Pear Lake Trail

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Pear Lake Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fly fishing and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3310 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

fly fishing

hiking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

Directions from Big Stump Entrance: Follow Highway 180 northward to Generals Highway. Turn right on to Generals Highway and follow it approximately 27 miles to the turn off for Wolverton. Turn left and drive two miles to the trailhead.

backpacking
1 day ago

A couple of friends and I chose this trail, initially planning to camp at Heather Lake as it is categorized as a moderate trail. When we went for a permit at Lodgepole, we were informed that Heather Lake is day-use only (seasonal?). We decided to make Emerald Lake our camp and departed the trail head just after noon. The Watchtower trail was closed, pretty sure due to snow (although we did cross paths with a number of people who had used that trail). We elected to continue on the appropriately named Hump trail. About half way up, we encountered snow that obstructed the trail, making it even more of a hump than it normally is. Being out of shape and relatively inexperienced, this trail was very difficult. But the panoramic views that can be seen on either side of Heather Lake were incredible. There was a lot of snow pack still on the ground from Heather Lake on, especially on the North faces. When we came to cross Heather Lake, there was too much steep slush as well as a waterfall on the South side of the lake to cross on that side, there was still a snow bridge over the creek on the North side and we crossed there. We could not locate Emerald Lake before night fall. We were concerned about how long the snow bridge would be viable and decided to turn back at first light the next morning.

I'm planning to go back later in the season, once the snow has melted.

hiking
2 days ago

I did this hike back in January of 2016. Considering the snow at some point was up to our stomachs, I can't expect the trails to be well marked. We definitely didn't do the trails it was supposed to be done, but it was beautiful nonetheless!

10 days ago

This trail is brutal! Steep climb and even in mid June, there was tons of snow! The viewpoint is incredible; you get to 10k! Highly recommended

backpacking
27 days ago

Completed this trail Memorial Day Weekend (5/27-5/29). I would highly recommend snowshoes for an enjoyable hike right now. The trail is nonexistent half way up the hump (heave snow cover). You can complete the tail without the snowshoes, although there are a few sections that you would want them. The bear locker at Emerald lake is fully covered in snow and cannot be found, therefore a bear canister is needed! The bathrooms at both Emerald lake and Peak lake are accessible right now. There are places to find running water at all of the lakes on this trail for water purification.

hiking
28 days ago

Due the great snow season this winter, this trail was snow covered after the first mile. The best would be to have yaktrax and two poles. We did see a few who did it with a tree branch. Anything less would not be a good idea. This awesome views and the color or emerald lake make this hike a must for any enthusiast.

backpacking
4 months ago

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7 months ago

Don't forget your fishing pole!

hiking
7 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This a long day hike but the hike up to pear lake was worth it. Once you get to the watchtower the scenery does not stop

9 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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backpacking
9 months ago

Decided to hike to Pear Lake for the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. Was cooler than expected for the end of August being higher up in elevation and a constant breeze through our trek. Multiple creeks intersect the trail or run parallel until Heather Lake so water is plentiful. The hike is pretty strenuous as it constantly at an incline. Plenty of wildlife. Saw deer, bears, and awoke to coyotes howling into the frigid night. Beautiful and intense. Bound to do it again, but next time in the snow and a lighter packed bag.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago