Hell For Sure Pass

HARD 4 reviews
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Hell For Sure Pass is a 36.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Distance: 36.9 miles Elevation Gain: 6,079 feet Route Type: Loop

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hiking

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river

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This backcountry thru hike covers backcountry terrain through to magnificent peaks, Sierra lakes, and off-trail to deep canyons, all in about 4-5 days. Begin at the Maxson Trailhead and continue to the South Fork Kings River. You will follow the river to Bench Valley and walk amongst a series of lakes. From here, you will continue hiking to Mount Hutton and then onto Hell For Sure Lake. Next, you will pass Disappointment Lake, Rae Lake, and Fleming Lake before making your way back to Post Corral Meadows and Courtright Reservoir.

hiking
3 months ago

Unbelievable area. Worth the hike. Mosquitos were terrible.

backpacking
Fri Aug 04 2017

Completed this route in August of '17 in clockwise fashion. The first day we ended up at the trail intersection just past Fleming lake, south of Rae lake after about 11 miles out of the Maxson Trailhead. The next day hiked past Hell For Sure and took the East side of that peak just to the right (on the map) of Mt Hutton due to the snow coverage of what I guess you could call Hutton pass that the route shown here goes through. Views were epic here, the whole panoramic was incredible and especially out and beyond Goddard canyon, but the climb was sketchy and would not recommend doing this for the less experienced. As our luck would have it about half of this climb was spent under a lightning storm, including marble-sized hail that we could do little to avoid until we found a small overhand towards the top. Thankfully the cell passed and we were able to make decent time and stay on track. After the pass we made our way down to Crabtree lake (which is not shown on the Alltrails map, view the topo layer to locate) and spent the night there. Spent a zero day at Crabtree and scoped out Schoolmarm, Six Shooter, and Holster lakes for very picturesque and solitary locations. Fished at Crabtree with great success. The following day we struck out from there and pretty much followed the route as shown here through Bench Valley, along Horsehead and McGuire lakes and then down to Kings River where we stayed another night just north of the Gaging station. The last day we hiked out for about 7 miles back to the trailhead and started to see people entering the area, we hadn't seen anyone since just before reaching Hell For Sure lake. I recall the mosquitoes being a bother, but not the worst I'd experienced. Overall I would confirm the difficulty rating and mileage on this route. This is a great route for solitude once into the Bench Valley, considering the difficulty of even getting to this area. I definitely cannot wait to go back!

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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