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Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp


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Explore alpine lake basins in Ansel Adams Wilderness
Summit a 10,000'+ peak with views of Yosemite Wildnerness
Relax & enjoy a beautiful stunning Alpine Lake

The Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the best-kept secrets of the High Sierra. Located on the southern border of Yosemite National Park, the Ansel Adams Wilderness has 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. The pack stock carries all of the gear to our camp along a scenic lake, leaving you to hike unburdened deep into this pristine wilderness area. We’ll spend our days exploring this rich mountain environment, 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!


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2024: $2295 per person
Price based on shared hotel occupancy
Single Room Supplement:
Requested $255, Forced $128

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Trip Itinerary

Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 1 - Meet your guides in Bass Lake, CA Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 1 - Meet your guides in Bass Lake, CA

Check in to the Pines Resort on beautiful Bass Lake anytime after 4pm. Meet your guide and group at 6pm in the main lobby for a short meet-and-greet and trip orientation. Dinner tonight is on your own at one of the many local restaurants.

Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 2 - Hike to lakeside camp in Ansel Adams Wilderness Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 2 - Hike to lakeside camp in Ansel Adams Wilderness

After an early breakfast on your own (there is a nice bakery in the Pines village), we’ll meet you at 8am to drive to the nearby trailhead (7,600’). The drive, which takes about an hour, is your responsibility to and from the trailhead. While hiking, you’ll carry just a day-pack with some water, a camera, etc. We will hike approximately 6 miles into a centrally located lake where we will make basecamp.

6 miles, Elevation: +1709’/ -322′

Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 3 - Explore Alpine Lakes Basin Ansel Adams Wilderness High Sierra Camp  - Day 3 - Explore Alpine Lakes Basin

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 and stargazing.

Varies by trip 1-6 miles, Elevation varies

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 interest.

Varies by trip 1-6 miles, Elevation varies

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 gear provided by request: daypacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents

  • 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 arrive at the hotel before 6pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. Transportation is not included in this departure, so you will need your own vehicle to get you 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
  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Bass Lake
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides and 3% for packers
  • Trip Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Evacuations

Trip Reviews

Richard W, 2014

Over the last ten years, we've taken our client friends to Yosemite to climb Half Dome; did a Mt. Hood glacier hike and crevasse climbing trip; hiked Zion and Bryce; rafted on the American River; climbed Mt. Rainier; went to a Utah Dude Ranch to ride, rope, hike, and drive ATV's; paddled, snorkeled, fished, and hiked out in the Channel Islands; hiked in the Enchantments; etc. Our goal is to get clients to get to know us out of their offices and, to some degree, out of their comfort zone by doing something more memorable than the typical, boring dinner and drinks routine. When Chris suggested a guided backpack trip, I was skeptical that it would match past trips, but it did and then some. The hiking, fishing, bouldering, food, camaraderie and SNOW made it absolutely memorable. We've already received a blast of emails with photos and thanks from the gang. All of them agree with Chris and me - it was a unique experience and you guys were absolutely great.

See L, 2019

Yes, Yosemite is amazing but it's even better with SYM Guides. These are some of the most down to earth people I have ever met. The unique guides are full of insightful information. I have learned a lot about American preservation and how to respect the natural world. I would recommend this trip to anyone that needs to escape the unnatural cubicle reality that we live in today!

Kathy K, 2013

I want to thank you for organizing the 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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