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My very first backpacking trip and it was great! We did the whole loop over a 3 day period. Started our hike from big meadows trailhead and spent first night at Jennie lake. Don’t believe whatever distances you have read here. They are woefully wrong. Jennie lake is 8 miles. The next length to weaver lake is 9.5. Finally the last leg back to the big meadows parking lot is 3.5. Total loop is 21 miles. Don’t know why this site can’t get their distances correct. Beautiful hike. Great weather. Lousy fishing at both lakes. Me thinks both lakes have been fished out this late in the summer. Always stock up on water wherever u come across it. Many streams are dry this time of year.

We had a wonderful time hiking this loop. We spent the first night at weaver lake and the next at Jennie lake. The water was clear and cool. Not to cold, perfect for swimming. The landscape was breathtaking. The hiking was a bit challenging, but moderate enough that I’m working on plans to take my youngest sister and some of her friends out to Jennie lakes for their first backpacking trip.

Great hike with incredible views the whole time. Jumped into the lake mid July and it was very refreshing! Decent incline for the whole way up

3-Night Backpacking trip with kids in July 2018. Great scenery and the lakes were pretty (Jennie Lake had about 4 groups on Friday, Weaver Lake had 10 on Saturday). The small lake at the base of Shell Mountain is definitely worth the side track! Cut across Shell Mountain to avoid JO pass to weaver and reducing the length of the hike by a third. Moderate hiking, but try to get over Poop Out pass before 10 am, otherwise it's pretty hot and exposed. Bugs were present, but nothing a bit of Picaridin couldn't solve. Was not able to catch any trout.

Get your permit for the trailhead and at the ranger office per wilderness area They do want to know your loosely projected itinerary, but you're not held to it. If you are starting on the east side, get one from an Inyo ranger station, even if you plan to cross into Yosemite. If starting in Tuolumne, get a Yosemite permit, etc. I did the Minaret Creek, Ediza, Garnet, Thousand Island loop from Silver Lake with side trips to Davis Lakes, Alger Lakes, Koip Peak, Lake Catherine, Nydiver. Phenomenal.

Bring a bug net when hiking in the summer, trail on Elizabeth pass may be covered in snow. Doable in 4 days

We chose this as our first backpacking trip. We're in our 40's. Started at about 10 AM from Big meadow on 6-29-18. We hiked to jennie lake the first day. It was a gorgeous but tough 6 miles with full packs ( mine was 30+). The lake is stunning and there were only about 8 other people there. Unfortunately we didn't sleep well and were really wiped out on day 2 so we ended up bailing out at JO pass down to wuksatchi and hitched a ride back to our car. This was an amazing hike as well though, with one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. All in all this is an amazing hike it just turned out to be a little too much for us for our first time with all the weight.

Started late morning and definitely felt the lack of shade while hiking the uphill switchbacks. Didn’t climb up the tram/cable car tracks - looked a little sketchy. Lake at the top isn’t the most beautiful alpine lake I’ve ever seen, but we saw lots of wildflowers and a few small waterfalls on the way up that made it worth it.

Solid hike with plenty going on around you. Had an afternoon to fill in (late June). Left from the start of trail behind RV park at 4pm which turned out to be great timing as the shadow of the mountain was starting to cover the track (30 degrees celsius.) Not much tree shade so take sun protection if you are doing this of a hot day.
2 waterfalls seen. Also family of deer closer to RV park!
Although tempting to ignore signs and walk up tracks for power station trolley I would advise against as some of the tracks pass on very narrow passes and I also noticed some squashed grass on tracks that looked way too consistent to be from peoples feet so I think that the trolley is still active. I have seen some people complain of the power station at the outlet of Agnew lake but I loved this section!
Continued until I could see the dam wall of Gem Lake then turned back at 5.45pm, I was only carrying a light pack. Allow more time if carrying camping gear.
Next time I would continue up to Gem lake and beyond if time allowed it.

We did this route in the opposite direction. We spent our first night at Weaver, hiked over JO Pass to Jennie Lakes on our second day, and then over Poop Out Pass back to the trailhead on our last day.

A few notes:
• JO Pass was a lot tougher than we had anticipated. The climb is fully exposed and it was hot. Be prepared with lots of water!
• The road in is definitely not good for commercial vehicles. I don’t have 4wd and I spun my tires out coming in.
• The mosquitoes are BAD. Despite being covered in Deet and wearing long clothing, we got eaten alive. They were chewing through our clothes which became unbearable at times.
• The trail from Weaver to JO Pass is a bit difficult to follow. There are lots of fallen trees so make sure you keep an eye on your map.

All in all, the scenery and wildflowers were beautiful, the trails nice and quiet, and the lakes were breathtaking. I think next time, we’d start with a hike in to Jennie Lake instead of doing the full loop. We’re all pretty experienced hikers and agreed that this was more Strenuous than Moderate for a backpacking trip. But for a day hike Moderate might be okay.

backpacking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views and relentless climbing to reach the high Sierra backcountry, but absolutely worth the work. Parking is safe at the Rush Creek Trailhead near Silver Lake. Did this as a four day thru-hike to Tuolumne Meadows in June 2018, using the JMT/PCT over Donohue Pass. This was the most beautiful and committing backpack trip I've done, and is a must-do. Arrange for a ride back from T Meadows via YART, a private shuttle service or hitch a ride. This is a friendly area of California.

nature trips
2 months ago

Great hike. Not too hard for my 2 - 12 year old companions. Most of the trail was slag. The views around every corner was great. You pass a very ugly Agnew Lake. Keep going all the way to Gem Lake. It is worth the extra hiking

hiking
2 months ago

I went up to Jenny Lake starting from the Big Meadows Trailhead on Sunday May 27th 2018 at 0930. The beginning of the trail at the trailhead was warm at probably 60 degrees with no clouds. It was a beautiful day when I began my ascent. There were a number of hikers along the way but since it was Memorial Day weekend I was expecting that. Once you get to the highest point on the trail you cross over to the north side and snow patches are still on the ground. A number of creeks are running, not very strong, and they're still passable but if you're not careful you will get your boots wet. There's one tricky part on this Trail when you're right at the summit as you're walking down the pass full of rocks are is a loan Redwood Sequoia that you come up on and there is a fallen branch laid along the left hand side of the tree. This is to let you know do not go to the left of that tree the trail actually continues to the right but it is very easy to mistake and if you continue to the left you are dumped into a very dangerous crevasse of sharp Jagged rocks. I've included a pic of it in my uploads.

This is one of the places on the trail that my alltrails Pro membership came in very handy. I had dropped my Verizon connection because there's no signal up there once you get to poop out pass and so I had intentionally downloaded my Jenny Lake Trail Loop map before leaving. Misses we're having that map on my phone using the GPS works wonderfully. The GPS is still able to track you no matter where you are in the outback Wilderness and you can see exactly where you are on the map. All trails Pro puts the trail on the map and so you can tell exactly where you are in relation to that trail even if the trail is washed out covered over or hidden underneath snow. That's why I knew that I was going the wrong way even though it was not obvious. I could tell very easily on the All Trails map after walking 10 feet off the path that I was no longer going the right way. This is not the first time all trails downloaded maps have saved me from countless hours of wandering around lost. And since they offered a Year's membership for half price during Memorial Day weekend I snapped that up really fast!

At Jenny Lake itself the north side of the lake wall is covered in snow but the camping areas are completely cleared.
This Trail is a very nice Trail for the most part well-marked but there are sketchy points that your All Trails map will come in handy. I would say that the trail is accurately rated at moderate and you should be aware that elevation makes it very difficult right before the summit for about three-quarters of a mile. I did my Day hike to Jenny Lake and back and it was about 13 and a half miles and it took me about six and a half hours all together not including the time I stood around taking pictures and sightseeing.

Once I got to Jenny Lake it was very cold I could see my breath and it felt like it was in the very low 50s if not high 40s. on the return back to Big Meadows Trailhead it even began to sprinkle as a cloud that moved in and the temperature had dropped perhaps 10 degrees. It was beautiful. Check out my pics!

We did the entire loop
hike on one long day (12 hours). We went to Jennie Lake first then continued onto JO pass. If you decide to do this be aware that after JO pass you descend about 3 miles into a canyon then ascend out to Weaver Lake. This last portion of the hike is very hard and tiring. We almost didn’t make it and we are in decent shape. Also start early. We left the car at 10am and had to walk out in the dark. Awesome hike highly recommend! Maybe doing it in more than one day would be better next time.

Beautiful views. Loved it.

Awesome hike and pretty lake !

Pat Ribotto - I'm a little confused on the ANYO Permit request for overnighting on the Loop. Did you get permits for all the areas your traveled on this Loop or was just one needed that included all areas on the loop.

Attempted this loop 5/17-5/19 2018. Parked at Big Meadows trailhead and hiked in to Weaver Lake on 5/17. I was the only one there for the night which was quite nice. There are a number of campsites and fire rings already set up here. Just make sure you get your fire permit from the Hume Lake District ranger station on your way up the mountain. My one complaint about Weaver was that there was a bit of garbage scattered around. My guess is that this is a pretty popular day hike from Big Meadows and so the commitment level is low for a lot of people who stay out there. It wasn't awful but it was indeed noticeable.

5/18 I left Weaver Lake in the morning and headed east toward Rowell Meadow. Right away I noticed that the trail was difficult to follow due to snow on the ground. I had to double back several times to find the trail. I ended up hitting the trail junction and turning south towards JO Pass. The snow on the ground got worse as I climbed and there was a point when I wandered far enough off trail to be lost. Luckily I was able to rediscover the trail after some scrambling before running into another lone hiker heading the opposite way. He informed me that JO pass was still a mile up the trail and that I could follow his footsteps in the snow to get there no problem. I thanked him and we parted ways. Once I hit JO Pass I decided that instead of heading toward Jennie Lake which was my original plan, I was going to descend down the other side of the pass into Sequoia Nat'l Park towards Clover Creek/Twin Lakes area. The ground was completely covered with snow on top of the pass and I did not want to venture towards Jennie Lake without a clear trail. Unfortunately the trail was hard to follow even as I descended the other side. I ended up off track again and I began to follow Clover Creek southward for a few more miles. At night fall I set up camp somewhere alongside Clover Creek.

5/19 woke up early and continued south along Clover Creek toward the Kaweah River Valley. Stumbled out of the woods at Wuksachi Lodge and hitchhiked back to my car at Big Meadows.

I would not do this loop again this early in the season without a solid GPS. Not being able to follow the trail easily due to snow added a fair amount of stress to the trip. Other than that, this is a beautiful area and I look forward to visiting again so that I can actually see Jennie Lake and stop by Rowell Meadow as well as summit Mitchell Peak.

backpacking
3 months ago

We stayed the night at Garnet lake VIA the JMT back in 2017. when we came up on Thousand Island and we knew we had to come back someday. We will be hiking back up from Silver lake this July. Can anyone tell us where is a good safe place to park for the trip? Thanks.

All I can say is wow! This Trail starts off at a nice gentle slope for about 1 mile, after that be prepared for some serious altitude gain. I did this hike in May 2018 and the mountains surrounding the trail were still covered in snow. there was a small river running across the trail which require waterproof boots and some careful footing. If you're looking for a real leg workout about halfway up you will come across a set of railroad tracks that were used for a pulley car to haul supplies up to the dam. You can take this track up to the dam but your legs better be in excellent shape. I measured a 37 degree incline.
I continued on to Gem Lake and it was worth the extra time and effort.

We hiked to Weaver Lake in early May, 2018. There was still snow covering portions of the trail, which made the trail hard to follow at times. We actually had to follow other hiker’s footprints in the snow, otherwise, it was hard to see where the trail was! That’s my only complaint. Once we made it to Weaver Lake, it was a beautiful sight. It too was still snow-covered, but still an amazing, crisp lake. The available campsites at Weaver Lake were hard to get to because of the snow, so we had to camp elsewhere. Visually, Weaver Lake is spectacular & well worth the hike to see! Just pay attention to the the trail & follow it diligently. The beauty of the Sequoia National Forest is worth your effort!

This trail leads up by Horsetail Falls which was an awesome sight to see! It crosses a smaller waterfall/stream so waterproof shoes would come in handy. The last ascent to Gem Lake is very steep with lots of loose rocks. It's kind of a gnarly hike to be rated moderate but I loved it! The views are amazing! Also, bring a hat as there is no shade!

This trail does not actually connect as shown. You will have to make a bit of our own path to connect. Went end of April and there was snow about 3 miles in.

l would recommend to go all the way to reyes peak for the amazing view.Take enough water and go very early in the morning it may take you almost a whole day round trip. It gets hard at times because of the uphill, but it is very walkable don't get discouraged. battery on my phone died very quickly up there.But it was worth it.

Beautiful especially when you get into the big trees with interspersed boulders. Hike is about 10 miles round trip when you go all the way to Pine Mountain Ridge road.

Superb trail with spectacular views and great camping along the way.

backpacking
5 months ago

The first time I did this hike, I was 10 years old and I never forgot it. It remains branded in my head. Now, I’m in my 50’s and its beauty hasn’t changed.

This was a beautiful, yet challenging hike. Really great views and I didn’t see another soul on the trail. Be warned, however, this hike is closer to 10 miles out and back, which I verified on another website and my own tracking device.

Spent a rest day here. Beautiful area and great fishing.

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