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A micro-brew experience in a macro-alpine landscape with our local, "South Gate Brewing Company"
Help name the custom brew that is developed specifically for this trip
Explore alpine lake basins in Ansel Adams Wilderness

This unique departure is sure to please all of your senses, from aromatic craft beers to stunning mountain scenery! Our days will be spent exploring the rich mountain environment of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, located on the southern border of Yosemite Nations park. Here, you’ll find mile upon mile of sweeping granite ridges, spectacular vistas, wildflower-strewn meadows and a lifetime of fishing possibilities in hundreds of sparkling high mountain lakes via established on- and off-trail routes. There’s even the option of a peak ascent of one of the 10,000+ ft peaks making up the southern border of Yosemite! In the evenings, we’ll enjoy hand-crafted beers from the Southgate Brewery, including our own unique brew created just for this trip. You’ll have a chance to get some tips on brewing from the owner/brewmaster of Southgate during happy hour, as well as an insiders’ tour of the Brewery during the trip orientation. “Hopportunity” is knocking!


July 10 - 14, 2024Book now


July 9 - 13, 2025Book now


2023: $2495 per person
Price based on shared hotel occupancy
Single Room Supplement:
Requested $255, Forced $128

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Trip Itinerary

Ales and Trails - Day 1 - Meet your guides at Southgate Brewery in Oakhurst, CA Ales and Trails - Day 1 - Meet your guides at Southgate Brewery in Oakhurst, CA

Check in to the Pines Resort on beautiful Bass Lake anytime after 4pm. Meet your guide and group at 6pm at the Southgate Brewery in Oakhurst CA. We’ll have a short trip orientation including appetizers and your first Southgate beer. We’ll then have a tour of the brewery by the owner/brewmaster. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Ales and Trails - Day 2 - Enjoy happy hour at Lakeside Camp Ales and Trails - Day 2 - Enjoy happy hour at Lakeside Camp

We meet after breakfast at 7:30 am to drive to the pack station and trailhead. Your guide will accompany you. The drive is approximately an hour and it is your responsibility to drive to the pack station and trailhead. After dropping our gear with the packers, we’ll make our way to the trailhead. While hiking, you’ll carry just a daypack with some water, a camera, etc. We’ll hike approximately 6 miles into a centrally located lake where we will make basecamp. After a swim in the lake, we’ll have happy hour where you’ll be the first to enjoy the Southgate beer crafted especially for your trip. Dinner to follow.

6 miles, Elevation: +1709’/ -322′

Ales and Trails - Day 3 - Explore alpine lakes basin, enjoy dinner and drink pairings Ales and Trails - Day 3 - Explore alpine lakes basin, enjoy dinner and drink pairings

Today your guide(s) will lead a hike through the pristine upper lakes basin via established on- and off-trail routes. Exact destinations and distance vary depending on the preferences of the group members. The guides excel at customizing the itinerary to meet the preferences of the group. The day ends with swimming at our lakeside camp, happy hour, and stargazing.

Varies by trip 1-6 miles, Elevation: +2000’/-500′

Ales and Trails - Day 4 - Climb a 10,000'+ peak on the border of Yosemite Wilderness Ales and Trails - Day 4 - Climb a 10,000'+ peak on the border of Yosemite Wilderness

After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guide(s) we’ll set out again to explore the surrounding area. An optional summit hike to one of the nearby 10,000’+ peaks that make up the southern border of Yosemite National Park is a possibility. Also day hikes to other nearby alpine lakes with great fishing, swimming & photo opportunities are possible, depending on your own interests. Happy hour and dinner rounds out an exciting day in the high country.

Varies by trip 1-6 miles, Elevation: +2000’/-500′

Ales and Trails - Day 5 - Depart backcountry and return to Bass Lake Ales and Trails - Day 5 - Depart backcountry and return to Bass Lake

After a leisurely morning we’ll bid farewell to our cozy camp and make out way back to the trailhead. Expect a 4pm departure from the high country.

6 miles, Elevation: +322’/ -1709′

What's Included


  • 1st night’s stay in Pines Resort in Bass Lake
  • 3 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)

  • 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

  • Hand crafted South Gate Brewery beers daily
  • Starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 5
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
  • Hot tea or coffee served each morning

A Few More Notes

Travel & Logistics

This trip begins and ends in Bass Lake, CA. Plan to check in at the hotel after 4pm. You will meet your guides and group for your trip orientation at the South Gate Brewery in Oakhurst, CA. Transportation is not included in this departure, so you will need your own vehicle to get to the Pines Resort as well as driving to and from the trailhead. We’ll return to Bass Lake between 2-3pm.

About the packstock

Mules will be carrying all of our equipment and your personal gear into the basecamp. We will not be hiking with the mules- they we pass us on the trail, arriving to camp before us to drop off our gear and return back to their pack station. You will need to pack your personal belongings (not including tent, sleeping bag & pad) efficiently into one mid-sized compression sack or duffel as outlined in our pre-trip materials, weighing no more than 20 pounds. You are welcome to pack anything extra in your daypack.

Training & Preparation

This is designed as a beginner-friendly experience. While we recommend putting in time to prepare for your trip, we often have people that are newer to backpacking join us.

We still recommend getting outside before your trip to hike in the shoes or boots that you plan to wear and feel comfortable with your personal clothing and gear. If possible, it’s also a great idea to do some hikes with a weighted pack on to prepare well.

What's not included
  • Transportation to and from trailhead 
  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Fresno
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides and 3% for packers
  • Trip Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Evacuations

Trip Reviews

Karen G, 2016

Wow--the maiden voyage of Ales & Trails was a huge success! Thank you for all of your hard work to make this such a special trip. We all had so much fun at such a beautiful location and loved the excellent hiking. Everything was impeccably planned, and I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and creativity in accommodating the various eating restrictions (especially when you had a pescatarian and a gluten-free); the food was nothing short of fantastic!

Chuck F, 2020

Food was incredible. Our Guide Connor running back over a ridge to start slow cooking meat through rain and a couple bouts with hail with final prep under a tarp in a hail storm resulted in one of the best meals I had. These guys know how to adapt, improvise and overcome.

Kathy K, 2013

I want to thank you for organizing the Nichols trip to Ansel Adams wilderness for us. Although Hal and I were very excited for this adventure we were also apprehensive never having done such a trip before. Ryan and Christina the two guides you provided for our group were superb! Their expertise in guiding the group was evident on all levels! They knew the mountain and led us at a pace that we could all be challenged yet safe. As the weather and terrain changed they continued to assess our group abilities and kept us safe yet challenged. The food was prepared at a chefs level and their camaraderie with our group just enhanced our groups dynamics and enjoyment. They were thoroughly professional the entire time enabling us to enjoy the wilderness and physical exhilaration while being guided in competent hands. It was a lifetime experience that totally surpassed our expectations and we will be forever great up to Ryan and Christina and the rest of SYMG!

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