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hiking
10 hours ago

Started at 730am and finished the whole loop and were back to the car by 2:30pm. We took our time and had lunch at Black Lake. We went counter clockwise around the loop and saved the best for last but it was all so beautiful! Not an easy hike, especially in one day but totally worth it! Much warmer temps in the beginning and is cooler around the lakes. Lots of water and stunning views! Cant wait to go back and hike in and camp!

great reward of parker lake at the end for relatively short and easy hike

backpacking
2 days ago

My attempt at this trail ended with me returning before the lakes. Started late around 2pm and returned to the trail head by 8:30pm for a total of 1900+ feet elevation gain. My fault for not having altitude training before hand.

The trail is well defined and has spectacular views, this trail makes for a very nice swim location and starting point for the Palisades Peak.

Great hike overall. Especially loved the constant change of scenery. We saw a brown bear and her cub on the way up, was incredible! The only downside were the bugs, so bring repellent.

hiking
3 days ago

Started at Zumwalt Meadow and extended our hike to include the trail to Bailey’s bridge. From Bailey’s bridge, we began the climb to Mist Falls. We encountered gnats and mosquitoes throughout the entire 12.8 miles. More pleasant wildlife encounters included a bear, a mule train, and a snake. Although the granite stairway to Mist Falls was tough, it was totally worth it to see waterfall.

great hike and excellent fishing. snow in the spring and multple water falls.

hiking
4 days ago

the nuisance of bugs was minor compared to the overall hike. great views. just challenging enough. looking forward to exploring the other trails in the area

Decent amount of parking. Was warm but not too hot. Trails aren't marked too well but is easy to follow. A few spots to fill up on water on the way up. Lots of amazing views all around.

If you're attempting a Whitney summit, this would be a good way to get up to 10k ft a day or two prior. Very scenic and not technical at all. It's also a good way to check out the first few miles of Mount Whitney Trail since you'll probably be night hiking this for your attempt if its summer time. Lone Pine Lake at the top is very picturesque.

If you're not a avid and fit hiker and/or are not accustomed to hiking to 10000ft, you may find this hike difficult just due to grade and elevation. That said, this trail would be a nice way to get your feet wet. I'd say give it a shot. If you don't feel right for whatever reason, just turn back.

Great hike! You get a little bit of everything with this hike and you are almost always within ear shot of the river. When you get to the falls, the mist from it is quite invigorating and refreshing!

Loved this one!

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing. AMAZING. Moderately tough hike but not overly difficult. Adjusting to the elevation is probably what makes it hard. Started hike a little after 7am and reached the first and second Lakes around 9:15. The first and second lake are right next to each other. We decided to head back after that and only took us one hour to get down to the trailhead. Pretty quick hike but on the way up we had a steady pace. I recommend starting early (needless to say). It makes going up through the switchbacks way easier when the sun isn’t beating down on you. Weather was perfect. Great visibility for us, however, on the way down smoke from the Ferguson fire was blowing through. 100% recommend this hike :)))) absolutely breathtaking.

Jaw dropping trail. One of the bests I have ever done, but I would start the loop counter clockwise, as to know, from the black lake first, this way the scenery is going to keep been better and better every time as my favourite lakes where the 1st and 2nd lakes.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail! Can be heavily trafficked on certain days. Kings Canyon does not disappoint. Absolutely beautiful! Even with the smoky skies from California wildfires. Take bug spray, the mosquitoes can be relentless.

A beautiful hike that rewards you with solitude at Kearsarge lake. Whatever you do, don’t stop at the pass. Keep going until you reach the lake. It’s definitely worth it!

backpacking
17 days ago

Breathtaking views all around. We camped at the Second Lake and the view of Temple Crag from our tent was everything. There were some mad thunderstorms in the afternoon and we had to hunker down in our tent. But then as the skies opened up, we were greeted by a double rainbow. We will definitely be back very soon!

Best hike I've been on! The views are absolutely incredible!

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike and beautiful peaceful view. The first 1/4 is a good incline with little shade but the whole rest of the way is shaded and runs next to a creek.

Love this trail. Easy to follow. Challenging enough :-)
Beautiful views of the lakes

hiking
19 days ago

This trail is amazing. I would definitely recommend going past mist falls into paradise valley though. Not an extreme amount of climbing after the falls and is totally worth it. It's an entirely new world there and only adds about 3-4 miles onto your trip. Can get kind of crowded and buggy but definitely a must see when in Kings Canyon!

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing hike. Totally recommended. Not very high but with amazing views.
We took the loop back and saw 3 dears, so beautiful! You should do it, take your time and enjoy beautiful views!!

Unbelievably beautiful. Lakes, waterfalls and views throughout the entire hike. The upper half of the hike was completely covered in snow (early July) so bring a map and know where you are going! The snow was difficult and made the hike long and challenging, however we were able to slide down the side of the mountain on the way down and felt like we were kids again. The views at the top are very rewarding. This hike took us 7 hours with the snow being a major factor. I was wearing tennis shoes and regretted it. Wear water proof boots if you have them. Lots of snacks and water are a must.

-the boosk

backpacking
21 days ago

Best trail we’ve even been on! We went July 15, pretty hot but luckily there’s a creek/ waterfall next to you the entire time. My dog loved getting his dips in to cool off here and there. Wildflowers were blooming this time of year. We set up our tent by lake 2 and enjoyed the most amazing views! By far the best place I’ve visited.

backpacking
21 days ago

The first ~1.5 miles are relatively exposed and hot, but it provides nice views of the river to your left. Then it is into the trees (pine, aspen, birch) that provide tons of shade and beauty. The trail is well traveled, even during the week, with day hikers. Once you get past Second Lake there are fewer folks on the trail. We set up camp at Third Lake and camped a couple of nights. The hike up to Palisades Glacier is well worth the ~3 mile RT. Beautiful views of the glacier and river that drains the valley. We had thundershowers all three days there. But by 6 pm, the skies cleared and we could watch the sunlight off the tall peaks around. First rate Eastern Sierra hike.

Great 5 mile hike from Whitney Portal. Lake is very serene and peaceful. Nice hike to do day before summiting Whitney Some campers there. Don’t need permit to hike there but you do just past the Lone Pine Lake Trail.

Very nice hike...wasn’t crowded at all when we went (10:00am on a Friday). My wife and I took our time on this hike exploring all along the way...in the end this hike took us 6 hours to hike to the falls and back. When you arrive at Mist Falls (to the actual sign announcing Mist Falls) know that there is a path that isn’t marked that can take you down to the water where you can get close to the Falls. This is where we had our lunch. On our last 3 miles on the way back it started to rain on us. We had decided to take the loop back which was a much different scenic view than the first leg leaving the trail head (if you have the time I recommend this route back). As all the other comments stated...lots and lots of mosquitos for the first two miles or so.

I pass by Lone Pine Lake on my way to Mount Whitney Day Hike,beatiful and enchanted place. start at 12 midnigth Full moon.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Lots if water and falls. The first mile is quite flat, exposed and boring. If hiking in the evening, apply bug repellent or wear a bug screen. Very easy trail, that gets tougher once you pass the falls and head toward Paradise Valley. .

Good hike up hill at first, but not hard if you are a hiker beautiful lake nice and cool. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a hike that anyone visiting Kings Canyon/Sequoia NP should take. The trail is rather easy in the beginning as it winds through the forest with the South Fork King’s River to your right for the majority of the trip. But for all the beauty you experience you WILL be eaten alive by bugs. Even with frequent spraying of bug spray they managed to get every inch of me. About 2 miles in if you take the right fork you can get some beautiful views off a suspension bridge over the river. Shortly after this portion you will begin your climb. Of course with the gain in elevation you will see many smaller falls off to your right that you will been keen to snap some photos of. The falls are clearly marked on the trail by a sign and you can either continue the trail to the upper portion of the falls or relax at the bottom. The cool mist is so refreshing and offers a wonderful atmosphere to have lunch.

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