DISTANCE
47.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13,585 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

backpacking
8 months ago

I hiked this loop, or at least most of it, back in about 1980. It was my first week-long, moderate-distance backpacking trip. I was about 13 at the time. What I remember most is sleeping on a granite slab at Hamilton Lakes, the long climb the next day (through the tunnel), the spectacular view from Kaweah Gap, and water slides in Big Arroyo. It was a lot of work to get through that week, but well worth it.