Jennie and Weaver Lakes Loop Trail

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Jennie and Weaver Lakes Loop Trail is a 16 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3336 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A backpacking loop to two subalpine lakes just outside of Sequoia National Park. This trip does a loop through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, visiting two subalpine lakes suitable for fishing at the height of summer. It can be done as a long overnighter but is better as a 2.5 day trip, spending the night at each lake. The recommended route is to go to Jennie Lake first and then to Weaver to reduce the amount of climbing. Start at the Fox Meadow trailhead, which is reachable via a tolerable-for-passenger-cars dirt road. If you would prefer pavement, the Big Meadows trailhead adds about a mile and 400 feet of climbing on either end. At a creekside junction with the Weaver Lake Trail, stay on your side of the creek and head up towards Jennie Lake rather than going towards Weaver Lake. Work through the forest around Shell Mountain, breaking out to views of the Kaweah Divide to the south. Do the gentle climb over Poop Out Pass, and then drop and climb again (more strenuously this time) to subalpine and popular Jennie Lake. Campsites are located on the north and west sides of the lake. From Jennie Lake, head east on the trail, climbing towards the ridgeline and JO Pass. Enjoy the ridgeline views until you reach the pass, where you get a nice view of Mount Silliman and Sequoia National Park. From JO Pass, head north and down, making sure to follow the route towards Weaver Lake rather than Rowell Meadow. Reach the badly-signed intersection with the Weaver Lake-Rowell Meadow trail and head west (left), soon turning south and dropping precipitously into Boulder Creek Canyon - enjoy the views of the Kaweah Divide where Jennie Lake is hiding from your view. There are a few crossings of forks of Boulder Creek before you climb and ascend the north side of Shell Mountain, regaining much of the altitude you lost from Jennie Lake. Reach the Weaver Lake junction and head south 0.2 mile to the lake. While smaller than Jennie, it is just as pretty. From Weaver Lake, head back to the trail junction and continue the way you had been heading, eventually crossing a creek and reaching a junction with the Jennie Lake trail. Head back down to the Fox Meadow trailhead.

backpacking
3 days ago

This hike is highly recommended. We did it in reverse, heading from Big Meadows to Weaver Lake night one as we got in late. This made day 2 from Weaver Lake to Jennie Lake via JO Pass a decent uphill trek. The back part of the trail is fairly rugged, but well worth the hike. There is plenty of water along the route which was a nice bonus not having to worry about where to fill up. Both lakes tend to be fairly busy camping wise, but are extremely beautiful and worth the effort.

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3 days ago

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5 days ago

backpacking
6 days ago

My husband and I did the loop starting from big meadows trailhead heading to Jennie lake it was 7.4 miles. Poop out pass was a "B" but we made it!!! I think Jo Pass is just as hard tho. Be careful on poop out pass that you don't loose your way on the granite, if you do it's hard to find your bearings. Unless of course you are frequently checking this awesome app.
So from Jennie lake to Weaver lake it was 9.8 miles for us, maybe due to where we had camped and going round all the downed trees. There were about 3 or 4 nice streams along the way so plenty of places to get water. My fav was at the bottom of Jo Pass the water was so cold and refreshing.
The last trek from Weaver lake back to Big Meadows trailhead was 3.5 miles easy peesy!!!
The water at both lakes were warm and clean. Weaver lake was more crowded with family day hikers. Jennie lake was larger and our favorite although all the backpackers seemed to want to plant themselves right at the first area for camping but if you go around all the way to the right past the peninsula there are loads of other campsites. We will definitely go back further next time due to lack of privacy when needed to go to the bathroom.
Great hike we will be back to Jennie lake again!!

hiking
13 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

Hiked in for the night out of big meadows. It turned out to be around 9 miles one way. The lake was absolutely beautiful! Crystal clear water. I would recommend this hike to anyone. Moderately difficult with a light pack, mainly because of distance.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked this trail as part of a weekend hike from the entrance to the Jennie Lakes Wilderness to Mitchell Peak, and if you enjoy arduous hikes then you'll love this one. So scenic and challenging!

hiking
20 days ago

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backpacking
26 days ago

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backpacking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views. Remote. Awesome wildlife, tiny frogs, coyote packs yipping at 3 a.m. and a marmot family. Amazing sunsets. It doesn't get any better. A ton of up and down. Poop out pass is well named. Great hike. Will do it again.

8 months ago

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11 months ago

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It was An amazing hike ! Definitely wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't been backpacking before . Elevation is crazy, it's about 9000 feet I believe , but man the view is amazing ! Be careful, we did get lost at one point because you have to backtrack at one point in the trail to do the loop. Other then that , it was awesome !!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Going out there this weekend. Is there an basecamp ground along the 14S11 road ? or 14S16 ?