The backbone of things to do in and around Camp Silver Fir are hiking and backpacking. Camp Silver Fir is the gateway to the Dinkey Lakes and Kaiser Wildernesses. With over 20 lakes and creeks in the Dinkey Lakes basin, this trek can be customized to suit the ability and desires of your group. A typical backpack itinerary can be five to seven days in the backcountry. You’ll want to acclimate a night at Camp Silver Fir before heading out on the trail. You can stay at a different High Sierra lake each night. The Dinkey Lakes area has the advantages of a very flexible itinerary, enabling unit leaders to select which trails, lakes and meadows they wish to visit during their trek.
The gentle slopes of the Western Sierras provide easy grades and trails are well defined and easy to follow. You can hike to the top of Three Sisters at an elevation of 10,619′, or Dogtooth Peak at an elevation of 10,311′, providing spectacular views of the Western Sierras.
Several High Adventures Awards including the Dinkey Lakes Loop patch and the Seven League Boot are available for Scouts completing a week long backpacking trek in the Dinkey Lakes or Kaiser Wilderness.
When you get off the trail your unit will want to return to Camp Silver Fir for a much-needed shower and to cook a great meal. The campfire circle at Silver Fir is a nightly favorite for those in camp, where songs, skits and stories are enhanced by the mesmerizing firelight’s glow. There is nothing like a starry night under the High Sierra sky.
- Dinkey Lakes Wilderness: link to USFS information
- Kaiser Wilderness: link to USFS information
- John Muir Wilderness: link to USFS information
- Maps and Publications: link to USFS information
- Sierra National Forest – High Sierra Ranger District
- Wilderness Permit Information
- Campfire Permits – Get permit online