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Sequoia / Kings Canyon, CA

Jul 1 - Jul 9, 2017 -- $1350 ★★★★

Kings Canyon is a beautiful Sierra wonderland with towering mountains, thundering waterfalls and rugged pulchritude. The amazing views in this true wilderness are inescapable. We will be hiking the iconic Rae Lakes Loop that is is one of the most sought out destinations in the Sierra. The Rae Lakes Loop coincides with several miles of the famed John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail where we'll encounter several distance hikers on extended treks.


Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park is also a land of Giants. The enormous General Grant Sequoia Tree is one of the largest trees in the world (by volume). On our trip, we will walk among immense and rare giant sequoias in one of the few remaining groves where old growth redwoods have been preserved. These leviathan trees are centuries or even millennia old and can grow more than 300' tall.


Our journey will begin in the General Grant Grove in Kings Canyon. We will day-hike among the giant sequoias as a warm-up before heading over to Road's End deep in the heart of Kings Canyon to begin the Rae Lakes Loop. We'll do a grand loop up Bubb's Creek, camping at East Lake before joining the John Muir Trail. We'll spend a night at Charlotte Lake and ascend the over 12,000' Glen Pass. We'll visit Rae Lakes, Sixty Lakes, Arrowhead Lake and Dollar Lake. We'll end our journey via the also beautiful Woods Creek Trail.


Come walk through time in the amazing canyons of Kings Canyon. There is a good chance of seeing black bears, big horn sheep, yellow bellied marmots, mule deer, pika, short tailed-weasels and maybe even mountain lions, so why not join us this summer?



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures well into the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 80s and as low as 30 plus violent afternoon thunderstorms. Here is the historical July weather.



Trip Leaders

Rick Romine
Kia Mosenthal


Cost

$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Fresno, CA (FAT), personal equipment and any restaurant meals eaten off the trail.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 7 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, Satellite Phone, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.



Important Notes

The trails through Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park are well groomed with good footing. However, elevation gain and loss can be dramatic. Furthermore, some days are relatively high mileage making this trip difficult at times, but also rewarding, with incredible scenery few ever get to see, that continually changes and keeps you engaged.


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fly, bus or drive into Fresno, CA (FAT). Some time between Noon - 3PM is the ideal time to arrive, but flights are limited, so if you can save a substantial amount on trip costs by arriving a few hours earlier or later, you should do that.


Note: Flights to Fresno can be expensive, so book early. It's possible that someone else will drive in from San Francisco (3+ hours) so we might be able to arrange a carpool if you decide to do this.

Take the free airport shuttle to Hampton Inn & Suites Clovis-Airport North, 855 Gettysburg Ave, Clovis, CA, 93612, 559-348-0000


Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought.


Trail mix distribution


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Go to Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, 6264 N. Blackstone Ave, (559) 435-8600, for last minute or forgotten equipment


Go out for a group welcome dinner (not included in trip cost)



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Second set of "before" measurements taken


Free breakfast in Hotel


Cars may be left at Hotel. However, the hotel may charge you a fee and assumes no responsibility for your car's security and will have you sign a document saying so.


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and placed in storage


Shuttle to Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park (about 2 hours)


Stop at General Grant Sequoia Grove


Day-hike about 1.0 miles in General Grant Sequoia Grove


Shuttle over an hour on California 180 to Road's End, elevation 5100'


Pick up backcountry permit and being backpacking portion of the trip.


Hike 1.8 miles to Bubbs Creek Trail Intersection, elevation 5150'


Hike 2.1 miles on the Bubbs Creek Trail to the Avalanche Pass Trail, elevation 6750'


Camp along Bubbs Creek just after the Avalanche Pass Trail, elevation 6750'


Miles today: 4.9 miles. Total to Date: 4.9 Miles


Possible Bailout: Roads End


Monday, July 3, 2017

Hike 6.3 uphill miles to Junction Meadow, elevation 8200'


Turn right and hike 2.4 miles to East Lake, elevation 9466'


Camp at East Lake, elevation 9466'


Miles today: 8.7. Total miles: 12]3.6


Possible bailout: Very distant, no good options



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hike 2.4 miles to Junction Meadow, elevation 8200'


Turn right and hike 1.1 miles to the JMT intersection with Bubbs Creek Trail, elevation 9600'


Turn left and hike 1.1 miles to the Charlotte Lake turnoff, elevation 10750'


Hike 1.1 miles to Charlotte Lake Patrol Cabin


Camp at Charlotte Lake, elevation 10600'.


Miles today: 5.7. Total miles: 19.3


Possible bailout: Kearsarge Pass / Onion Valley



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hike 1.1 miles to the John Muir Trail, elevation 10750'


Hike 3.9 Northbound miles on the John Muir Trail over Glen Pass (elevation 11978') to Rae Lakes, elevation 10550'.


There is a reasonably good possibility of snow on Glen Pass


Turn left and hike 2.3 miles on the Sixty Lakes Basin Trail to the Sixty Lakes


Option: We might instead chooose to camp at Rae Lakes and day-hike (not carrying a full pack) into Sixty Lakes.


Camp at Sixty Lakes, elevation 10850'.


Miles today: 7.3. Total miles: 26.6


Possible bailout: Kearsarge Pass



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hike 2.3 miles on the Sixty Lakes Basin Trail to Rae Lakes, elevation 10550'


Hike 7.1 Nouthbound miles on the John Muir Trail to a suspension bridge just befor the intersection with the Woods Creek Trail, elevation 8500'.


Camp on the John Muir Trail near the suspension bridge, elevation 8500'.


Miles today: 9.4. Total miles: 36.0


Possible bailout: Very distant, no good options


Friday, July 7, 2017

Hike about 7.4 downhill miles on the Woods Creek Trail to the South Fork Kings River, elevation 6500'


Camp near the South Fork Kings River, elevation 6500'.


Miles today: 7.4. Total miles: 43.4


Possible bailout: Very distant, no good options


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hike about 6.0 downhill miles on the Woods Creek Trail to the intersection of the Bubb's Creek Trail, elevation 5150'


Turn right and hike 1.8 miles to Road's End, elevation 5100'


End of hiking


Miles today: 6.0. Total miles: 49.4


Possible bailout: Road's End


Shuttle back to Fresno. Check back into Hampton Inn & Suites Clovis-Airport North, 855 Gettysburg Ave, Clovis, CA, 93612, 559-348-0000


Your stuff will be transported here shortly after we arrive and check in


After measurements taken


Go out to celebratory dinner (not included in trip cost) and awards Ceremony


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Free hotel breakfast

Free airport shuttle


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