Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is Closed for the 2021 Season
It is with great disappointment that we announce that Bearpaw High Sierra Camp will not open for the 2021 season. The National Park Service has identified that the water infrastructure needs further assessment and attention to bring the system to current standards of operation to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases and provide safe drinking water to guests and employees. Operation of the camp is not anticipated until these assessments and any necessary repairs are complete.
Anyone with a reservation held over from the 2019 and 2020 seasons will have that reservation canceled and the deposit refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to re-opening in the future.
Please see our COVID-19 Updates page for up-to-date information.
Bearpaw High Sierra Camp
A Sequoia tradition for more than 75 years, Bearpaw is set 11.5 miles into designated national park Wilderness, 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.
Pre-Planning for Your Bearpaw Trip
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.
To stay at Bearpaw, Wilderness Permits are required, but free of charge for guests confirmed at the High Sierra Camp. Guests do not need to reserve this permit in advance. If your wilderness trip includes overnight stays at locations other than the High Sierra Camp, such as continuing along the High Sierra Trail to Mount Whitney, you must obtain a wilderness permit and pay a fee; reservations are highly recommended. 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 11:00 to noon). 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 https://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 mountains of the Great Western Divide. The average hike in/out takes approximately seven hours.
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) 565-3301 extension 6007, 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.
After all, who said this was roughing it?
Booking Policy Change
Due to the closure of Bearpaw High Sierra Camp for the 2019 season, confirmed bookings for 2019 were moved to 2020 where applicable. Remaining dates with availability are available for reservations now.
Reservations for upcoming seasons are now bookable 366 days in advance only. We will no longer be opening the full future season's availability on January 2nd.
Reservations for Bearpaw High Sierra can be made online or via phone:
Call (877) 436-9726
NOTE: Cancellations at our Sequoia camp happen throughout the year, so check back for newly available dates by calling our Reservations Office at the phone number listed above.
Download a printable PDF of Bearpaw High Sierra Camp Policies and Booking Procedures (requires Adobe® Reader®)
- 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.
"Absolutely phenomenal. The staff is so friendly & accommodating. The food is incredible. There are lots of great day hikes or you can just sit, relax & take in the view. Plus you get a flushing toilet & a hot shower."
"Nice 11.5 mile hike to get to your cabin. Great staff, food and views are magnificent. You can hang out and relax and read a book or go for a nice day hike to Hamilton lake which is 4 miles away. Cabins come equipped with two comfortable beds and down comforters."
"Fantastic place to hike and unwind. Great location, great accommodations, great food and the best staff!!! Hike the High Sierra Trail 11 miles to the camp. Enjoy fresh baked brownies and a HOT shower when you arrive. Day hike to Hamilton Lake for a Arctic Chill Swim."