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2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby john barrett » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:14 pm

First, thanks for all the suggestions yall have given on my Yosemite trip. I have decided to stop in sequoia/kings canyon for 3 nights from June 16-18 before I drive up to Yosemite. I am looking for ideas for a nice loop preferably with not too much snow because my girlfriend will be with me and she is a newbie to backpacking (only 2 nights on PCT in SoCal). Thank you for any help you can provide.



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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby oldranger » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:49 pm

No low elevation loops that I know of, perhaps an up and back to paradise valley. Likely to be multitudes due to limited opportunities this year.

Might consider day hikes out of giant forest or Cedar and just car camp.

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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby john barrett » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:58 pm

doesn't need to be low elevation. Is the snow real bad in the southern sierras too? I know I can handle the snow and believe she can as well. Any loop recommendation will be nice and we can decide after getting there and seeing the conditions.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:25 pm

All the routes in SEKI will be snowy. I would expect them to be - most of the trails start higher than many of the Yosemite hikes. There is still ample snow along the sides of the road. We hiked to Mist Falls and encountered backpackers who wanted to do Rae Lakes loop (folly for anyone who doesn't want to deal with snow) and were turned back at Upper Paradise.

You might get out to Bearpaw and back, it's lower. But be careful where there are creek crossings, the water will be high and dangerous.

It is snowing this weekend, down to 7,000 feet. There were chain requirements in Yosemite and the road between Kings Canyon and Sequoia was actually closed recently for a short time. You need to check the road conditions as well as the trail conditions before you go and carry cables or chains - clearly this is not normal and the weather is not predictable at all.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby john barrett » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:06 pm

what about any other hikes in the sierras. hiked the PCT in 08 but am not familiar with anything else. Doesn't need to be a loop. Any suggestions for a three night trip even if we have to hike from a basecamp. The less people the better.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby maverick » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:00 pm

John wrote "my girlfriend will be with me and she is a newbie to backpacking
(only 2 nights on PCT in SoCal)."
"I know I can handle the snow and believe she can as well".

Are you sure you want to expose her to winter camping as a newbie?
If you do, make sure she is comfortable as possible otherwise you may turn her off from
backpacking for good, also make sure it is something she wants to do, and not something
your pushing her into because you want to get out.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:42 pm

There are really nice campgrounds in Cedar Grove or Lodgepole. You can day hike and see a lot too- Mist Falls, Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, Middle fork Keweah to Panther Creek Falls. However, I think Yosemite has better day hiking. I would spend a few days in Yosemite Valley day hiking. The 12mile Valley floor loop is really nice. We have also taken bicycles and really enjoyed bicycling the valley. You can rent bicycles at Curry Village. And the Mist trail up to top Nevada Falls,and JMT down is classic. As is Yosemite Falls.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:31 am

The best you'll likely do is a one night backpack before you hit snow, honestly.

I'd car camp and dayhike - you'll see and do a lot more that way.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby Bandito » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:51 pm

The middle fork trail isn't too strenuous but you'd need to do an up and back.

It's about 3k-6k ft, and I got snowed on last weekend with the snow being as low as 4k ft but by June you should be fine.

The trail has a couple of creek crossings in the first 6 miles that shouldn't be too bad in June and past that there are foot bridges.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:06 am

Bandito wrote:The middle fork trail isn't too strenuous but you'd need to do an up and back.

It's about 3k-6k ft, and I got snowed on last weekend with the snow being as low as 4k ft but by June you should be fine.


Posted on JUNE 5th. :p

A friend of mine hiked the middle fork and nearly drowned in a creek crossing... be careful out there.
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Re: 2-3 day loop in sequoia/kings canyon

Postby SSSdave » Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:29 pm

All you are going to get with that kind of question given current conditions is ill advised suggestions for going places that are snowy, soggy, wet, or chilly. Often by those who don't have much a sense of elevations. So broaden your Southern Sierra possibilities for areas well below the national parks and any snow.

I could provide a long list of lower and mid forest trails and destinations though most locations are infrquently or rarely used for backpacking. But this year is a perfect time to do so there. An example is the Ash Peaks Ridge trail in Sequoia National Park:

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.53309,-118.83830&z=15&t=T

One reason I know about many of these places is for years I've searched out about rarely hiked places for wildflowers and in autumn, tree species with changing leaves. The above trail for instance has wonderful big leaf maple and Pacific dogwood and one is more likely to see a deer or bear than another person.

Another with definitely no snow haha, Garlic Falls trail from east of Pine Flat Reservoir:

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.85912,-118.99498&z=15&t=T

Don't even need a wilderness permit. Nice views of the river. Or better camp right along the river by driving on the south side of the Kings River to Mill Creek. Then cross the creek (small wade) and hike along the abandoned jeep road as far as desired then make camp. Won't be like wilderness as there is the dirt road on the other side of the big river but its a backpack and interesting.
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