Tips From Horse Corral Packers!

Here are some useful tips to prepare for travel

Weather and conditions change frequently in wilderness areas, so make sure you are properly prepared for your trip, even if you are planning on a short ride. Wear layers of clothing and carry plenty of water and snacks. Contact the company you plan to ride with and ask what you should bring. Find out what their policy is regarding weather and cancellations. According to the Horse Corral Pack Station, in late summer fires in the area can fill the forests with smoke, which is unhealthy for you and the horses, so a shorter ride might be recommended.


Basic Information

Items to bring:

  • WARM clothing. It will be cold at night, especially at the 12,500 foot elevation for the sunset/moonrise photo shoot. The wind will be blowing and it could get down to 30 degrees. In camp the night time low will probably be around 40 to 35 degrees. I suggest a down or comparable jacket and something with a hood on it to keep the wind off your head. Helps with the mosquitoes too.

  • Mosquito repellant. There COULD be rather pesky mosquitoes at this elevation. Although by mid-August the mosquitoes are less prevalent, we cannot rule out their omnipresence.

  • Lip Balm. This may sound trivial, but you will be at the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada range and it will be very dry. With the wind and drinking water that is high in minerals, (dee-licious!!) it will dry out your lips and nothing is more uncomfortable than to have cracked, dry, chapped lips at elevation.

  • Good, high-quality polarized sunglasses (with the little strap that keeps them tight around your head and around your neck so you don't lose or drop them). The sun is very intense at elevation.

  • Fishing gear. We will be near the Roaring River most of the time, and if you want some down time, you'll have an opportunity. Besides, we may be able to use the setup for shots.

  • Toiletries. We will have showers, so plan accordingly but don't go overboard.

  • Sun block. The sun is very intense and you will burn like a piece of bacon without sun block.

  • Raingear. Usually this time of year it is very dry and seldom rains, but in the high country, especially at altitude, we could get a quick thunderstorm. We have arranged for a retreat tent to place photo gear if it rains, so if you want something in case we get hit on the trail, it might be wise.

  • Car Rental. If you are flying in to Fresno, you will need to rent a car.

Special note on wilderness conduct

We will be in a pristine wilderness environment, and therefore use of tobacco products is strongly discouraged, and will not be allowed at Elizabeth Pass (elevation 12,50 ft) due to the thin atmosphere and risk of altitude sickness resulting from oxygen deprivation from smoking. If you do smoke, you will be required to make arrangements to ensure your waste (butts, etc) does not touch the ground. While on the trail your tobacco-use waste MUST be stowed for disposal at the base camp. Squirrels, chipmunks, marmots and other small mammals pick up cigarette butts and use them for nest building. The tobacco residue is lethal to them, especially the young.


Bears are a natural part of the national park environment. It's not likely, but it is entirely possible we will see bears. There are NO Grizzly bears in the Sierra Nevada range. Our species is 100% Black Bears, also known as 300 pound furry chickens. For more information on putting this very misplaced fear into proper perspective, see this link: This information is written specifically for Yosemite National Park, but is equally applicable to Sequoia National Park. Packers are trained in proper food storage and you will receive a briefing prior to departure on how to conduct yourself with food in the wilderness. If you follow the protocol for food handling we will have no problem with bears.

Medical Note

If you have a history of altitude sickness, you might give serious consideration about whether you want to make this trip. We will be spending 5 full days at no less than 10,000 feet, and some people have problems at this altitude. Be assured that all packers, wranglers and cooks are Wilderness First-Responder Certified. In addition, the Sequoia National Park Roaring River ranger station is close by for radio call-up of the California Highway Patrol emergency medical helicopter if needed. Packers, wranglers and you host will have Park Service radios at all times.

Other Restrictions

Also, due to restrictions as to the maximum load the horses can bear, participants over 275 pounds in weight cannot be accommodated.

Services We Offer


Guided Rides: Day Rides, Spot Trips, Extended Trips, All-Expense Trips

pictureExperienced Guide Specialties: Fishing, Horseback Rides, Camping, Hiking

pictureService Areas: Sequoia National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park.


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Get in Touch

Charley or Judy Mills, Owners
PO Box 546
Woodlake, California 93286

Summer Phone: (559) 565-3404
Winter Phone: (559) 564-6429
Winter Cell: (559) 679-3573

Our trails are safe and have been specially constructed for stock use and are maintained regularly by the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew.