California Sierras

California, USA

Holiday overview

Destination

USA


Type

Guided, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 690 pp


Duration

6 nights


A guided tour of the stunning California Sierras.

If you’re looking for peaceful, this is it! The views are spectacular, the scenery is untouched Alpine country, boasting a population of one person per square mile. You will be staying at a truly authentic cabin (but with your own bedroom with an adjacent bathroom/shower/WC) at an elevation of 5,000 feet, set amongst aromatic cedar and pine trees.

 

These are guided walks (with guide Michael J Szarek), since you will be hiking at an altitude of 7,000 – 8,000 feet over rugged but manageable terrain; the walks are overall moderately difficult. The topography is pristine and untouched. While the cabin is authentic, there is hot and cold running water and a wonderfully efficient wood-burning stove for late in the season. If you are not used to these altitudes, most people adjust quickly and the pace of the walks can be adjusted to suit your comfort level.

 

Price:

£615 per person, based on 2 people sharing (5 night/6 day option)

£690 per person, based on 2 people sharing (8 night/9 day option)

Reduced rates for more people, maximum 6 – please contact us for more information.

 

Included:

  • Five nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, pack lunches, and dinner for five and a half days
  • All walks are guided, due to the nature of the trails and the difficulty of the terrain.
  • All transportation to trail heads and to Murphy’s.

 

Not Included:

  • Air fare to San Francisco, accommodation and dinner in Sacramento.
  • We can provide transfer arrangements from San Francisco to Sacramento and Sacramento to Dorrington and back to San Francisco for £30 pounds per person 3 people max.
  • There is NO public transportation from Dorrington to San Francisco.

 

Difficulty:

Moderate.

Day 1:

Make your way to Sacramento. If you wish arrangements will be made to spend first night at a downtown motel/hotel in the older part of town (extra cost). This is within easy walking distance of many good and reasonably priced restaurants and microbreweries. And the state capital building and its extensive gardens.

 

Day 2:

Sacramento to cabin in Dorrington: driving through the Sacramento valley wine-growing region into the Sierra foothills. Early lunch at Angels Camp, an old gold mining town, with a quaint Old West main street to explore. Arrive Dorrington cabin, settle in, dinner provided.

 

Day 3:

Transportation to start of hike: elevation 7,000 feet passing through the picturesque pines and cedar forests, and pristine Lake Alpine. Hike into Sandy Meadows from trail head, eat a packed lunch, and return. Back to cabin, visit Camp Connell, an original country store, gas station, post office, and bar all in the same building circa 1940s.

Approx. 5 miles.

 

Day 4:

Wheeler Lake walk, elevation 7,500 – 8,000 feet. This walk takes us over a high ridge with possible snow conditions early in the season, but nothing technical or unmanageable. Spectacular views from this hike, firstly through old volcanic terrain, over the ridge to a wonderful wild flora display in an avalanche valley (early in the season). Lunch and relaxation at Wheeler Laker, then return to the cabin for dinner.

Approx. 8 miles.

 

Day 5:

Day off in Murphy’s – an old gold mining town, now a pleasant old-world wine connoisseur’s delight – there are 17 wine-tasting venues on the half-mile long main street, as well as plenty of good eating establishments, along with other interesting stores and sites. Transportation to and from is included. Murphy’s is approximately 18 miles from the cabin.

 

Day 6:

Transportation to the start of the walk is approximately 22 miles. Hike into Bull Run Lake, elevation 8,000 – 8,500 feet. This walk would be the most vigorous of the hikes with possible snow conditions early in the season but nothing technical. Bull Run Lake is a most pristine high Alpine lake with rough but spectacular approaches. Return to cabin, BBQ – typical Wild West style provided for the final night!

Approx. 8 miles.

 

Day 7:

Breakfast at cabin, departure.

 

A ten day option would give an extra hiking day.

 

Day 7:

Scenic Lake Alpine – bathing, weather permitting.

 

Day 8:

Explore Calaveras Big Trees State Park, giant sequoias, some of the tallest trees in the world.

 

Day 9:

Upon return, free day in San Francisco for sightseeing etc., motel final night not included.

 

Day 10:

BART public transport to San Francisco airport.