This women-led introductory backpacking trip is designed for women to get out, meet other like-minded women, and learn backpacking skills! This trip will take you deeper into the wilderness and allow you to experience this beautiful mountain range up close. For three days and two nights, we will hike into the alpine, carrying only what we need and enjoying beautiful mountains, forests, and alpine lakes. Our route is a beautiful loop with highlights including Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, Banner Peak, Mt. Ritter, and the Minarets!


Price includes guiding, permits, tents, kitchen gear, shuttle to the trailhead, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We will leave vehicles at Mammoth Mountain during the trip. We will take the Devil’s Postpile shuttle to the trailhead. Shuttle is included in your trip price and is organized by SMC. Our meals are healthy and prepared by your guide before the trip. We use good quality dehydrated ingredients to make a variety of delicious, protein-packed meals.


Prior day hiking experience is required. No prior overnight experience is required but you need to be in good physical condition, able to walk 7 miles, and gain up to 1,800 feet daily while carrying a multi-day backpack.

Acclimatization & Physical Training

For proper acclimatization, we suggest spending at least one night at a moderate altitude, higher than 8,000 feet, just prior to the start of the journey. See our detailed tips on acclimatizing an physical training in the “Resources” tab.