Whether it is a one-way spot trip or a round trip spot trip it is the very best way to enjoy the backcountry. Your party will be vectored into a predetermined camp site, depending on the goals of your trip; fishing, photography, mountain climbing, painting or just setting up a base camp to day hike.  We have the place that would fulfill your needs.

The price for your trip is figured on a per animal per day basis (a one way trip is one day rate, a round trip is times two), it will depend on how many animals are needed for your trip. You can either hike or ride one of our incredible riding mules (we call the riding mules Sierra Cadillac’s). We ride and pack all Mules here at Bishop Pack Outfitters!


General Policies

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 or 20%, whichever is greater, is required to confirm the     services and dates reserved. Wilderness Permit fees with be taken out of Deposit.
  • Itineraries are subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen trail or weather conditions or packer’s discretion.
  • Wilderness Permits are $5.00 per person plus a $10.00 charge per group and are non-refundable.
  • All trips are subject to a 3% Forest Service Fee on the balance, not counting Permit money.
  • Maps to have “Tom Harrison” (Bishop Pass or Mono Divide).
  • Maximum group size is 15 people for the Wilderness Permits.
  • We limit 130lbs to 150lbs per pack mule.
  • Riders: We will tie your rain gear and jacket on the saddle for you and we supply a saddle horn bag to put water and snacks in for your ride. No day packs are allowed.
  • Gratuities are appreciated by our staff.
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy: Deposit are non-refundable. The Deposit could be applied to different dates if available or following packing season.
  • Bishop Pack Outfitters is not responsible for water purification nor providing toilette facilities. You are responsible for following government dictated waste disposal guidelines while in the backcountry. *please link to preparing for trip
  • There is a 1:1.5 pack stock-to-person ratio in place per party. Pack station employees are included in the total party size, only when staying with the group for the duration of trip.


Number of Persons       /   Number of Allowable pack animals

   1                                              1

2 & 3                                           2

   4                                              3

5 & 6                                           4

   7                                              5

 8 & 9                                          6

  10                                            7

11&12                                         8

  13                                             9


One Way Spot Trip ‘Backpacker Special”:

This is a popular way to visit the backcountry and economical way in get into the wilderness.  We limit 2 back packs per pack mule. We will (we are required to) get your Wilderness Permits for the duration of your trip.

  • Packer (guide): $300.00 per packer per day
  • Riding Mule:    $200.00 per animal per day
  • Pack Mule:       $200.00 per animal per day


Two Way Spot Trips:

We will pack your party into a base camp location for your stay in the John Muir Wilderness. The options could be ride in hike out, or ride both ways, or hike both ways. (You might get in and have a change, just tell the guide that you want to ride or hike out, we are usually pretty flexible). The charge is for what ever leaves the pack station.

  • Packer (guide):  $275.00 per packer per day
  • Riding Mule:     $175.00 per animal per day
  • Pack Mule:        $175.00 per animal per day


Trips Hutchinson Meadow or to Honeymoon Lakes:

These are 2 day trips for us. We take you and your group in and come out the next day, or we leave the day before to pick you up. Based on Two Way Spot Trip Rates times Two.


Continuous Hire or Trekking Trips:

This is where the packer (guide) remains with you for the entire duration of your trip.  We can help you with the itineraries for any length of trip. Our favored excursion is the Evolution Valley Loop, (North Lake to South Lake, 7 day trip). Ask us for details.

  • Packer (guide):  $275.00 per packer for everyday on trip
  • Riding Mule:      $175.00 per animal for everyday on trip
  • Pack Mule:        $175.00 per animal for everyday on trip

*There is stock trucking charge, it depends on where we start and finish.

“There is no charge for Packers own mules and you do not have to feed the Packer, because a lot of the time the Packer can not camp with you, he or she has to go where they can camp with the stock”.


Short Rides:

Experience our guided High Country Trail Rides.


  • North Lake Ride around North Lake:……….....………………………………………………$40.00
  • 2 Hour Ride to Grass Lake:…………………………………………………………………......$55.00
  • Half Day Ride to Lock Leven Lake:……………………………………………………….........$75.00
  • All Day Rides: could be fishing or site seeing, it’s up to you, up the Piaute Pass Trail..…..$150.00


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