Explore California's alpine backcountry in style at this unique camp in the heart of Sequoia National Park
“It is not uncommon for the entire summer season to sell out in two hours,” explained Brandy Frederich, Assistant General Manager at Wuksachi Lodge which manages Bearpaw for Delaware North Parks & Resorts. “This year we anticipate reservations may go even faster since a temporary situation last year delayed our opening a bit.”
The remote Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is set deep within the pristine backcountry of Sequoia National Park, high atop a 7,800-foot granite saddle overlooking the Great Western Divide. To access the site, guests hike a moderate 11.5 miles along the High Sierra Trail. The trailhead begins at the popular Crescent Meadow located approximately 10 miles south from the Wuksachi Lodge.
A day pack is all that’s required for the scenic trek to Bearpaw. Upon arrival, comfy beds await weary travelers while flush toilets, hot showers and clean towels offer additional luxury. Each of Bearpaw High Sierra Camp’s six cozy tent cabins features wooden floors, canvas siding and two twin beds. Each bed includes fresh sheets as well as a blanket, down comforter and sleeping pad. There is also room enough for a third person to sleep on the floor; however, personal bedding must be supplied to take advantage of this option.
Because guests at Bearpaw tend to build up powerful appetites with all the spectacular terrain to explore, breakfast and dinner are included in nightly room rates. From sausage and eggs to New York steak to lasagna and fresh baked apple pie, generous home-style meals ensure no person ever goes hungry. A vegetarian option is always available and wine by the glass may be purchased on site. Box lunches can also be purchased not only for the hike in and out of Bearpaw, but for optional day hikes during a stay.
Wilderness permits are required for Bearpaw High Sierra Camp and are free of charge. For permit information, trail maps and conditions information, call 559-565-3766. Reservations for the 2013 summer season will be available as of 7 a.m. (PST) on Jan. 2 and can be made by calling 866-807-3598 (international callers dial 801-559-4930). Cancellations throughout the year happen, so check back often for newly available dates on-line, or by calling the Reservations Office.
It is recommended that Bearpaw guests plan to stay at Wuksachi Lodge the night before and after the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp experience. This will allow for acclimation to the elevation prior to the hike, and a good night’s rest before the drive home. For more information, call 866-449-4902 or visit http://VisitSequoia.com.
About the Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.