Backpacking: On the Quest for Bighorn Sheep
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are making a comeback from the brink of extinction! Join a unique Yosemite backpacking trip to explore their stomping grounds in Mount Gibbs. Once absent from Yosemite, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are again roaming the park’s high peaks, thanks to restoration and monitoring efforts supported by our donors. Here’s your chance to discover the bighorn’s remarkable story and rugged habitat firsthand, on a one-of-a-kind guided backpacking adventure!
From base camp near Mono Pass, explore a herd’s stomping grounds on Mt. Gibbs, you use special scopes to spot and zoom in on sheep, and learn about bighorn conservation from one of the experts who has helped bring the species back from the brink, Yosemite biologist Sarah Stock.
Included with your registration:
- An introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground) and three full days of guided backpacking in the Tuolumne Meadows area. (Start at 8:30 am on Friday, Aug. 25 and returning about 3 pm on Sunday, Aug. 27 (depending on group pace)
- Park entry (as needed)
- Camping before and after the trip (as needed, Aug. 24 and Aug. 27) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground
- Bear canister rental (as needed) and wilderness permits
- There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.
- Note: Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up.