Primrose Lake Trail Sequoia National Park backcountry hike
If you are hiking to Sky Blue Lake in the high mountain backcountry of Sequoia National Park, There are nearby lakes worth visiting. Primrose Lake, is located just off the side of Miter Basin and is a scenic destination. To get to Primrose Lake, follow Upper Rock Creek to Miter Basin. Pass the Major General on the right and turn left up the last cirque before the ridge that separates Primrose... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 28 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
Sky Blue Lake Trail Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada Mountains California
A remote and picturesque basin on the west side of Sequoia National Park rises to a large lake with waters so deep and blue you will think you are staring up at the heavens. The trek up Miter Basin begins at Rock Creek Meadow, nine miles from the nearest trailhead. Those making the hike typically stay overnight in the area, and nearby Lower Soldier Lake offers great camping for... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Creeks · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Pacific Crest Trail · Waterfalls
Distance: 26 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
New Army Pass sierra nevada mountains sequoia national park hiking trail john muir wilderness
New Army Pass lies at the end of Cottonwood Lakes Trail, 7.5 miles from Horseshoe Meadow. The pass provides off-trail ascents to two nearby summits, Mount Langley and Cirque Peak. A trail down the northwest side of the pass ventures into Sequoia National Park with access to countless backcountry destinations including Lower Soldier Lake, Sky Blue Lake, and Mount Pickering. Lower Soldier... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · John Muir Wilderness · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 19.2 miles · Elevation change: 2300 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 12, 2018
Lower Soldier Lake Trail Sequoia National Park hike Inyo National Forest backcountry backpacking
Lower Soldier Lake lies at 10,800 feet on the eastern edge of Sequoia National Park. This is a favored place for backpackers to bed down, and for good reason. A host of trails and off-trail targets make this a prime base camp. The nearest trailhead is Horseshoe Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, which offers two routes to Lower Soldier Lake. About half a mile separates the start of the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Golden Trout Wilderness · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 19.2 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
Cirque Peak Trail Sierra Nevada Mountains Summit Hike California Cottonwood Lakes Inyo National Forest Golden Trout Wilderness John Muir Wilderness
Cirque Peak can be reached from either Cottonwood Pass Trail or Cottonwood Lakes Trail. The mountain rises between the two, straddling the divide of the Golden Trout and John Muir Wildernesses. The summit boasts an excellent panorama with a good look at Mount Langley to the north, the Cottonwood Lakes to the east, and the sprawling Sierra to the west. By far the easiest approach to Cirque... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Golden Trout Wilderness · John Muir Wilderness · Lone Pine · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 19 miles · Elevation change: 2900 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
Mount Langley 14er Sierra Nevada High Peaks Hike Sequoia National Park backcountry backpacking summit Mount Langley Mt. Langley summit hike Mt Langley
Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley's hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. The summit provides expansive views, solitude, and a deep feeling of accomplishment. At least... Read more.
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Distance: 22 miles · Elevation change: 4000 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 2, 2021
Sespe Creek Willett Hot Springs Ojai hot springs hike
Located just north of Ojai, Sespe Wilderness is the largest wilderness area within Los Padres National Forest, occupying 342 square miles. Sespe Creek cuts through this land and the adjacent trail offers great views of a wide valley and scenic creek. The trail starts from Piedra Blanca trailhead near Rose Valley Falls and leaves the dense green of the bays, oaks, and chaparral for grassland... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2017

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