What we're about

Ever suddenly realize that the weekend is almost upon you and you have a few free days, but can't find someone with an open schedule to accompany you on that killer hike you've been wanting to do for months? Or have you tried to organize a trip through another backpacking meetup and found that it's a mess of coordinating schedules? Here's the place to post your idea, no matter how short the notice.

We are a collection of backpackers from absolute beginner up to hard-core mountaineering folks all looking to share some new adventures with new friends. We will have regular events hosted by our organizers but we also welcome the community to post their own trips to see who else might be interested in joining.

A couple of things about being part of our group:

1. Safety! Know your abilities and your limits. If you find yourself over your skills, be vocal and let others know.

2. Respect nature! Practice good stewardship and leave it cleaner than you found it.

3. Respect Others! Be mindful of how your decisions can impact them, especially when it comes to safety!

4. Be patient! If you like to grind out the miles be patient if your group isn't quite up to your level.

5. Be generous! Some trips will be free, others will be paid, it is all dependent on what the organizer decides. Even if a trip is free, offer to help with gas for the car pool or bring a dessert to share on the trail.

Upcoming events (5)

Persides Meteor Shower

Troy Road TH


This will be a short mileage off trail hike to a small lake near Truckee CA. where we will be far from city lights. However there will be a lot of moon light. Another group who visits this lake in July calls it Skinny Dip Lake. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that this is a Clothing Optional event. https://caltopo.com/m/DREN http://www.paypal.me/backpackingwithjeff/10 www.venmo.com/jeff-weston-1

5 Nights in Hell For Sure!

Courtright Reservoir


!! The details of this trip have changed. This is the revised version !! Confirmation payment is due by July 1st to reserve your spot. At any time up to 1 week before the trip I will refund your money if I am able to fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. This will be a mix of on and off trail, which I have never seen before, only heard about it. There is a lot of info in the map including elevation change and contours. As of right now the USFS campgrounds are closed however dispersed camping is allowed. We'll have to wait and see how things change over the summer to figure out accommodations for the night before. There are not water or RR at the TH. By September things are going to be pretty dry so we'll need to get water where we can, particularly the last 2 days. This trip is not for the faint of heart. If you are interested in going RSVP Yes and message me. Unless we've hiked together before I want to get to know you before we head out. This is a map of the route we will be taking. We will be spending Friday and Saturday nights at Hell For Sure Lake for swimming and exploring. https://caltopo.com/m/K753 There will be a $20 donation to help defray the costs paid to Meetup for the site and the permits. http://www.paypal.me/backpackingwithjeff/20 www.venmo.com/Jeff-Weston-1

CANCELED BP & SD See description for replacement trip

Travertine Hot Springs


This event has been replaced with this one; https://www.meetup.com/Last-Minute-Backpackers/events/270997205/

Hot Springs, A Ghost Town, JMT, PCT & A Water Fall!

Travertine Hot Springs


Let's spend a few days playing tourist in the eastern sierras along Hwy 395. There's lots to see and a number of hot springs to soak in along the way. Bring Water! We will be doing a lot of dry camping! We'll start with meeting at Travertine hot springs in Bridgeport on Friday The access to the springs is a good dirt road a couple of miles south of town. Jack Sawyer Rd is on the east side of 395 just north of the ranger station. I usually use dispersed camping but if there's interest I'll look into reserving a site in one of the area campgrounds. Saturday we'll drive south to tour the ghost town of Bodie. Bring your camera! The old church is the most photographed building in town. https://www.bodie.com Saturday night we'll camp on Hwy 120 a few miles east of 395; https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=20638&actid=29 Sunday morning we'll visit the Mono Lake visitors center. There is gift shop in the Mono Visitors Center and various tourist trap stores across the street in Lee Vining. From there we'll drive south to the Mammoth area hot springs. There are a number of springs within a couple of miles of each other. There is a spring I haven't been to yet and I'd like to find. From the pictures it's probably the largest pool in the area. Monday we'll drive into Mammoth and up to the ski lift. From there we'll take the shuttle bus down into Devils Post Pile and see the sights including the fantastic Rainbow falls. We can even hike on the PCT and/or JMT while we are there. That evening we can get in one more soak before we head home in the morning. There is a fee to ride the shuttle from Mammoth ski lodge into Devils Post Pile. After a last soak Tuesday morning we will pack up and drive home. http://www.paypal.me/backpackingwithjeff/10 www.venmo.com/Jeff-Weston-1 If you don't answer the RSVP Question you will moved to the Wait List. Note: Hot Springs are generally considered to be Clothing Optional. Being with or without clothing is not required. It is optional either way. There will undoubtedly be people enjoying the option. You don't have to.

Past events (150)

Iva Bell Hot Springs

Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center


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