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Day Trips and Backpack Outings 

With Yosemite National Park in Skylake's "backyard" and the beautiful Ansel Adams Wilderness high-country close by, Day Trips are scheduled daily and Backpack Trips scheduled weekly for out of camp adventure. Out of camp trips are all voluntary and based on camper request.

Day Trips include Yosemite National Park to the Mariposa Grove where the Giant Sequoias await and beyond, to The Valley floor itself. Trips to Yosemite Valley are very popular, campers can visit Glacier Point for spectacular views of the majestic valley, hike the famous Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls, while Nevada Falls beckons in the distance.

Overnight Trips are great for all ages looking for a camping outing to a nearby natural attraction such as Whiskey Falls or a canoe adventure to the end of the lake for camping at Rec Point. Amazing beauty surrounds Skylake. Overnights provide a quick but memorable outing for those who don't feel like venturing out on the extended back pack trips, but still want to get a taste of a camp out. Meals are made by the campfire as campers all take part and enjoy the bonds and lessons formed in the outdoors. Trips staff prepare all the necessities of the overnight so younger campers don't have to think about the many details of camping.

Backpacking Trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness are the "piece de resistance"! Our two night backpack trips are a true treat and form bonds and memories, not to mention skills that last a lifetime. Trips to Jackass Lake and Madera Peak are among the favorites. Jackass Lake sits about 3 miles from the trailhead on the opposite side of Bass Lake from Skylake up Beasore Drive. Atop Madera Peak 360 degree views of the Sierras await as well as breathtaking vistas to several lakes, valleys and notable peaks. The camp site at Jackass Lake is quiet and serene and campers enjoy taking a step back and enjoy relaxing by the cool alpine lake. Meals are a group effort as all of the hikers also take part in transporting the food to the camp site. Trip staff prepare meals with help from those campers looking to take part in that aspect of the adventure. Priority on all back packing trips goes to older campers who are attending Skylake for four weeks.



A note about our Trips Staff
Skylake’s Trip Staff is uniquely qualified for backpacking trips and all are certified in Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and CPR as well as certified Lifeguards. All trip staff must be at least 21 years of age and are screened very heavily for a high level of maturity and devotion. At least one Wilderness First Aid trained staff member will attend every out of camp trip.