Highlights: Passing through the heart of the famed Giant Sequoia Groves that make the national park famous, this trip will give participants a taste of everything Sequoia National Park has to offer with a little less strain than the Rae Lakes Loop. This hike begins in beautiful meadows and forest before ascending above tree line showcasing amazing views of the Great Western Divide and a variety of majestic high alpine lakes. Participants will head up to Black Rock Pass at 11,600 feet before continuing back along the High Sierra Trail and finish by hiking through one of the most famous Sequoia Groves in the world, past trees like the enormous General Sherman. This Sequoia National Park backpacking trip is a great way to escape the crowds and see one of the largest trees on Earth!
Day 1; Wolverton Trailhead to Mehrten Creek ~6.5 miles +1,500 feet
On the first day you will meet your guide at the Giant Forrest Museum at 11 am then shuttle over to the Wolverton Trailhead. Here, you will get acquainted with your fellow hikers, your gear, and trip logistics. The group will learn about their chosen route on a map of the park, go over the current weather reports, and discuss group dynamics and Leave No Trace Principles. Once acquainted the group and gear, we will begin the hike gradually uphill along the High Sierra Trail and set up camp near Mehrten Creek. Guides will prepare a delicious dinner while hikers lounge by the creek and enjoy the sunset.
Day 2; Mehrten Creek to Hamilton Lakes ~9 miles +1,600 feet:
Today, you will wake up early to warm coffee or tea with your breakfast then begin ascending up above tree line to a series of high alpine lakes in the Hamilton/Precipice Lakes area. Up above the trees, vast views and vistas abound as you gaze upon the jagged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Day 3; Hamilton Lakes to Little Five Lakes ~8 miles +1,500 feet -200 feet
Today, we will continue our ascent up and over Kaweah Gap at 10,700 feet before continuing on to Little Five Lakes, another incredible series of high alpine lakes surrounded by massive crags and our camp for the night
Day 4; Day 4: Little Five Lakes to Redwood Meadow ~10.2 +1,000 feet -4,000 feet
Today, we will head up to the highest point of our journey at Black Rock Pass, 11, 600 feet before descending sharply for most of the rest of the day to the pleasant Redwood Meadow.
Day 5; Redwood Meadow to Mehrten Creek ~9 miles +1,000 feet
On Day 5, we will meet back up with the High Sierra Trail and head back to Mehrtern Creek, our camp from the first night.
Day 6; Mehrten Creek through Sequoia Grove to Wolverton Trailhead 8.5 miles +500 feet – 1,000 feet
Saving the best for last, on the final day, we will weave through the famous Giant Sequoia Groves passing the enormous General Sherman Tree and passing near the Giant Forrest Museum before returning back to the Trailhead and saying our farewells.
We include backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. All profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. Summits will not be attempted when clouds are in close proximity.
2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE: Our snowpack this winter is at 180% and growing. We anticipate a late opening for the High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Any trips through mid-late June can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.
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