Welcome to Mountain Education!
Extended Weekend .
Apply your knowledge .
More Challenging Terrain
“skills and confidence…”
News & Coming Events…
Mountain Education, Inc. has become a non-profit, public charity! Now you can donate to help our Mission and get a tax deduction, too!
Sierra Trail Info (July):
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
John Muir Trail (JMT)
– There is no more snow on these trails to worry about!
– Creeks are running low, so most crossings can be done via rock-hops except Evolution which will be a shallow wade.
– Lakes are pretty full and most still have running outflows to get water from except Chicken Spring which is about 3 feet low.
– Mosquitoes are not as bad as expected, but take a headnet and repellent!
Private Courses: If you desire focused wilderness education or have a personal schedule that doesn’t work with group instruction, let us know!
Check out our Courses Page for the exact dates of all our Wilderness Skills Course Offerings!
Who we are…
We are a non-profit, public charity impassioned to teach you how to have fun and rewarding year ’round backpacking trips of your own. Common sense stuff, nothing technical. Wise tips to get you started. All taught right on the trail!
For the “Wild” bunch interested in heading out to the Pacific Crest Trail for a little solitude and peace of mind, we offer “Basics” courses that teach you what to buy, how to plan, where to pitch, and why, before you even leave home!
We are, also, very concerned about your safety out there, so we are beginning an association with the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) to offer you backcountry medical training in case something goes wrong on your next trip! Watch for these courses in the future!
After all, Mountain Education’s Mission is to minimize wilderness accidents, injury, and illness in order to maximize wilderness enjoyment, safety, and personal growth, all through experiential education and risk awareness training!
In our minds, after 47 years of hiking and teaching in the backcountry, there are few things better than a “walk in the woods!” However, there are some things to be aware of before you go….
Our Summertime, “Mountain Basics” courses will get you started toward feeling content on a trail, but from the comfort of a base camp!
“Mountain Intermediate” will show you how to backpack, to walk, see, and do new things on the move every day!
“Mountain Advanced” will make you start thinking about hiking something more challenging like the Pacific Crest Trail!
Wintertime is all about the quiet and camping on snow! Snow-Hiking and Snow-Camping are nothing to be afraid of and we’re here to dispel those concerns!
Learn how to stay warm and dry, follow a trail you can’t see, and go up, down, and across almost anything. Why put away your pack and tent when it starts snowing?