The guides and outfitters shown on the map and profiled below provide horse packing and mule packing trips in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. There is not a location the United states that is better suited to this type of backcountry adventure. Trips may last from one overnight to 10 days. The outfitters furnish all the gear and do all the cooking in camp. The horse packing adventure is suitable for experienced and beginning riders alike. Ages for kids vary by outfitter, but usually start around 8.
A Brief Intro to Washington’s Cascade Mountains
The Washington Cascades are part of the larger Cascade Range which begin in British Columbia and extends through Washington and Oregon before ending in Northern California. The Washington Cascades are divided into three regions – the North, Central, and South Cascades. Mount Baker (10,781 feet) and North Cascades National Park are located in the North Cascades. Mount Rainier (14,410 feet), Mount St, Helens (8,366 feet) and Mount Adams (12,281 feet), are located in the South Cascades. See images of more mountains in the Cascade Range. The Washington Cascades have hundreds of miles of trails suitable for hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing as well as horse packing and mule packing.
Cascade Wilderness Outfitters Horse Packing
Based in Carlton, in Washington’s Methow Valley, Steve and Jess Darwood have been providing outdoor experiences in Washington’s Cascade mountains for four generations. Horse packing trips last 4 to 10 days and can accommodate 4 to 15 people. Deluxe and Standard trips are offered as well as a hiking option for those who would rather hike than ride. On the hiking option, all gear and food are transported by mules and a guide accompanies the group. For those who prefer to be more on their own, there is a “drop camp” option in which the outfitter takes you to your destination and returns at a prearranged time. You supply everything except transportation in and out. Trips are suitable for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, photography and those looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure.
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Early Winters Outfitting
Based in Mazama, in Washington’s Methow Valley Early Winters Outfitting, Aaron Lee and Judy Burkhart have been providing pack trips for families, photographers, fishermen, and hunters for over a decade. Horse packing trips are suitable for beginning and experienced riders. You may cook yourself or the outfitter will do it for you. An average day covers six to fifteen miles with time for fishing, hiking, and photography. If you wish to hike instead of ride, the outfitter will provide a guide and transport your gear and a pace that suits you.
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Based in Leavenworth, Washington, Icicle Outfitters offers horse packing and mule packing trips into the rugged North Cascade Mountains. Some of the trips enter into the unspoiled country of the Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Areas in the Wenatchee and the Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forests. Wranglers are environmentally-minded, experienced horsemen, packers, and backwoodsmen. In camp, guests enjoy hearty, home-style meals prepared by cooks who are experienced in backcountry cooking. Icicle Outfitters has been operated by Bruce and Sandy Wick since 1983.
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Three Peaks Outfitters
Located near Cle Elum, Washington, an hour and a half east of Seattle, Three Peaks Outfitters provided horse packing trips in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area that will match your personal interest whether it be fishing, hunting, photography, or experiencing the natural environment on horseback. Three Peaks Outfitters takes care of all the trip planning, provides all the gear and does the cooking. Horse packing trips are suitable for experienced or beginning riders. Drop camps are available where the outfitter packs you and your gear in and out of your selected location and you can stay as long as you like.
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