Horsepacking in Plumas National Forest
Primary Activities: Horse packing, horse care & management, wilderness safety & survival skills, leadership skills
Nights: 4 wilderness on horseback, 2 Camp Augusta
Traveling by horseback is an experience like no other; especially through pristine wilderness settings that are inaccessible by vehicle. You will have the opportunity to experience the peaceful sounds of hooves carrying you over backcountry trails to your next campsite. The camaraderie of this group will extend to people and horse companions alike as you learn to care for yourself as well as your steed from deep within the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The trail will be led by Terry Howard of Sierra Nevada Adventures, with two Camp Augusta wilderness counselors alongside. Forget about the modern world for a few days as you experience what pioneer life must have been like!
This horse packing trip is designed to bring campers an advanced horse and wilderness experience. Campers will learn navigation, survival skills, team building, leadership, and horse care management. This trip will focus on developing leadership skills applicable in the wilderness and front country, as well as challenge campers to live technology free in the wilderness for two weeks!
By the end of the week, Augusta Wilderness Counselors and our wranglers will have guided the campers along the trail as they enjoy and grow closer to our large 4 legged friends.
Daytime activities may Include: Riding lessons, Horse safety classes, lead rope braiding, horse whispering demonstration, horse shoeing, cooking on an open campfire, natural and human history or the areas we ride, saddle pad washing, saddling lessons, dietary horse needs, trail maintenance, tack maintenance and repair, swimming, emergency trail safety, a horse washing day, personal logbook time, horse vetting and first aid, gold rush settlement exploration, and anything else can imagine
Night activities: Night hike, scavenger hunt, ranch pictionary, bingo, bonfire sing along, smores, charades
Experience: Explore – This trip is designed for campers who have done a Classic trip or have other experience. If you are looking to learn more about backcountry navigation and climb on amazing granite, this trip can be a great choice.
Recommended Age: 14 - 17*
*Age ranges are flexible depending on experience and development
Recommended on the trip
*Significant horse riding experience