Many of the mountains’ best sights—unlikely as it seems—are waiting for you to discover them
Photo by Thomas J. Story
The departure point for a horse packing trip, the pack station sits at 7,600 feet. Trips can climb up to 3,000 feet (or more) higher, uphill treks that shed light on the appeal of the pack trip, a Sierra tradition that dates back to 19th-century surveyors, miners, and anyone who needed to haul stuff: It’s better to have a four-footed animal lug you and your gear upward than it is to carry it all on your own two feet.