Golden Trout

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” —John Muir

Perched high in the wilderness of the southern Sierra Nevada, Golden Trout Camp’s historic log cabins and cluster of canvas tents offer access to the beauties of the alpine ecosystem, adorned with ancient Foxtail pines, endangered Sierra Bighorn Sheep, and a myriad of unique flora and fauna. The camp, now run as the Golden Trout Wilderness School, offers a diversity of opportunities for high-school students from Thacher and other schools, adults, and families to take part in educational programs in the High Sierra.

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  • Golden Trout Wilderness School

    Thachers Golden Trout Wilderness School, under a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service, provides wilderness education programs during the summer months. More than half of the programs are grant-funded and dedicated to serving disadvantaged and minority youth. Other programs offer educational opportunities to the general public. Fees for these programs go toward the maintenance of the historic facility and toward providing excellent staff and instructors. For more details about what’s on offer this summer, please visit
  • 2016 Alumni Encampment at Golden Trout - 50th Anniversary

    It was 50 years ago that a small group of dedicated alumni secured the lease to a parcel of land in the southern Sierra Nevada known as Golden Trout Camp. Since then, the camp has been the site for thousands of people, young and old, to step out of the grind of their daily lives and to reconnect with nature. Urban youth, amateur naturalists, and decades of Thacher students have visited the camp, using it as a campus for the study of the natural world and themselves. Alumni have gathered with their families and classmates around its tables and campfire, deepening their personal connections while climbing mountains, swimming in alpine lakes, and enjoying the grandeur of the Sierra in its summer richness together.

    With 2016 as the Golden Anniversary of the summer that brought GTC and The Thacher School together, we will be offering a special 50th anniversary celebration at the camp in which we will commemorate the camp’s history, engage in the wild beauty to which it affords us access, and spend some time together to help envision its future as a wilderness learning center. This special alumni session will feature guided hikes, scrumptious food, and special evening presentations. We hope you will join us!

    Session I: July 10-15
    Session II: July 31-August 5

    Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. While these sessions are primarily for alumni and family, outside inquiries are welcome.

Contact GTC

If you have questions, please reach out to Program Director Cam Spaulding at
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Golden Trout Wilderness School is operated by The Thacher School under a special use permit with the Inyo National Forest.
A coeducational college preparatory boarding high school
The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, California, 93023

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