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Backpacking Trip Budget: $200 each

July 28, 2009

Camping Budget: $392 for two


  • Overpriced tent cabin near trail:  $62
  • Hotel for final night:  $100
  • Wilderness Permit for camping 3 nights:  $15

Transportation:  $90

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee:  $20
  • Gas:  $70

Food:  $125

  • Backpacking Food:  $65 for two for 4 days.  (includes 3 freeze dried meals at $6/each, jerky, oatmeal, dried fruit, peanut M&Ms w/nuts, flat bread and peanut butter, lots of Cliff/Luna bars, cheeze-its, Gatorade mix, energy sport beans, Cliff shot blocks).  All stuffed into a (rented) bear canister.
  • Food on the road:  $60 (?) One meal while driving up, plus another dinner after we get off the trail, plus some food on the way home.  Likely nothing fancy, so could be much less.

Total (per person): $196

Compare that to last years summer vacation, per person$540

Of course, this is a totally different kind of trip than last years trip to Vegas/Grand Canyon (and I want to go back to both!).  We could have cut costs by not staying in a hotel, or making the drive back to L.A. the day after we finish hiking, or even just camping the first night.  But this is our main summer vacation for this year and the most challenging trip we’ve ever done — 4 days, 3 nights, 44 miles, loads of elevation.   After all that, I think a night in a decent hotel is well worth it!

It is too bad that a lot of the really great backpacking trips require 5+ hours driving — it makes them hard to do, even on a long weekend.   Just wait for the photos — this place is beautiful!

We might take a a fall mini-vacation to Vegas too — my cousin is supposedly planning something for my uncle’s birthday there, and it would be silly to skip a chance to see my relatives/parents/siblings or whoever comes.  I haven’t heard any details.  Vegas is ultra cheap lately, so I’m not worried about it yet.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2009 9:10 pm

    That sounds really planned!! way to go!

  2. July 29, 2009 6:43 pm

    Looks like you have everything sorted out well!


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