(760) 872-8331 (anytime)
On a spot trip we transport you AND your gear by horse/mule to a campsite. On a specified date, we will return to transport you and your gear back to the pack station. Your length of stay does not affect the charges. You furnish your own camp gear and food. One packer/wrangler is required to manage each 5 head of livestock.

We can pack no more than 150 lbs per mule. The bulk, volume and dimensions may require additional mules.

Rates are per person. Includes packers, horses and mules for the round trip*
LOCATION 2 people 3 people 4+ people
South Fork of Cottonwood Creek in Golden Trout Wilderness & Golden Trout Creek
Beautiful Meadows below South Fork Lakes (campfires permitted) 
$800 $725 $675
Cottonwood Lakes Basin & Big Whitney Meadows
Many Lakes with outstanding Golden Trout 
$1000 $900 $800
Tunnel Guard Station and Tunnel Guard Station & Big Whitney Meadow
Beautiful meadows in the Golden Trout Wilderness
$1100 $1000 $900
Upper Rock-Soldier Lake area & Penned Up Mdw Miter Basin
Lakes, Meadows and access to Miter Basin and Mt. Langley 
$1200 $1100 $1000
Lower Rock Creek near Crossing and Ranger Station and Little Whitney Meadows $1400 $1200 $1100
Crabtree Meadows
Access to climb Mt. Whitney (two night limit)
$3000 $2500 $2000
Wright Creek, Wallace Creek and Tyndal Creek at JMT
Remote spectacular areas in the Upper Kern
$7500 $4000 $3500

* Please note that there is a 3% USFS and a 3% Sequoia/Kings Canyon (SEKI) fee for travel into those areas.

The Forest Service limits pack stock by a 1:1.5 stock-to-person ratio. Spot trip rate will include mules up to the limit allowed in the roundtrip fee.

Number of
Number of
Allowable Pack
1 1
2 &3 2
4 3
5 & 6 4
7 5
8 & 9 6
10 7
11 & 12 8
13 9
14 & 15 10

You can make a reservation at the Rock Creek Pack Station reservations page.

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Last updated: July 26, 2023
Cottonwood Pack Station provides all of its services as a permit holder of Inyo National Forest and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.


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