National Geographic Adventure Magazine chose the Sierra High Route as one of the Best New Trips for 2010 in their October issue. SYMG is the first company to offer guided departures on sections of the 195-mile extreme trek from Southern Kings Canyon to Northern Yosemite. The Sierra High Route is an official name for an unofficial trail that runs mostly above timberline through the heart of the High Sierra. It is rumored that more people attempt and climb Mt Everest each year than attempt and complete the Sierra High Route.
2022: $2995 per person
The Sierra High Route spans 195 miles roughly paralleling the John Muir Trail. Author Steve Roper details the trail breaking it into five sections. We also approach the trail in a similar manner and will offer a different section depending on group interest in that particular year. The sections of the sierra high route are as follows:
Your trip begins and ends at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. We recommend driving your own vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1. Plan to arrive at the campground by 5pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. If you're driving to Tuolumne Meadows, you can leave your car at Lembert Dome parking lot for the duration of your trip. We will return to Tuolumne Meadows on the last day and enjoy a celebratory meal as a group around 12-1pm.
The Sierra High Route occurs at elevations between 9,000 and 11,500. About a third of the route follows maintained hiking trails. The remaining portion of the route travels off trail on cross-country routes that include granite slabs, scree fields, on loose talus and through meadowlands.
Hike, hike and hike some more. The Sierra High Route is a committing trip where you have minimum mileage each day. Endurance is the key to your enjoyment. Participants should have experience on long backpacks such as the John Muir Trail, Trans Sierra Trail or on other significant undertakings. You should be aerobically and cardiovascularly fit, and should train by working out, carrying weight (up to 40 lbs), and hiking stadium bleachers up & down. Examples of getting prepared include: Hiking on and off-trail immediately prior to the trip; participating in longer backpacks along the JMT, TST or along other high country trails. Reading “The Guide to the Sierra High Route” by Steve Roper may also be helpful.
We strongly encourage having recent backpacking experience or practice before embarking on a section of the Sierra High Route. The most successful people on these trips have completed several backcountry trips carrying a fully weighted pack (35-40lbs) for 3-5 days. If you do not have this experience, we recommend joining us on a "shake-out" trip prior to joining the Sierra High Route trip.
Jeff T, 2013