Deadman Canyon Backpack Trip

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Deadman Canyon Backpack Trip is a 49 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

49.0 miles 14117 feet Loop





nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers



no dogs

This semi-loop backpack trip from Lodgepole to the Giant Forest delves through the backcountry of King Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, building by slow degrees to a grand climax of a High Sierra crossing at Elizabeth Pass, and winding down again with another gradual passage down the north wall of the Kaweah River. Glacier-carved cliffs and mountains, deep canyons, wildlife, and giant sequoias - this hike has it all. This hike includes more than 14,000 feet of elevation gained and lost overall. Elizabeth Pass may be covered with snow. Must obtain a wilderness permit for overnight use at the Lodgepole Wilderness Office; the park service charges a fee per wilderness permit obtained May 23 - Sep 27, but they are free outside that period. You will also need to pay the vehicle entrance fee to enter the national parks. No fires above 10,000 feet in Kings Canyon National Park or above 9,000 feet in Sequoia National Park. There is a free shuttle from Crescent Meadow trailhead to the starting point.

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