Nine Lake Basin

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Nine Lake Basin is a 34.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
34.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9,307 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Nine Lakes Basin is located on the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park. Prepare for scenic views and that "high sierra feeling" when on this trip to Nine Lakes Basin. Cross country travel the last 0.5 mile to the lower lake is required. An easy to follow trail, but demanding once you cross the bridge past Bearpaw Meadow. A long steady uphill climb to Kaweah Gap. If you want to "take it easy" then it is recommended to stay one night at Bearpaw, start early the next day, and hike uphill when it is cool towards Nine Lake Basin.

hiking
3 months ago

As of late May, it was still fully covered with snow. You need to know what you are doing, but it was amazing. I'll come back later in the season someday!
Also, I did this back and forth in a day hike, about 36 miles according to my equipment Anyhow. Very doable in a day hike if you have the legs, since up to hamilton lake (and even later - up to where there was snow) the trail is extremely well marked and easy to follow, you can do 3 miles/hour easily