Bearpaw High Sierra Camp
Bear Paw Opening Delay
Due to higher than average snowpack this past winter Bear Paw High Sierra Camp will experience delays in opening for the summer. For more details, or to inquire about a current reservation at Bear Paw, please call our reservations team at (866) 807-3598.
Backcountry Tent Cabins on the High Sierra Trail
Pampering guests for over 75 years , Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is a cozy retreat in the backcountry of one of Mother Nature's most impressive miracles.
Bearpaw High Sierra Camp® offers a hallmark way to see the High Sierra in comfort and style. A Sequoia tradition for more than 75 years, Bearpaw is set 11.5 miles into pristine national park backcountry, high atop a 7,800-foot granite saddle overlooking the Great Western Divide. After hiking in to Bearpaw Camp and experiencing it firsthand, you’ll walk away with unforgettable alpine memories. Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is open June through September.
Bearpaw Camp Features
- Six tent cabins, with wooden floors and canvas siding, each with two twin beds (each cabin can sleep three people, with one person on the floor*)
- Bedding is provided* (down comforter, blanket, sheets, towel, and sleeping pad)
- Central shower house with flush toilets and hot showers
- Generous home-style breakfast and dinner served daily, included in the daily room rate (see the "Meals" section below for details).
- Boxed lunches can be purchased separately.
*If you have someone sleeping on the floor in your group, that person must provide his or her own bedding and sleeping pad.
NOTE: Cancellations at our Sequoia camp happen throughout the year, so check back often for newly available dates on-line, or by calling our Reservations Office.
Bearpaw starts taking reservations for the summer in early January.
Call (866) 807-3598 (international callers dial (317) 324-0753) or BOOK ONLINE.
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We recommend that you consider staying at Wuksachi Lodge® the nights before and after your Sequoia camp experience. This will allow you to acclimate to the elevation prior to the hike, and get a good night’s rest before your “re-entry” and drive home.
Wilderness Permits are required, but free of charge for guests confirmed at the High Sierra Camp. Guests do not need to reserve a permit. Permits need to be picked up in person at the Lodgepole Visitor Center.
The Lodgepole Wilderness Permit Desk is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 11 to 12). Permits may be picked up the same day of the hike. Or they can be picked up the afternoon prior to the hike (after 1:00 p.m.). For additional wilderness information, visit http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness.htm or call the wilderness office at (559) 565-3766..
The hike to Bearpaw Camp is 11.5 miles one-way, along the High Sierra Trail. The trailhead starts at Crescent Meadow, approximately 10 miles south from Wuksachi Lodge®. The elevation begins at 6,800 feet and ends at 7,800 feet. The hike is considered moderate, with several creek crossings and dramatic views of the Great Western Divide. The average hike in/out takes approximately seven hours.
Click here for more information on the High Sierra Camp hike.
For current weather conditions, call (559) 565-3341.
Bearpaw High Sierra Camp guests tend to build up powerful appetites with all the spectacular terrain to explore. Fortunately, meals here are generous, home-cooked, and served family-style.
The typical morning epicurean adventure may include: Tomato and Cheese Frittata; Oatmeal Raisin French Toast; Sausage and Egg Scramble; Broccoli-Squash-Pepper Quiche; Fresh Fruit Compote.
Dinners may include Grilled New York Steaks or Tri-Tip; Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin; Indonesian Chicken; Portabella Lasagna; Sautéed Asparagus with Almonds; Grilled Zucchini, Orange Wild Rice, and Twice Baked Potatoes.
Desserts are a specialty – and made from scratch. They may include: Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream; Fresh Baked Berry or Apple Pie; Chocolate Layer Cake; New York Style Cheesecake; Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce.
A vegetarian option is available at every meal.
If you have other dietary restrictions, please call (559)565-4070, extension 605, seven days ahead of arrival to see what we are able to offer. Please understand that there are restrictions we simply can't accommodate. Because all supplies have to be brought in by mule train, we need long lead times for Bearpaw in order to offer the best experience we can to every guest.
Beer and Wine
Beer and wine are available for purchase.
And who said this was roughing it?