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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 28, 2021
HikingGreat!

Completed this trail this morning starting at Hospital Rock at 8AM. We finished the hike at a little under 2PM and go to Panther Creek around 10:30AM and spent around 30 minutes there. We didn't cross Panther Creek as it was too high with only a few rocks to cross that we didn't feel comfortable attempting. There is also a creek at the beginning of the trail that is really going but there are some logs to help you get across but be careful. It was chilly the first 30 minutes or so but after that it was sunny and warm. Amazing views of the Sierra Mountains with quite a bit of snow in the background and the Kaweah river below.

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BackpackingOver grown

This was a great trail, especially for beginner backpackers. It is a pretty moderate trek, with just a few short, steep sections. A few pieces of advice: - Don’t come here in the winter unless it’s a really nice weekend. It was around 60 in Three Rivers during the day, but dropped to probably around 25-30 at night. - Wear pants - it’s a bit overgrown in some areas - You’ll need to cross Panther Creek for the best spot. You’ll see a fire ring and plenty of flat spots.

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Hiking

Excellent hike with breathtaking views.

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Cris Legrandjacques reviewed Powers Peak
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Hiking

Always great trail to start the season

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HikingIcySnow

We did this hike in the dead of winter! We were definitely the only ones out, so we had the task of breaking the trail for everyone else. It was a big challenge, but it was a lot of fun. We got to see a ton of famous trees during our journey. Visibility was not great, so we couldn’t see too many of the outlooks. If you do this in the winter, make sure you have waterproof boots, gaiters, and hiking sticks. We also brought micro spikes but didn’t use them. Have fun and pace yourself! It’s a long hike.

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HikingMuddyOver grown

Beautiful trail on a beautiful day! We only made it to panther creek. There were a lot of overgrown branches protruding onto the trail so definitely wear long pants. There are several creek crossings and a couple that were difficult to cross without getting our feet wet but doable! Check for ticks after. I found 2 on my hiking partner. I would imagine they would be an even bigger problem in the warmer months.

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HikingGreat!

Good day. Rained the day before so clouds formed over the castle and Moro rock later in the day. Hiked to Panther Creek and back to hospital rock.

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Backpacking

I feel like this trail is more moderate than hard. Overall enjoyed the trail. Only down side was the almost 2 miles on "roads" to get to the actual trail head.

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Patrick Yarborough reviewed Powers Peak
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddySnow

It was an intense uphill hike. Just so you know though, the payoff was well worth it

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Marla Cosner reviewed Powers Peak
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HikingGreat!IcyScrambleSnow

Gorgeous trail, but make no mistake--the last half mile to the top is HARD. Super worth it, but HARD.

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Jonathon Flores reviewed Powers Peak
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Chloe Doberstein reviewed Powers Peak
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BackpackingGreat!

Trail has spectacular views of mountainous terrain with the Kaweah River rushing about 50 to 100 meters below you throughout the hike. Expect to be moving uphill most of the way with few level/down hill portions. I ended up camping out at the Kaweah River/Panther Stream crossing; there were several places that were level enough to pitch a tent. The weather (Jan 2nd) was actually really nice, a little cold at night but tolerable with the right gear.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 2, 2021
Hiking

Such a beautiful trail. Hiked on 12/30, lots of snow about but trail still easy to follow. Roads icy on way up so safest to bring chains. Eagle View was the highlight, don't skip this part, absolutely stunning views! :) Hike closer to 8miles, not 8.5m.

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Christopher Chappell reviewed Powers Peak
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Hiking

It was EZ...You’ll get the joke when you do the hike. It was really lovely. The last 1/4 mile was really steep and slippery because of mud and snow but the view was definitely worth it.

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Mary Davis reviewed Powers Peak
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The first 5 miles is all uphill. Most of the trail is moderate and the last half mile is pretty much straight up! I had to stop every few minutes to catch my breath but the end was definitely worth all the sweat and steep hiking! Gorgeous views of Kernville, the river, lake and mountains! There was snow on the trail in places but wearing good hiking boots we didn't have any trouble. I would definitely recommend bringing hiking poles and plenty of water and snacks. We recommend this hike but you should be in good shape and used to hiking uphill. Going back was all downhill and fairly easy except the very steep half mile from the top to the intersection at the saddle.

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Clay Huffman reviewed Powers Peak
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Great day!

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HikingGreat!Snow

Amazing hike, very snowy and very tiring but so worth it! Beautiful winter wonderland experience. We went on Dec. 18th and there was lots of fresh snow from the previous snow fall! Trail was not busy with people, very quite and felt like we had the trail to ourselves. Easy to follow (remember to look at the yellow trail markers on the trees). Watchtower closed for winter.. but you can still choose to go, not recommended. I definitely recommend snow boots and warm layers. You’ll break a sweat but you’ll get cold fast, especially stopping in the shade. If you can I also recommend buying or renting gators for your boots so snow doesn’t get in your shoes! Enjoy this Beautiful trail!

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