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

the uphill climb was brutal in the snow, but definitely worth every drop of sweat. the snow and view was so breath taking! and the way down is a breeze. wear shoes with a good grip, the ice was very slippery and the snow was up almost to my knees.

on Yucca Point Trail

2 months ago

Went there to do some fly-fishing. Nice walk down, but all uphill on the way back. during the summer it was pretty warm so bring water or a pump. Crossing the river to fish was difficult, make sure you have someone with you or a rope. Fishing was good though!.

backpacking
3 months ago

For ‘city folk’, you’ll not find more bang for your buck. Great views, decent distance, pristine lake and views. I’ve not been back in a few years, but hope to get back again someday.

This was an amazing hike! My goal was to backpack overnight at Pear Lake, but I went last Wednesday when Sequoia got a ton of snow. I was caught in the snow throughout the hike but made it to Heather Lake. It was completely frozen over, and it was snowing so badly I couldn’t even tell where the lake was until I was almost on top of it. I don’t recommend going when it’s snowing! I was the only person out there with the exception of one group of about 3 people. If you do go in the winter, definitely have microspikes. I left mine in the car to save weight in my heavy pack, and the trail was completely clear of snow when I started. Biggest mistake! I ate it really bad many times on the thick sheet of ice that was blanketed by the fresh snow. Still a beautiful hike that I can’t wait to complete (to Pear Lake) in the spring.

Awesome View of Mable Fork Canyon!! I was unable to get through to Heather Lake due to snow. Please notice, this trail is also called the Watchtower trail. There is a sign along the trail notifying hikers when the Watchtower trail is closed. It suggests that you take what is called The Hump Trail to get to Heather Lake. Can’t wait to try again in better weather

Great day hike. The trail via WatchTower has great views and places to sit and absorb the scenery from.
The lake is beautiful and worth the steep climb...

backpacking
4 months ago

Difficult with a heavy pack but views and the lakes (lower and upper Maggie) were awesome!

Nice hike mostly in the woods gets more demanding towards the second half of the trail. Leads to a nice small lake.

Did this hike back in July, it's really beautiful but a steep climb

hiking
4 months ago

Jennie Lakes is a great day hike!! Easy hike and great views. We went in the spring, did a polar bear plunge (BRR)!

Amazing hike!! Lots of snow sticking around and the watchtower is technically closed but it was in the 70s and not icy, I wouldn’t do it again this year though. Worth it!!! This map is to Emerald lake which is just another mile up the trail.

on Twin Lakes Trail

5 months ago

We did this hike about 2 months ago in August though the mosquitos were the worst it was still a very beautiful hike one lake was more like a pond and the other was somewhat small it was still so peaceful and pretty. the hike it’s self was very strenuous and I’d recommend being in shape!! There was a lot of steep parts and with a heavy pack it sure made it a challenge. Late summer was the time to go there were sill many streams and creeks flowing and in the spring it seems like the larger creeks would be hard to cross safely

Be prepared to hike long trails and inclines. Crossing streams and snow the higher elevation at 4,000/over. Follow the trail to get to the Watchtower viewpoint....what an amazing site. Heather Lake over 9, 345ft+ elevation. You get snow, over overcast, cold/high winds depending on the weather condition(s): check with the rangers before.

We went in June 2017 for 3 days and 2 nights, the lake was partially frozen, soft and hard snow, and what I called slushy snow, and it was still cold. We hiked over 20mi+ round trip. Not for kids. Need really good hiking shoes, gears: hiking poles, clamps for shoes, water filter, etc. Must be prepared for camping/backpacking/hiking trip if you're planning on staying overnight, it gets colder the higher you go, over 8,000+ elevation and the ground is still frozen. Need bear canister.

Need to check in with the rangers station and get an overnight permit in person before 4 pm. Other than that, it was an amazing trip. Try it out! God Bless.

backpacking
6 months ago

We started from the big meadow parking lot (adds a little more then a mile to your hike- try to find the fox meadow trailhead, spits you out near the trailhead for Jennie lakes) and backpacked in to Jennie lake. The hike there was mainly uphill and took us 4 hours. We reached the lake at 330pm to find three groups already setting up camp, which worried us but luckily there were plenty of camp spots dispersed around the lake we could camp at. The lake was gorgeous and there were tons of trout that we saw! As it got later we made a fire and cooked dinner. It was a perfect one nighter. We left at 830am on Sunday and got back to the parking lot at 1030. The hike back down was extremely easy since it was mostly downhill. Great hike and next time we will do the hole loop!

backpacking
6 months ago

I found this trail to be hard, only because I'm a couch potato and am not used to carrying 30 pounds, 3000 feet, up 7 miles. Once I got to the top, I realized how worth it, it was.

Thoroughly enjoyed Heather Lake Trail. A cool day on the 23rd of September 2017, about thirty-five degrees at higher altitudes. Spoke to some campers who stayed up there in 20 degree weather last night. Saw a bear!

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Plenty of uphill to keep your legs warm, and you'll need it! When I reached the lakes yesterday there was 2" of snow on the ground. The clouds rolled in around 4 and made for a surreal experience! By morning skies were clear and the temp was below freezing.

backpacking
7 months ago

Good overnight trip.

Great incline and views. Light showers on the way down. If you are looking for distance and a challenge this is a good choice.

Good amount of climb without being unbearable, and unbelievable views!

This hike was on my agenda of hikes, a friend tag along, it was her first time hiking, well least to say, SHE HOOK. It was a nice day hike, light showers in the morning, not too many bugs, the water was comfortable to swim. Climbing the watchtower was a little challenging for myself, do not climb the watchtower without proper footwear. Being my friend first hike she felt it was strenuous and as for me, it a clean clear
trail, not many rock steps, an easy to moderate hike.

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. We slept Friday night at Big Meadows campground and then left for the trailhead in the morning. The hike only took about 3 hours, and Poop Out Pass was not as difficult (in my opinion) as some described. The lake was gorgeous but there were at least six other camps while we were up there. The fishing it great! Caught rainbow trout using Power Bait.

We set up base camp at the 1st creek crossing approximately 1 mile in. Then we ran to Maggie Lakes 8 miles. Did some swimming and fishing with no luck. Ran back and had fire going by 5pm. Weather was perfect and views spectacular. Did another 4 mile run before coming back home.

hiking
8 months ago

We took the Mt. Silliman trail up Silliman creek to get to Mt. Silliman. it was a decent hike until we hit the granite slabs. We had to switchback our way up several sections of granite slabs. 2000 ft. of mountain side to be exact. It was no easy feat.
At the top was Silliman Lake and it was beautiful and another 1000 ft of elevation gain will get you to the top of the mountain. Going down the mountainside could've been easily dangerous if you took things to fast. Very steep. After it's all said and done, I would not go back as the mountainside almost killed me.

How do you get to the fox meadow parking lot?

Great day hike. Good trail variety from strolls through the trees to scrambling over granite out-cropings. The Jennie Lake didn't disapoint. Clear, cold and spectacular granite back drop.

a beast of a climb but better than i imagined after reading the review...

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail

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