trip itinerary

Day 1: ride 4 hours from Summit Trailhead to Maggie Lake, spend the rest of the day in camp or exploring

Day 2: relax in camp or fish, swim and hike

Day 3: ride 4 hours out to Summit Trailhead

 maggie lakes trips

trip dates:

  • June 28-30, Aug 30-Sep 1, Sep 13-15

  • custom dates offered (contact us for availability)

trip overview

  • two half days on trail

  • 1 full day and 1 half day in camp

  • three beautiful alpine lakes to fish, explore or relax by

  • 3 days/2 nights

  • $900/person



  • saddle horse and equipment including saddle bags

  • pack mules

  • professional and knowledgeable packers/wranglers

  • emergency equipment, including first aid kit and satellite device

  • camp gear including: shower, toilet, tables, camp chairs

  • fly fishing guide (optional, extra expense)


  • tent

  • sleeping bag

  • sleeping pad

  • brimmed hat

  • bandana

  • lightweight gloves

  • riding/hiking boots

  • warm layers for early or late season trips

  • sunglasses

  • reusable water bottle

  • rain jacket

  • fishing gear/hard case for fishing rods

  • duffle bags

  • headlamp

  • binoculars

  • personal toiletries

  • wash cloth and small pack towel

  • guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20%)

Gear should not exceed 50 pounds per person and should be packed in 1-2 duffel bags (if two, please make them similar size and weights). You may carry a small day pack with you on the horse that should not exceed 15 pounds (for your comfort and your horses).


GTWP does not provide alcohol but will happily pack as much in as you would like.



We are located at the Golden Trout Pack Station near Lewis Camp Trailhead, just seven miles from Ponderosa, CA. We ask that guests come up the night before their pack trip and lodge with us because we get started early the next morning.  We provide lodge meals and accommodations for an extra cost. Alternatively, you can come up to the pack station the morning of but we ask guests to be here by 5:30 AM, so we can sort and pack your gear and get you on the trail as early as possible. From the pack station, you can use your vehicle or we can carpool you to the Summit Trailhead located ten miles from the PS. At the trailhead, we will finish packing the animals, get you on your horse and on the trail! When we return from your trip, we can unload your gear at the trailhead and you can leave in your vehicle directly from there, OR, if you are not comfortable leaving your vehicle at the trailhead we are more than happy to have you leave it at the pack station, and we can shuttle you back and forth.


  • We have a 1:5 ratio; 1 wrangler/guide to five animals, with a maximum of 6 guests (specific to this trip) and 3 guides

  • Kids must be 6 or older to join a pack trip. Some exceptions available (porter or stock assist) with final approval from GTWP

  • Guests must not weigh more than 250 pounds and must not have any serious physical or medical health issues prior to trip that could affect safety. Guests weighing more than 250 pounds can be accommodated on a case by case basis and depending on availability of riding mules


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