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Created in 1890, Sequoia National Park is home to the largest trees on earth and the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. At 404,063 acres and over 90% of designated wilderness, Sequoia offers over 800 miles of hiking trails. This park protects the Giant Forest, which has the world's largest tree, General Sherman, as well as four of the next nine tallest. It also has over 240 caves, the tallest mountain in the lower 48, Mount Whitney, and the granite dome Moro Rock.
Mildly strenuous unless you are is great shape. My husband and I have done it several times and have usually had the lake to ourselves. There are some tough moments of scrambling over rocks, and at times the trail is hard to keep track of, but we love it and will likely do it again.
As with all the Sierra hikes I've done, they just don't disappoint. We did this loop back in July of 2013, and it was as good as all the rest we have done. I started this trek from the Wolverton parking area just up the road from Lodgepole. We hiked the first day to Buck creek and camped there. That was far enough for one day. Lots of people push on to Bearpaw, but I'm glad we stopped here. Not many places to camp here though, maybe 4-5 spots, that's it. The next morning we headed up to Bearpaw and checked out the High Sierra camp area for a while before continuing on to the Hamilton Lakes. Quite a few places to camp at Bearpaw. We spent our 2nd night at the bigger Hamilton Lake. Plenty of places to spread out up there and pitch a tent. Nice spot for sure. The next day we headed up the trail from there towards Kaweah Gap. This a fairly steep section of trail. It takes you past Precipice Lake which has some awesome color to it. Greens and blues. We stopped here for a while to take a break. Then on up and over Kaweah Gap and down into the 9 Lakes Basin. We went cross country from the main trail to get to where would camp for 2 nights above Horseshoe Lake. Just beautiful in there. Old weathered Foxtail pines all around us. The next day, we hiked up to the highest of the 9 Lakes as a day hike, without the packs on. Incredible views up there and you are right beneath the Black Kaweah and Kaweah Queen of the Kaweah range. The last morning the reflection shots down at Horseshoe Lake were worth getting up early for. That day brought us down Big Arroyo Canyon and then back up to the Little Five Lakes for our next night. The hike up from the bottom if Big Arroyo was a pretty good pull. Wasn't expecting it to be that tough. Another night by a high country lake with views of the Kaweah range that were awesome. The next day brought us up and over Black Rock Pass. This was steep, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Another incredible viewpoint. You could see all the way to Mt. Whitney from here. Now the hike down the other side into Cliff creek, was long and seemed it would never end. The trail was overgrown in a lot of places and it began to wear on you. Was really glad when we got to the Jct. of the Timber Gap trail. We went about another mile and camped right along side the creek. A spot I found once again from Google earth. Our second last day dawned as another clear blue Sierra day again. Love it. We headed down stream towards Redwood Meadow where we thought we would take our first break. The mosquitoes were so bad right there, it forced us to just keep going.. FAST. So we stopped at Eagle Scout creek instead which was bug free. Then from there it was back to Bearpaw and retracing our steps at that point. We camped again at Buck creek and the next day walked back to the truck. Great loop hike, but it has a lot of up and down in it. A lot!!! A good portion of this is on the High Sierra trail which goes all the way to Mt. Whitney. You can also start and end this hike at Crescent Meadow in the giant forest. That is the actual start of the High Sierra trail. Love the High Sierra, can't get enough.
Hiked this trail on 2/1/17 went up to whiskeylog camp stopped at ladybug camp to rest trail is wonderful so many ladybugs nice little waterfall towards the end of ladybug camp was nice and would recommend for a small day hike after ladybug camp the trail started to have plenty of snow on it for about a mile i was hiking on snow very nice trail only complaint i have is south fork rd to get to the trail head is very very rough i would not recommend a car unless you were driving 2mph there is some spots where a 4x4 could get stuck just a little bit to think about
Hiked on 2-2-17 A solid hike i have done this hike a couple times before and it is wonderful worth the 3.7 miles to the waterfalls one thing i noticed this time around were the ticks so many of the them hanging on to the grass if you stopped and looked close you would see alot i ended up with one on my chest when i got too the falls i noticed him and removed it i would strongly recommend a tick spray i heard Permethrin is good for that just a heads up