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

The high country lakes and peaks of the Ansel Adams Wilderness along the southern Yosemite border are truly spectacular. This trip takes you deep into a seemingly unspoiled subalpine environment where granite peaks, clear lakes, cascading streams, and wildflower filled meadows captivate all who travel here. Here, we spend the days fishing, swimming and hiking in this incredible lakes basin. This trip is for those with little or some hiking experience who would like to enjoy the dramatic landscapes of Southern Yosemite while traveling with a professional, friendly, and knowledgeable mountain guide. We’ll hike both on trail and off, venturing off the beaten track to visit places seldom seen by most visitors to Yosemite.


August 15 - 18, 2024Book now


August 14 - 17, 2025Book now


2024: $1195 per person
Price based on shared hotel occupancy
Single Room Supplement:
Requested $255, Forced $128

2025: $1295 per person
Price based on shared hotel occupancy
Single Room Supplement:
Requested $255, Forced $128

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Trip Itinerary

High Tour - Day 1 - Meet your guide in Bass Lake, CA High Tour - Day 1 - Meet your guide in Bass Lake, CA

Check in at the Pines Resort on Bass Lake anytime after 4 PM. Meet your guide at 6pm in the main lobby for a short orientation and gear sort. Choose from several local restaurants for dinner.

High Tour - Day 2 - Hike to Jackass Lakes High Tour - Day 2 - Hike to Jackass Lakes

After breakfast (there is a restaurant & bakery in the village) we drive to the trailhead (roughly an hour- you are responsible for your own transportation). We’ll then hike 4 miles to Upper Jackass Lake where we will make camp. In the afternoon/evening there is time to swim, explore, or fish as your guide(s) prepare dinner.

3.4 miles, Elevation: +1966’/ -401′

After a delicious backcountry breakfast, your guide will lead you on one of several hiking options for the day: Hike to Burro Notch, summit Madera Peak, tour the upper lake basin, or just stay at your lakeside camp and relax. Dinner and stargazing round out a spectacular day in the High Sierra.

Varies by trip: 1-6 miles, Elevation: +2,000’/-500′

An early breakfast and departure put us back at the resort on Bass Lake in the early afternoon with time to jump into the lake before heading home.

3.4 miles, Elevation: -1966’/ +401′

What's Included


  • 1st night’s lodging at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake
  • 2 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

  • Starting with lunch on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 4
  • 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.

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 and lodging
  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Bass Lake
  • Recommended 10%-20% gratuity for guides
  • Trip Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Airfare
  • Voluntary or involuntary evacuations

Trip Reviews

Jared R, 2019

I wanted to let you know how successful the trip was and how amazing both Katie & Dahlia were. It was pretty much a perfect trip and we ate like royalty- well above and beyond expectations. Thanks to you and your team for putting this together!

Sam W, 2019

My employer, Sports Basement, organized a trip with SYMG and I was fortunate to be picked to go. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to backpacking in the US. The guides (Katie and Dahlia) were fantastic, the food they cooked for us was delicious and the scenery was to die for.

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