Sunday, September 4, 2022

September 4 – September 10

Join us on an adventure deep in the John Muir Wilderness. We are going into the wild on this backcountry trip. We’ll hike in the Sierra Mountains by day, then make camp and sleep under the stars every night. And every morning we’ll wake up with snow-covered peaks rising up all around us. This backcountry adventure is for those that would like to really get away from it all and spend a week in a real, wild place.

Because this trip is at altitude, even with lower mileage this is an INTERMEDIATE+ trip.

Day 1 (September 4)

We’ll pick you up in the morning after you fly into the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. We’ll then make the 5-hour drive to Mammoth Lakes, California and settle into our motel to rest from the travel day.

Day 2 (September 5)

This backpacking trip is high in the Sierra Mountains, at altitude. Today, we’ll be doing an easy acclimation hike at altitude (10,000 feet) to start adjusting to our new environment. The trail is gorgeous, skirting a series of Alpine Lakes.

We’ll also make a stop at the Devils Postpile to check out this amazing natural wonder.

At the end of the day, we’ll return to our motel to do gear checks, pack, and prep for the start of our adventure!

Day 3 (September 6)

We will take the Mono Pass trail to 12,000 feet (elevation gain ~1,700 feet) then descend to Pioneer Basin where we will make camp for the night.

Day 4 (September 7)

We’ll keep our camp at Pioneer basin and get out our day packs. It’s time for explore! We’ll go on a beautiful hike to explore the area around Pioneer Basin.

Day 5 (September 8)

Today, we’ll pick up camp and move to the Third Recess. Once we set up camp, we’ll put on our day packs and hike to the Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,650-mile scenic hiking trail that runs along the West Coast. 

Day 6 (September 9)

We’ll backpack to the Trail Lakes site and set up camp. With enough daylight, we’ll hike to Golden Lake and do scrambling up the rock slopes.

Day 7 (September 10)

We’ll hike out from Trail Lakes back to the trailhead. Then, we’ll make the drive back to Las Vegas and spend the night there.

Day 8 (September 11)

We’ll drop you off at the airport for your flights out.

Accommodations: 2-person rooms on September 4, 5, and 10; tents for the duration of the backpacking trip. If you would like a single room for an additional fee, please contact us at, and we’ll arrange it for you.

Meals: Adventure Untamed will provide all on-trail meals. For off-trail meals, everyone is responsible for their own meals, and we’ll stop at local restaurants for food.

Flights are not included in the cost of the trip.


Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: Mileage will vary from day to day. We'll hike between 3 and 7 miles.

Elevation Gain: Varied. At least one day of 1,700 feet elevation gain, and we are at altitude for most of the trip.

Group Size: 2 - 10 adventurers


Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

You will need to arrive before noon, preferably before 11:00 am. Please confirm your itinerary with us before booking your flights.



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton clothing (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Pack (*starred items are available for rent at an extra fee)

  • Sleeping bag*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • 50L – 70L Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies, plus group gear)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra clothing and fleece for the colder nights; light puffy recommended
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel