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Sequoia Loop Suggestions

Postby shadow11 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:33 pm

Looking for suggestions for about a 100 mile backpack loop in Sequoia this summer. I am debating between going from Lodgepole - Ranger Lake - Roaring River down Colby Pass to Junction Meadow to Funston Meadow to Little 5 Lakes to Bearpaw Meadow back to Lodgepole - or after Roaring River heading down Deadmans Canyon to Elizabeth Pass up to Precipice Lake and over to Little 5 Lakes to Bearpaw to Lodgepole. Any suggestions on which may be more scenic and less crowded or other suggestions for a loop?.

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Postby copeg » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:24 pm

I think any 100 mile loop in sequoia won't be a disappointment. How much time do you have?
In 2005 I did a loop similar to what you suggest, where I started at Crescent Meadow, went over Kaweah Gap and down into Kern canyon (the hot spring were amazing), up over Colby pass, then up through Deadman Canyon back to Crescent Meadow. Not sure about the mileage, I think it falls short of 100 by many 10's, but it sure was amazing. I'd recommend allowing time for sidetrips, as there are many places to divert along the way.
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Postby shadow11 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:47 am

Thanks for the info - you are right, any loop will be good. Planning on six days.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:49 am

Hi Shadow,
Welcome to Topix! We did a 5 day trip from Mineral King, Timber Gap, Redwood Meadow, Bearpaw Mdw, Hamilton Lk, Precipice Lk, Kaweah Gap, Big Arroyo, Little Five Lakes, Lost Canyon, Sawtooth Pass, and back to Mineral King. It was all on trail, and nowhere close to 100 mi. You could probably do side trips if you want to get more in. Like trailblazer said, you won't be disappointed.

Part 1: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/79181828tUUmhh
Part 2: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/79181842OcWxlF
Part 3: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/79181851hKCmli
Part 4: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/80705045ciDAaA
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Postby copeg » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:26 am

oops, forgot to add the link to my photos...which are here
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Postby shadow11 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:51 am

Thanks - great pictures. I thought I was late in applying for my permit and possibly the trail quots were full, but I just found out that they do not even accept reservations until March 1st.
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Alternate Sequoia Loop starting point

Postby oldranger » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:01 pm

If you don't want to bother with a reservation you can do the same loop by starting at the sunset meadow trailhead. You use one of three entrances from the same trail head. Unless you are starting on a holiday weekend only the Sugarloaf entrance has a chance of being full.

J.O. Pass Trail (Sunset Meadow trailhead): Limit 15 people/day.

Belle Canyon Trail (Sunset Meadow trailhead): Moderate hike; first 2 miles (3.2 km) hardest. Forests, lakes and vistas. 6 miles (9.6 km) to Seville Lake; 8 miles (12.8 km) to Lost Lake. First campsite - Rowell Meadow (2 miles/3.2 km) Limit 25 people/day.

Sugarloaf Trail (Sunset Meadow trailhead): Moderate hike. Spectacular glaciated canyons. First campsite - Rowell Meadow (2 miles/3.2 km) Limit 25 people/day.

The best places in the area are off the maintained trail. There are old cow and sheep trails all over the place if you know where to look. Also some old trapper cabins and mine claims.

Mike

I can do everything I used to do. It just takes me a little longer. Sometimes thats not so bad!
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Postby stevet » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:30 pm

Last summer did 128 mile loop, Crescent Mdw to Whitney Summit on the HST then returning via Kern-Kaweah, Colby Pass, Deadman Canyon. Spectacular scenery all the way. Read about it here http://forums.backpacker.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/953107219/m/3431023811 and here http://forums.backpacker.com/eve/forums ... 3041023811[url]. And pics here http://share.dell.shutterfly.com/action ... Wjhs4btnFA[/url].

But as was said earlier, there isn't a possibility of bad scenery. Steve
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Yep, I'm new here and planning a trip out.

Postby jimh » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:11 pm

trailblazer wrote:In 2005 I did a loop similar to what you suggest, where I started at Crescent Meadow, went over Kaweah Gap and down into Kern canyon (the hot spring were amazing), up over Colby pass, then up through Deadman Canyon back to Crescent Meadow. Not sure about the mileage, I think it falls short of 100 by many 10's


We are considering this very route but using Tom Harrison's map as a referrence, the mileage appears to be right at 90 miles. I saw another estimate at 75 miles. I assume you're using the HST until Junction Meadow, then west to Colby Pass...

May I ask what your best guesstimate of mileage is? How long did you take to do this route? Would you do anything differently?
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Postby maverick » Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:53 pm

Hi Jim

It came out to be 94 miles rounded up. Are you interested in cross-
country or does it have to be all trail?
How many miles do you do a day(trail and on xc routes)?
Do you want layover days included? If trail are you carrying bear
canisters or relying on bear boxes?
What month were you planning to go?
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Postby jimh » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:33 am

maverick wrote: Are you interested in cross-country or does it have to be all trail?


We're starting to look at some cross-country stuff now. Maybe explore the 9 Lakes Basin and Kaweah Basin or cross-country into Cloud Canyon, etc. My question is, are the trails going into these areas marked in any way? There appears to be quite a system of trails into the back country. How easy are they to find and follow and are there maps with these trails on them?

maverick wrote: How many miles do you do a day(trail and on xc routes)?


We are hoping to stay around 10 miles a day, maybe have 1 zero day to either fish or day hike. XC routes will slow us down so probably less than 10. Depends on our motivation. Good thing about Sequoia National Park is you don't reserve sites, so your trip can change as necessary. And it looks like we'll be carrying bear cans.

maverick wrote:What month were you planning to go?


Hitting the trailhead on Saturday, August 25th and exiting on Saturday August 31st. Wanna join us?

In reading other posts on this board, it is apparent that xc trails are everywhere to be found. My feeling is, we should determine what it is we wanna see and do, submit the suggestions here and let you guys help us out. But if you experts were me, what would you wanna see within the parameters suggested above.
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Postby maverick » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:30 pm

Hi Jim

9 Lakes Basin is xcountry but easily accessable from the trail
coming down from Kaweah Gap.
Kaweah Basin can be entered by 2 passes from the west and 1 from
the south(Pants Pass, Pyra Queen Col and Kaweah Pass). All are
class 2 passes. Pants pass is very steep on the last 30ft on both
sides! PQ Col is a little drawn out but pretty. Kaweah Pass is very
rocky on the northern side where footing can be quite precarious.
Their are no signed trail in these xcountry areas. You should be
experienced in reading topos and using a compass. Once in Kaweah
Basin you are on your own, literally away from it all!!
You'll have the prettiest basin in the Sierra to yourself with some of
the grandest views nature has to offer!!
Heres a few photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/maverick02/
You can make Bearpaw Meadow from Crescent Meadow the first
day and then to 9 Lake Basin the next. Then go over PQ Col in
KB. Then explore for a couple of days. Check out Picket Lake which
is the last lake on Picket Creek before it descends down towards
Kern Kaweah River.
Also the lake with the island in it is a cool camping place!!
If you want to go from 9 Lakes Basin to Cloud Canyon you'll have to
go over Lion Rock Pass and then Lion Lakes Pass both class 2.
You can get more info on this and other passes in " The High Sierra
Peaks, Passes, and Trails" by R.J. Secor. Go down Cloud Canyon and
up Deadman Canyon and over Elizabeth Pass, but this route even
though it envolves trail and xcountry will take you longer to complete.
Its about 65 miles long which will not allow for any layover days.
Thanks for the invite, but I going to attempt a southern entrance into
Red Spur Basin on the eastern side of Kaweah Basin from Chapooga
Plateau's Red Spur Creek which should be a first, sometime in July.
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