Backpacking: On the Quest for Bighorn Sheep - Trip 2
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 completely absent from Yosemite, these endangered animals have been reintroduced into the park in small herds, first in the 1980s, and most recently in March 2015. Discover the bighorn’s remarkable story and rugged habitat on this one-of-a-kind backpacking adventure.
Meet naturalist guide Pete Devine on Sunday evening at Tuolumne Meadows to discuss safety and Leave No Trace principles. On Monday, hike to your weekend base camp just over Mono Pass, an near a series of small lakes surrounded by high peaks. On Tuesday, take an off-trail day hike through the sheep’s rocky home on the slope of Mt. Gibbs and learn about bighorn conservation with Yosemite biologist Les Chow. Descend on Wednesday with a deep understanding of the agile animal mountaineers reclaiming their place in Yosemite’s wilderness.
Learn more about how our donors have helped bring bighorns back to Yosemite.
The Experience Package includes camping at Tuolumne Meadows (August 28 and August 31, not required to participate), and park entry (as needed). View a suggested backpacking packing list.