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hiking
10 days ago

We liked it. We only completed a portion of it. Weather was warm. But the construction en route delayed us and we didn’t want to stay stuck in the mountain overnight.
It took us about 2 hours to hike up about 6km
(I was carrying a 45lbs bag and had 3 teenagers with us, so we made many stops.)
Route down was easier took almost 80 min

We each consumed 2-4 litres of water. Although there is a local spot at around 3km mark with drinkable water.

We will try to head out to mineral king area tomorrow to see if any of the trails there look good.

backpacking
15 days ago

Awesome!

Great for 1 day backpacking!

This hike is actually 12.5 miles round trip, took us about 6.5 hrs with a 30 min lunch break at the top. Did it mid June 2018. We used strava to track it and most of the elevation gain is between miles 4-6. The last about 1.5 miles is bushwhacking through tall bushes and pines. Bring a jacket and wear pants to not get scraped up. The views going up are amazing, so it's nice to take breaks and look around. The summit has a fire tower which does not have a platform, but you can climb the stairs to just take a quick peek. Overall, it was a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, I completed it late December. The round trip took me a little over 5 hours with break at the top. The first half of the trail is in woods, then there is little to no shade for the rest of the hike. I couldn’t stop turning around and admiring the views. And the last hour of the drive has some great views as well.
A few things of note: there were a few places where I had to double check if I was on the trail.
And at the top the trail takes you to the other side of the mountain - the temperature did drop nearly 20 degrees with winds gusts.
For a scenic hike to escape the crowds - highly recommended

We intended to go to Kuhs and accidentally overshot it on to Chipik due to no directional arrows on the trail. For all those headed to Kuhs, when you see the mile marker a little over 3.5 miles in, take the small trail to the left. Full disclosure, I should have known that the small trail went to Kuhs, but I was distracted by my young children and wasn't thinking straight. On the plus side, after subjecting my 3.5 year old to a much more strenuous hike over ridges she had no business doing, where we ended up was much less crowded than Kuhs and was a lovely campground.

First backpacking trip to test out gear. nice toilet, tables, fire ring, and level spot. Fishing was slow and hike is boring compared to others. But good spot for winter camping. bring your own water.

Nothing really too special but if you have no other choice in a backpacking trip i guess its okay......

We followed the route on here heading out to go backpacking. If you are headed to Kuhs camp add another .33 miles or 1.33 miles for Sapwi campground to the route, the trail on here ends before the fork leading to campgrounds. Nice flat trail, campgrounds were clean and we'll maintained with composting toilets, picinic tables, bear boxes and fire pit. If you are planning to camp you need to get an overnight permit on other side of lake at rangers station.

hiking
7 months ago

I’ve hiked this 5 times in the past few months to get in shape for bigger peaks. It’s tough, about 3 hours to summit at a good pace, but there’s views of the fort, King City, GreenField, Nacimiento Lake, and the Pacific.

Heavy brush at the top as of November 2017, but it’s not too difficult to get through. Just keep your eyes on the trail and always stick to the most worn trail.

Definite worth it if you have a day for it!

backpacking
9 months ago

Solitude and fire

Great hike. Long but not difficult. Beautiful views and the lake is a real reward after long hours under the sun. We took a dive. It was very cold but really refreshing.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great for a beginner learning to back pack. Pretty mellow but challenging enough to teach you how to pack and work out for your next one lol. I didn't see any other hikers out there while My wife and I where there. Over all a very nice hike.

The trail is well marked and once you get to the lake you feel very accomplished. Though, the rolling ridges, sun exposure in some spots, and heat made for a pretty tough hike in, we were still able to keep approx 20 min per mile pace.

Once at the lake you can fish, swim, and camp. Something to note, there is a little restroom shack and trash can not too far from Kelly Lake.

We are doing a 25 miler backpacking trip in Yosemite backcountry coming up so we did this trail to condition with our packs.

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Great hike! I would list it as difficult though. It is 10 miles up and 10 miles down from the Lodgepole Visitor Center. Not too many people on the way, definitely not many people camping at Ranger Lake (there are a bit more at Twin lakes), you can have firecamps at Ranger Lake which is a huge plus, and we went swimming (water is not cold at all).

Out and back. Really worth camping at the lake.

backpacking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Blinn Ranch trail is an unimproved road. 1.5 miles from Sapwi Camp, it becomes single-track. I encountered minimal poison oak and none of it presented a barrier to the trail. Good signage along the way, except for where the trail splits between Khus and Sapwi camps.

Very level trail for the most part. Gets better if you extend your hike further on.

backpacking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Traveled to this lake via Twin lakes trail from Lodgepole campground. Was a beautiful lake and surrounding. In mid August of 2016, weather was perfect, not many skitos

Backpacking at night

backpacking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Backpacked this one from Lodgepole Center to Ranger Lake this past weekend (Sept 30 - Oct 2). Like the review below the info on this page is outdated and the trail is just over 10.5 miles. The hike to Ranger Lake has alot of elevation gain but once you get to Silliman Pass its all down hill from there. This is a fairly tricky trail and can take a good amount of time if your not in shape, so just make sure you are prepared for some good hiking! There were 2 campsites at Ranger Lake that had bear boxes so that was nice to have, plus you can have fires there which was nice because night temps ranged from 26-33. We stayed 2 nights so we could explore the lake for a bit and give our legs a rest! Ranger Lake was the only lake in the area that you could legally have a fire. Both Twin Lakes and Beville Lake have camp spots but no fires allowed. Views were very good throughout the whole entire way, from huge sequoias to beautiful lakes. Very low traffic throughout the whole entire trail only saw 2 group of 2 and that was it.

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Backpacked from the Rowell Meadow trailhead to Ranger Lake over labor day weekend. I wrote this review mainly to point out that most information on this hike is outdated—they have rerouted the trail in recent years, making it about 10.5 miles each way. The hike had a lot of elevation gain/loss. When we finally got to Ranger Lake, we stayed there for two nights. The views of Mt. Silliman and Kings Canyon beyond are epic. We seemed to be the only people camping there, although we did run into a few others passing through. Beautiful and special place that I would like to return to someday.

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

very tough trail but the view where we camped was amazing!!

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great first time hike for an amateur backpacker

backpacking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hiked 10.1 miles from lodge pole campground to ranger lake. Spent one night there, then continued on to Roswell meadow and then jo pass. - the hike from lodge pole to ranger lake was challenging, with a lot of "up" and a somewhat difficult trail to maintain after sillman pass down into the Ranger lake area... But it was totally worth it. We had the entire place to ourselves and only saw 5 people on the various trails in our three day trek. We did it in first week of June... Didn't see a single bear even deer.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tough trail.... not used much so the main trail can be difficult to follow in places. Requires paying attention to the map and sharpening your orienteering skills. The trail as marked on the current USGS topo or USF topo is not always accurate. However, this is whats its all about isnt it. this is one of those rare times/places where you find yourself dependent upon yourself and nature. I would give this 5 stars, but that may make the trail sound too easy, physically and mentally. Requires you to be on your game for both resources.

We hiked the Blinn Ranch Trail this past Sunday and found it to be beautiful and very peaceful. We were fortunate enough to see a small herd of Tule Elk and I managed to take a couple of photos.

This was a lovely hike for a spring day (in the summer it would likely be too hot!), and unfortunately the drought made for a all together missing lake.

As we were leaving a woman warned us to be mindful of the time when we came back, as mountain lions and bears were more active around dusk and were in the area. Something to keep in mind if you plan on camping out there.

hiking
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Seville Lake is a beauty, and arriving there is to find it partially surrounded by huge, alpine formations with lines of trees growing in the glacial striations, the eye moving up, then back down to lotsa fish jumping. Might have to learn to fish! We started at Marvin's Pass, and hiked down down down through conifer forests to Comanche Meadow where we spent the first night. We heard a tree fall with a boom, and owls. Saw two bears foraging for bugs in a downed tree. Before going to Seville Lake we day-hiked a few miles down Sugarloaf Trail to see what that was like, then went back to camp for our gear. Followed Belle Canyon down to Seville Lake, which was a beautiful, lush forest trail along side a creek, filled with wildflowers - and - lots of mosquitoes. The trail we expected from the 2006 NatGeo map was not there which would have made the 3d leg of the triangular loop back to Marvin's Pass, so we backtracked to the Pond Meadow junction, and climbed back up until it flattened out again near Rowell Meadow. A lovely two night, three day hike at an easy pace. We'd go back to this lake again.

hiking
Sunday, November 03, 2013

A spectacular out and back that is more challenging than it looks on the topo map. Several moderate to steep ascents and descents make for tough conditions going both up and down. It begins at the Rowell Meadows trail head and follows the Roaring River trail to the junction with Seville Lake trail, which veers southeast to the four lakes on the east side of the Siliman Crest.

Views are limited for most of the hike, but nearing the top of the ascent to Ranger Lake, you're presented with a panoramic view from Ball Dome to your immediate NW, across to Palmer Mountain and Barton Peak and on to the Guards, Thunder Peak, and Mount Brewer of the Great Western Divide. To your SE is the northern tip of Glacier Ridge and the start of the Tablelands. Campsites at both Seville and Ranger Lakes are idyllic to the point of being ridiculous. You'd be hard pressed to wish yourself a better place to lay your head.

Once you get to Ranger Lake, you have the option of tracking back the way you came or making a 24 mile loop out of it, by crossing Siliman Pass via its trail from Ranger and linking up with Twin Lakes/JO Pass trails. Head north to JO Pass and take the junction to Jennie Lake and camp for a night. The hike out from there follows a gentle descent back to Rowell Meadow on the JO Pass trail.

Option 3 (which we chose) is to stay at Ranger but climb the ridge at the north side of the lake up to the East Twin of Twin Peaks. This off-trail route requires some Class 3 scrambling on all fours. The view from the peak overlooks the same panorama described above, but from 1100 ft higher, and it now includes Lost Lake directly below you to the north, and Seville Lake a little beyond. Walk the easy, rounded ridge line over to Siliman Pass and watch the sunset. Find the trail back to Ranger and descend the mountainside in the dark.

Any way you slice it, it's a great trek, and depending on when you go, you may not see another person the entire time. Highly recommended.

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