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Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby NYSportz » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:12 pm

Hi everyone,

I was hoping to get some advice on a 4-5 day trip through Sequoia/Kings Canyon. A friend and I will arrive in the area May 14-15, and need to be back on the road by early afternoon on May 19. I understand these parks will still have plenty of snow on the ground at that time. We will be equipped to deal with this, but aren't sure of the most scenic and passable routes at that time of year. We are both bringing our DSLRs along with us, so good opportunities for photography would be ideal - but really, we just want to be out there enjoying the trail.

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby Cross Country » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:21 pm

Probably the higher you are the better the pics, but in mid May you can't get high on a BP trip. You may be able to get to Paradise Valley. It's a truly beautiful place, and a scenic hike.
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:38 pm

Hi NYSportz,

You will most likely be referred to this post before you'll get some informative replies: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4205

This format will help the locals here best advise you. Welcome and enjoy!
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby Mike M. » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:18 am

Be sure to bring your snowshoes!

You might consider hiking up to Kearsarge Pass, from the east side. The road to the trailhead in Onion Valley is often open even in early May. But the trail will have plenty of snow. It is extremely photogenic!

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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby NYSportz » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:50 am

Thanks for the advice so far. I actually read that sticky yet managed to not include most of the answers in my post #-o

I'd put us at level 2 or 3 in terms of experience. I think we'd feel most comfortable with class 2 terrain, maybe class 3 - but we aren't bringing any climbing gear. Snow travel and glacier crossings are fine by us. We'd prefer to do a loop, but out-and-back is fine, too.

We don't have any specific "interests" besides photography. We will have 4 or 5 full days to spend on the trail. I'm not really sure on mileage - that will largely depend on what conditions we face on the trail. And we will not have a dog with us.

Thanks again!
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby balzaccom » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:00 am

Again--just make sure you are prepared for snow. The snow level in May can be as low as 7,000 feet.
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:41 am

Why not try for a good hike in the Golden Trout Wilderness (from the west side) or the Domeland Wilderness?
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby NYSportz » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:57 am

East Side Hiker wrote:Why not try for a good hike in the Golden Trout Wilderness (from the west side) or the Domeland Wilderness?


Actually this is a good point, and something I was just about to post - we don't necessarily have to hike Sequoia/Kings Canyon. It seemed logical geographically (we are coming from Grand Canyon May 13/14 and need to be in the Bay Area May 20). I'll check out your suggestions.

Also, thanks for the note, balzaccom. We will be snowshoe-equipped. Your site is very helpful, too!
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Re: Sequoia/Kings Canyon in May

Postby texan » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:48 pm

If you want solitude the Domeland wilderness is a great place to hike in early season.

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