Southern Sierra Council Trail Awards

(Southern Sierra Council)


Different patches are awarded by the Southern Sierra Council for the Domeland, Golden Trout, Kern Plateau, Monarch, Paiute, and Mt. Whitney trails. The requirements listed below are the same for the first five awards. There are additional requirements for the Mt. Whitney Trail Award.
It is recommended that you attempt to obtain a current copy of "Southern Sierra Council Award Trails". This brochure contains emergency procedures, hike profiles, hike descriptions, required topo maps, and other valuable information.


Note: All these awards require backpack trips of 25 or more miles in length with at least 3-4 days, and usually more, on the trail.

  1. Meet and comply with all General Requirements.

  2. Outing Leader or another 21-year old adult going on trip must have completed the Basic Backpack Awareness Course.

  3. Each participant, including adults, must complete a minimum of three (3) conditioning overnight backpacking trips, including one at or near the altitude of the proposed trip, within three months prior to departing on the trip.

  4. Outing Leader/Unit submit an itinerary showing hike plan, roster, pack list and menu, to your Council's High Adventure team for approval.

  • These awards are sponsored by the Southern Sierra Council and may be obtained through the Southern Sierra High Adventure Team (HAT). Please contact Cindy Basham at (661) 834-2415 or email her at for more info.


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