Pear Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fly fishing and is best used from June until October.
Directions from Big Stump Entrance: Follow Highway 180 northward to Generals Highway. Turn right on to Generals Highway and follow it approximately 27 miles to the turn off for Wolverton. Turn left and drive two miles to the trailhead.
Don't forget your fishing pole!
This a long day hike but the hike up to pear lake was worth it. Once you get to the watchtower the scenery does not stop
Decided to hike to Pear Lake for the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. Was cooler than expected for the end of August being higher up in elevation and a constant breeze through our trek. Multiple creeks intersect the trail or run parallel until Heather Lake so water is plentiful. The hike is pretty strenuous as it constantly at an incline. Plenty of wildlife. Saw deer, bears, and awoke to coyotes howling into the frigid night. Beautiful and intense. Bound to do it again, but next time in the snow and a lighter packed bag.
A great hike to get familiar with Sequoia and the Sierra wilderness overall! The rating is very correct, it's tough hike with a fairly consistent incline the entire way into the lake areas. We underestimated it and had the trail kick our butts the first day. The trek back out took less than half the time due to it all being downhill. Met the local black bear who has been seen rooting around the Emerald Lake campground- make sure you are strict with keeping the food/scented items in the bear boxes. The views from Watchtower are breathtaking.
We loved this hike. We went with all five of our family including a 10 year old and the kids will never forget it. They did tire at the end but got through great. There are some sheer cliffs we had to watch out for. We started in the early side and they were up to the watchtower before they knew it.
"Top 10" hike to Pear Lake. Spectacular views and relatively few people on a weekday. Watchtower trail is the best route both out and back. Hump trail is less interesting and aptly named. Heather Lake is a great lunch spot and turnaround if Pear Lake is out of reach.
This is not an easy trail, but as with most trails, is well worth the energy exerted. There are two ways to get to Pear Lake. One way via watchtower and one via hump trail. I have taken watchtower twice now, and have avoided hump because I have heard that it is literally, uphill both ways.
Watchtower gives an incredible view onto a river valley and is a great hike. I would be scared to take kids on this trail because of the potentially deadly fall from the edge of the narrow trail.
There are three lakes on the way to Pear Lake. The first lake is Heather Lake which is about 4 miles in. The second and third lakes, Emerald and Aster are about 6 miles in. The first three lakes are good but Pear Lake is the best of the four. Pear Lakes sits in what looks like (I am not a geological expert) a granite bowl, and is purely fead by snow melt. We hiked in the end of July and the water was just the right temperature for swimming in. There were only a couple other groups at the lake when we got there, which made for a nice quiet time at the lake.
Overall the hike took us about 6.5 hours with an hour stop at Pear Lake. Happy hiking!