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5 hours), Lodgepole Visitors Center to pick up permits. Use these links to head to the other trip reports: Signup to receive articles about Ultralight Backpacking, Thru-Hiking and Gear Guides & Reviews. While I have hiked extensively in the High Sierra, I cannot speak confidently about every creek crossing. From here, it descends to the bottom of the Kern Trench. Pacific Crest Trail Wonderland Trail High Sierra Trail ... August 16, 2019. ** From Big Arroyo Junction, excluding the trip to Moraine Lake. Those 6 days in some of the most remote parts of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park blew me away with everything the Sierra has to offer - snow capped mountain ranges, sheer exposed drop offs and peaks, crystal clear alpine lakes, and lush grassy meadows. The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known as Kaweah Gap. Sierra High Route (2019 Hiking Trip Report) The Sierra High Route (SHR) or “Ropers’ High Route” was developed by Steve Roper in the 1970s. The campsites suggested in the following description are for hikers with a minimum amount of time to make the trek to Mt. This trip report covers my hike of the High Sierra Trail. Hiking along the bottom of the canyon can be hot and dry during the middle of the day. It was completed in the late 1920s / early 1930s. High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park thru-hike. These distances include the 4.8 mile side trip to the summit. The trail continues a steady to moderate descent to the campsites at Big Arroyo Junction (22.5 miles/36 km). Our start date for the trip was the 18th of August. The High Sierra Trail is a moderate to strenuous 61.5-mile trail through Sequoia National Park. There are campsites here, as well as at Crabtree Meadow (53.1 miles/85 km). High Sierra Trail: Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal es un sendero de punto a punto de 72 millas con tráfico pesado localizado cerca de Stony Creek Village, California. If you are coming from Upper Funston, retrace your steps to the junction with the trail from the Chagoopa plateau, and continue north along the bottom of the canyon. If you camp here, however, be aware that the sun drops behind the crest of the Sierras fairly early in the evening, and at 12,000' (3658 meters), the air cools down quickly. It descends into Big Arroyo, then climbs up to the Chagoopa Plateau, and drops down again into the Kern River Canyon. But the heat of the sun and the exposure were intense and tiring. If you wish to leave your backpack at this junction while you make the climb to the summit, be sure your food is secure from the hungry marmots who frequent this area. The right-hand trail branches off from the main High Sierra Trail to Moraine Lake (30 miles/48 km from Crescent Meadow). For the first half-mile, the trail travels through shady, well-watered terrain covered with dense forests of red and white fir, sugar pines, and occasional giant sequoias. (Entries are required.) Pickup after 1 PM the day before or before 9 AM the day of. After passing some nice campsites at Lone Pine Creek (13.1 miles/21.0 km from the trailhead), the trail follows a long series of switchbacks, overshadowed by the Angel Wings, a sheer granite wall to the north of the trail. Storm clouds were threatening and we had a hasty lunch before continuing on. The official trail length is 61.5 miles from Crescent Meadow to Mt. To reach Upper Funston Meadow (34.5 miles/55.2 km), turn south (right) upon reaching the bottom of the canyon. We experienced some snowfall and plenty of below-freezing nights and frost. East of Hamilton Gorge, the trail enters the alpine life zone of the Sierras, a region where the short growing season, avalanches and lack of soil make life impossible for plants other than herbs and low shrubs. All of us got up early and Sonic set off to get same-day permits for the next couple of weeks of hiking. Day 7 (if returning to Giant Forest) - to Kern Hot Springs (14.5 miles/23.2 km) or Upper Funston Meadow (18.5 mi./29.6 km): Retrace your previous route. The decision was made to start late in August for a couple of reasons. Whitney; then the trail begins its switchbacking climb to Trail Crest, the divide between the west and east sides of the Sierras. The High Sierra Trail has two great ascents – the first one over Kaweah Gap and the Great Western Divide, and the second over the Eastern Sierra and Trail Crest at Mt. It has groomed and switchbacked trails, established campsites and much more foot traffic. Still sweaty from the heat of the day and dusty from the fine soil trail, but it was so nice to be on an actual trail!!! The popular campsites here offer outstanding views and fair to good fishing for brook, rainbow and golden trout. Before (Saturday): Drive to Sequoia NP (approx. Lone Pine seemed a classic quirky trail town with everything we would be looking for. Or do you have a question about the gear I used? The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known as Kaweah Gap. March 6th, 2019 Oxnard, CA In store screening of The High Sierra Trail, and a live QA with the cast and crewat REI in Oxnard, CA. Be sure to check conditions when you pick up your permit. The High Sierra Trail goes from Sequoia National Park all the way to Mount Whitney, crossing the Great Western Divide. Precipice Lake, which is nestled beneath the north wall of Eagle Scout Peak, often stays frozen into mid-summer. Whitney. If you have a tighter schedule, you may wish to bypass Moraine Lake, an extra .8 miles (1.3 km), and proceed directly to Upper Funston Meadow, at the bottom of the Kern Trench. It is unsafe to be anywhere on top of the mountain or any exposed high place during a thunderstorm. High Sierra Trail Summary. The trail ascends steadily to Junction Meadow (42 miles/67.2 km). You may also camp at Trail Camp (65.7 miles/105.1 km from the trailhead) or Outpost Camp (68.7 miles/109.9 km) on the east side. March 2, 2019; Distance Hiked: 5.3 miles. I took some time to soak in the Kern Hot Spring, legit and well worth it! Whitney. The climb out of Hamilton Lake is … I would recommend starting a little earlier than this if it is a normal snow year to avoid colder temps. Not a bad day. It was great to start in a stand of sequoia and hike all the way to sub-alpine terrain. Lodgepole Visitor Center 7:00am-3:30pm daily. High Sierra Trail (Sept 2019) We got our permits! Before (Saturday): Drive to Sequoia NP (approx. We did a 3 day 34 mile backpack along the High Sierra Trail starting at Crescent Meadow, overnighting at Bearpaw Meadow and then Hamilton Lake before hiking out. It is 49 miles long and many people add on the extra 12.6 miles of the John Muir Trail to summit Mt Whitney. The trail starts at Crescent Meadow, near Visalia, California, crosses over the Great Western Divide, goes up Kern Canyon, then joins up with the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail at Wallace Creek. The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known as Kaweah Gap. The water from the spring is 115 degree F (46 degrees C). Stretching approximately 195 miles (314 km) north to south through the Sierra Nevada, it is a largely off-trail affair that stays between 9,000 ft (2,743 m) and 12,000 ft … If you have camped at Kern Hot Springs, however, remember that cold air from the surrounding peaks flows down the canyon at night, and that the sun will not clear the 2000 to 5000' (610 to 1524 meter) high canyon walls until relatively late in the morning. Track trans Sierra highways and resupply locations expected and actual opening and closing dates. It descends into Big Arroyo, then climbs up to the Chagoopa Plateau, and drops down again into the Kern Rive Whitney may wish to camp along one of the two forks of Nine Mile Creek (8.8 miles/14.1 km). Day 8 - to Big Arroyo (12 miles/19.2 km from Kern Hot Springs; 8 miles/12.8 km from Upper Funston): Retrace your previous route. Day 9 - Explore Nine Lakes Basin and return via Kaweah Gap to Hamilton Lakes (4.8 miles/7.7 km plus side trip): An unmarked trail leaves the High Sierra Trail at the point where it turns west and begins the climb up the east side of Kaweah Gap. Eventually, we started the long climb up to the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail. Those 6 days in some of the most remote parts of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park blew me away with everything the Sierra has to offer - snow capped mountain ranges, sheer exposed drop offs and peaks, crystal clear alpine lakes, and lush grassy meadows. There was strong sun exposure/heat at the start but adjusted quickly. Day 14 (Day 1 hiking the High Sierra Trail) – Lodgepole visitor center to Bucks Creek Campsite. The drop is moderate at first, but concludes with a series of steep, rocky switchbacks. Beyond the junction with the Seven Mile Hill Trail, which connects the High Sierra and Alta Trails, the trail crosses the steep slopes and bluffs of the south side of Alta Meadow and Alta Peak. Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now. We hit mosquitoes the first few weeks but they went away when the temperatures dropped. This event is free to the public, and is a preview party for the NatureTrack Film Festival. I finally had the opportunity to hike the High Sierra Trail, a trail I've been dying to do for years! These trip reports are taken from my daily journaling whilst hiking the High Sierra Trail and the other routes. The High Sierra Trail is a fully developed trail in Sequoia National Park. I’m Paul “Pie” Ingram a British dude living in Finland who hikes all over the world. *** The climb to the summit includes a 2.4-mile (each way) spur trail. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/high-sierra-trail Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now. You can then follo… After returning to Trail Crest, hikers heading out to Whitney Portal will descend 100 switchbacks to Trail Camp, a popular camping area for hikers coming from the east side. The High Sierra Trail is a moderate to strenuous 61.5-mile trail through Sequoia National Park. High Sierra Trail Summary. In 1932, Park Service engineers erected a steel suspension bridge across the Gorge, but in the winter of 1937, a massive avalanche tore the bridge from its moorings and swept its twisted wreckage down to the shores of Big Hamilton Lake. Altitude sickness is an illness that can occur when at high altitude (typically above 8,000 feet or 2,400 m). For instructions, refer to the end of this post. We shuttled over to the largest (not tallest) tree in the world, The Sherman tree. A hundred yards (91 meters) below Trail Crest, you will find the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) spur trail to the summit of Mt. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y … High Sierra Topix (HST) is a not-for-profit Sierra Nevada adventure community resource created by its members, for its members. High Sierra Trail (2019 Hiking Trip Report) The High Sierra Trail is a fully developed trail in Sequoia National Park. Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo Junction – 7.9 miles, 2,570′ ascent. While this trail was on our radar, we thought the High Sierra Trail would be a good way to ease into the behemoth JMT. Beyond Kern Hot Spring, the trail continues along the bottom of the glaciated valley of the Kern River. The High Sierra trail, within Sequoia, starts in Crescent Meadows, which is home to three of the five largest trees in the world. Or do you have a question about the gear I used? 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