to Devils Postpile.  39 miles
  • Headwaters Country:  Devil's Postpile to Tuolumne Meadows. 47 miles
  • Canyon Country:  Tuolumne Meadows to Mono Village.  28 miles

Travel & Logistics:  Your trip begins and ends at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. We recommend driving your own vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1. Plan to arrive at the campground by 5pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. If you're driving to Tuolumne Meadows, you can leave your car at Lembert Dome parking lot for the duration of your trip. We will return to Tuolumne Meadows on the last day and enjoy a celebratory meal as a group around 12-1pm.

Terrain:  The Sierra High Route occurs at elevations between 9,000 and 11,500. About a third of the route follows maintained hiking trails. The remaining portion of the route travels off trail on cross-country routes that include granite slabs, scree fields, on loose talus and through meadowlands.

Training & Preparation:  Hike, hike and hike some more. The Sierra High Route is a committing trip where you have minimum mileage each day. Endurance is the key to your enjoyment. Participants should have experience on long backpacks such as the John Muir Trail, Trans Sierra Trail or on other significant undertakings. You should be aerobically and cardiovascularly fit, and should train by working out, carrying weight (up to 40 lbs), and hiking stadium bleachers up & down. Examples of getting prepared include: Hiking on and off-trail immediately prior to the trip; participating in longer backpacks along the JMT, TST or along other high country trails. Reading “The Guide to the Sierra High Route” by Steve Roper may also be helpful.

Prior Experience:  We strongly encourage having recent backpacking experience or practice before embarking on a section of the SHR. The most successful people on these trips have completed several backcountry trips carrying a fully weighted pack (35-40lbs) for 3-5 days. If you do not have this experience, we recommend joining us on a "shake-out" trip prior to joining the Sierra High Route trip.


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Starts: September 13, 2020

Occurs: Every day until September 19, 2020
Time: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Yosemite National Park
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Phone: (800) 231-4575 or (559) 642-2817

Email: info@symg.com

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