I'm planning a trip up to the Tablelands in Sequoia NP for mid-June (leaving on or around the 15th). Here's a map:
https://caltopo.com/m/3C74 (hide the "old info" folder)
And here's the plan:
- - Depending on when we can leave, our first day would either a 6 mile hike into Pear Lake, or an 8 mile hike into Table Meadows. Either way, it’s not too strenuous, so we can get acclimated.
- - Day 2 is a hike through the Tablelands to Lonely Lake (5 miles or 7 miles, depending on where we camp the night before). We’ll spend a 1.5 miles hiking along the Kings-Kaweah Divide, so we’ll get some gorgeous views. I’m guessing there’s good fishing here. Has anybody here done this? Does the cross-country route I plotted have any pitfalls to it?
- - Day 3 sends us over Horn Col to meet up with the Deadman Canyon trail. Then we go downhill for the rest of the day until we hit Hamilton Lakes. 7 miles, almost all downhill—a nice easy day, giving us time to play around at Valhalla.
- - Day 4 is long and flat. 14 miles along the High Sierra Trail takes us back to the trailhead.
Any thoughts? There will be four of us—three experienced backpackers who've been up this way before, and one newbie.
My main concern is snow, since my previous trips to the Tablelands have been late in the season. This route mostly avoids North-facing slopes, but it does go up to 11,500' (at Big Bird Peak). I'm also concerned about the traverse from Horn Col to the Elizabeth Pass trail, I'm guessing that could be hairy. I have microspikes, but I'm pretty sure the others don't. Do you think they'd be worth bringing/buying, or will we be OK with good tread and trekking poles?
Thanks for the help!