Olancha Pass and Summit Meadow

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South Sierra Wilderness

Olancha Pass and Summit Meadow is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,553 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with fantastic views the whole way! Definitely challenging, but not the hardest hike we've ever done. This says the trail is 7 miles total, but my garmin recorded 10.6 miles out and back from the trailhead to olancha pass. Elevation profile is about right though. Hiked through some knee to thigh deep snow above 8000 ft, but its very doable as long as you have waterproof boots. Also, one word of caution, if you click for directions in the alltrails mobile app, google maps will take you to the wrong place. If you type "olancha pass trailhead" into google maps instead, you should end up on the correct road.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

About 1.5 miles in or so watch for a sign to turn off right to continue onto the hiker trail - if you miss this you will end up on the cow driveway and you will not have a good time :) the trail is great, currently around 8k feet there is still some snow with some very deep parts - be prepared. Once you get into the Olancha Pass it is much better. Great views, fun hike!

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Trail is snowed over at this time, not passable.

Fri Sep 29 2017

Wonderfully well kept and empty trail.we used it to connect to a portion of PCT south to Kennedy meadows. Hard to find trail once you hit the summit, so keep a GPS. We lost the trail cuz we didn't go left where the trail must cross the stream at the summit. Lots of bear droppings.

backpacking
Wed May 31 2017

Since a large portion of the Sierras were still in heavy snow (as of late May, 2017), this was one of the few passes we could sink our teeth into for a quick weekend overnight. We got a pretty early start to beat the heat, and got to around 8000' before 11am. Bugs were a bit of a nuisance, but other than that, this was a very pleasant hike! Olancha made for great elevation practice, and there are some great camping spots once you clear the pass and get closer to Summit Lake. It's also quite nice that a lot of people overlook this trail; over Memorial Day weekend, we only ran into three other groups over the course of three days. As a few websites have mentioned, there's a really nice Wrangler camp about 1.5 miles West of Olancha Pass - where a larger creek meets Summit Lake. It has a picnic table and fire pit, and other amenities. It not entirely clear who owns it, but consensus is that it is fair use so long as you respect the area.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

We went in early spring on a weekend and were the only people out on the trail. If you want solitude, this is it! I definitely recommend taking a GPS with you out on this trail. Ranchers drive cattle through the area, and we had to stop several times to check we were going the right way. We heard a bear up ahead of us, so turned around before we reached the pass. We'll definitely have to come back. Gorgeous views, lots of waterfalls, and the dog loved it too!

hiking
Sun Feb 19 2012

This is an awsome well maintained trail with awsome scenery it is strenous but once you get to Olancha Pass if you want to go further it pretty much levels out.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Thu Dec 27 2018

hiking
Sat Feb 10 2018