Great Family Adventures: 'Hiking the John Muir' With Mountain Travel Sobek

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Many consider the little stroll named after John Muir to be the planet’s best hiking trail. It’s really tough, with elevation changes of thousands of feet, so few people consider attempting it with children. On this 17-day trip, though, mules carry the load, drastically increasing your odds of summiting the highest mountain in the lower 48 with loved ones. Along the way, you cover 146 miles of wilderness with spectacular views of Evolution Basin, the Palisades Lakes, and some of the Sierras’ most storied summits. Consider booking this trip only if your family is fit and hardy—in-shape teens will have an easier time of it than younger kids.

OUTFITTER: Mountain Travel Sobek, which operates on all continents, has more than 40 years of experience coordinating small-group adventures.

ITINERARY: Fresno to Florence Lake, Goddard Canyon, Evolution Lake, Leconte Canyon, Palisades Lakes, Kings River, Crater Mountain Plateau, Arrowhead Lake, Center Basin, Forester Pass, Wallace Creek, Guitar Lake, Mount Whitney, Rock Creek, Lone Pine and back to Fresno.

DATES: Departs August 23.

PRICE: From $6,295 per person, including guidance, overnight accommodations and use of camping gear, entrance and permit fees, basic medical and evacuation insurance, and most meals.

INFO: mtsobek.com, (888) 831-7526.

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