Pear Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fly fishing and is accessible 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.
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!
Beautiful Hike, we had a great time. We started at the Wolverton trailhead at about 6:30am and got back around 1:30pm. It wasn't too busy because it was the middle of the week, so we only saw about 5 other hikers on the trail. The first 2 miles are a steady/moderate climb and is a pretty good warm up for whats to come. We took the Hump trail (which lived up to its name) up and over to the first of three lakes. The Hump trail provides a nice overhead view of Heather lake that you don't get from the Watchtower trail, but it is a lot harder of a hike and there are plenty of mosquitoes, so bring your repellent. Every time we stopped for a break we were swarmed, even though we used repellent. The wildflowers were out in force throughout the entire trail, especially at the creek crossings. After the Hump trail took us to Heather lake, things got a lot easier. After taking in the view of Heather lake we climbed up and over again to Emerald lake. There are trail camps here and a composting pit toilet, but you need permits to stay overnight, so plan accordingly. The last portion of the trail to Pear lake is probably the easiest, because the trail skirts around the side of a mountain rather than climbing up and over it. There still is a little elevation gain, but nothing compared to earlier portions of the trail. Pear lake is awesome, the water was crystal clear and the surrounding mountain peaks look super cool. There are also trail camps and toilets here and a ranger station nearby (which I believe it is seasonal). We took the Watchtower trail back to the Wolverton trailhead and we were not disappointed. There are great views of the valley and a really cool cliff-side trail, so watch your step. Also, there are no freaking mosquitoes! The whole trail was great, definitely one of my top 3 favorite trails. P.S. The trail marker sign says that Pear Lake is 6.2 Miles from the trailhead (which was confirmed with my GPS), so total mileage is more like 12.4 miles, not 11.7.
Amazing trail!! I hiked it with my girlfriend this last Wednesday and it was an amazing hike. We left at 7am and got back to the car at 4pm. It was a no joke trail to do in a day, make sure to bring a lot of water. I GPS'd the trail and it turned out to be more like 15 miles round trip but it was well worth it. Pear lake was breathtaking and I highly recommend it!!!!
Amazing. Hiked it with my husband last Sunday and the wildflowers were out in full force. We also stayed on the watchtower trail. Beautiful views everywhere you looked and wasn't too crowded for the summer
Hiked this trail in a day. Stay on the watch tower trail as you will get tremendous views compared to the the hump. You'll hit Heather, Aster, Emerald and Pear lakes. I regret bringing a fishing pole after seeing all the fish in the lakes! If you're feeling up to it, it's possible to connect to the Alta Peak Trail from Pear Lake or vice versa.
It was amazing! Pear Lake is beautiful! We went in Mid June and the weather way perfect. We tried to day hike to Moose Lake but above 10K ft there was still too much snow, but the view from up there was awesome anyways so all in all it was blast. I will be going again next year.
The trail was beautiful! We went in mid June and there was still snow over 8500ft. We did get rained & hailed on, but overall it was worth it. The watchtower trail was closed due to snow so we went over the hump trail.
Love this hike!!! Best thing to do is camp out at Pear lake then go further on to Moose Lake!! As amazing as Pear lake is, Moose lake is even better! use rooster tail lures at Moose lake and catch nice sized trout on EVERY cast! NO JOKE Welcome to Heaven!
It's a great hike for the day, and it's one I want to go again backpacking. When there's ice and snow you need to take the 'Hump' trail, which is the shortest route to the first of 3 lakes before Pear Lake. I was able to complete this hike on 2L of water, and there's plenty of water at the lakes to use a water purifier (pump or UV) but don't drink the water unfiltered. The views are great anytime of year, but it will be cold and icy during the winter. There is a restroom at Pear Lake, but no teepee.
From Pear lake it appears to be more to explore, but I have not checked for additional trails past Pear Lake. It's a great hike though.
One of the best trails in this park. It has a little bit of everything, from forest to alpine lakes. You can make it a day hike, or make it a two day backpacking trip if you want to be more relaxed.