Hiking & Horseback Riding


Hiking & Horseback Riding

Alpine Hiking 

The High Sierra wilderness and National Forest land that surrounds Kirkwood is home to some world class hiking trails. The Carson Pass area offers the casual or serious hiker plenty of opportunities to adventure and explore.  Kirkwood's trails access spectacular terrain, and there are plenty of alpine trails within a short drive. Hikers will also be treated to an abundance of wildflowers in June, July and August and some vivid fall colors when the aspens change in September and October.

Generally, we divide our hikes into “Peak Hikes” taking you through alpine meadows and summit views and “Lake Hikes” taking you to beautifully secluded high alpine lakes. Hikes vary from shorter hikes around the meadow, to alpine adventures.  There are hikes for all ability levels including kids and the elderly.  

Visit Summer HQ at Red Cliffs Day Lodge for trail recommendations, then head out on the mountain and explore!

Lift Operation

Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm

Hiker Chair Lift Rides  
Hiker Ticket $15
Hiker under 5 Free

If you have questions about hiking, or any of our other summer activities, contact Summer HQ at 209.258.7210 or email kirkwoodseasonpass [at] vailresorts [dot] com.

Horseback Riding @the Kirkwood Corral

Located in the Eastern Sierra’s right off the Old Carson Trial (Highway 88) in the beautiful river valley leading up to Kirkwood Ski Area. Kirkwood Corrals offers a high country get away day ride with a real feel for “off the beaten trail," yet your next to a year-round Ski Resort. 

One and a half hour ” The Loop ” Ride

  • $95.00/person: This ride will take visitors down granite slabs, across back country creeks, and through spectacular pine forests and wildflower filled meadows
  • This ride is a great time to see some beautiful back country.
  • Recommended for ages 7 years old & up!
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Half Hour Ride

  • $35.00/Person: This trail ride would use part of “The Loop”
  • Safe for children 7 years of age and up

Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters 

Jim and Karen Hagen invite you to join them for an exclusive escape on one of our seasoned, well cared for horses into the serenity of the Sierras with Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters, the original "Kirkwood Stables".

Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters U.S.F.S. Special Use Outfitter/Guide Permit gives us the privilege to offer Scenic Guided Horse Rides, Historical tours and Pack Trips throughout the Mokelumne Wilderness and the El Dorado National Forest. Encompassing  some of the most beautiful and spectacular terrain in the High Sierra you will find soaring mountain peaks, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows covered with wildflowers, densely wooded forest and some of the most majestic views imaginable for you to experience.

If solitude and great natural beauty appeal to your senses, this is the vacation spot for you.  You can fish or swim in one of the many lakes.  Photograph spectacular scenery, wildflower and wildlife.  This area offers something to please all outdoor enthusiasts.

 •All of our rides are individualized and personalized for your group.

www.kirkwoodsierraoutfitters.com or call (209) 258-7433