Great hike, spectacular views. Still a lots snow

East to follow the trail, even some parts were under snow, snow spike is necessary in this season. The overall experience is perfect!

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28 days ago

Absolutely beautiful area, but I will need to come back and complete this when the snow recedes. I barely made a half mile and I post holed to my waist. I brought micro spikes, but snowshoes are mandatory

I’m planning to do this in mid to late August 2020 as a one-day slog. Is anyone interested in joining me? We’d bag Tyndall while on the way to Williamson. If so, please text me at (626)-684-2074

Beautiful. About a foot of snow

Excellent route! The well graded trail from Onion Valley campground to Kearsarge pass makes for easy waking (or running), and the views and incomparable. The descent to Kearsarge lakes doesn’t add that much more distance, and makes for a perfect lunch/nap spot to explore before heading back. The descent back from the pass is an easy downhill run. Perfect high Sierra day trip!

No easy days but a lot of beautiful scenery!

Great hike from Onion Valley trailhead to Kearsarge Pass. As a Dayhiker, not enough time to drop down to Kearsarge Lakes. It would be a 5 star, except for the fresh horse poop. On a hot day, the smell was disgusting, and good luck trying not to step in it. Why do they allow pack trips where there are backpackers and hikers? Why does the Forest Service let them make a profit? I don't get it.

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8 months ago

What a hike! This is a strenuous hike, no doubt about it. Pack lite, this is a must! My friend and I set out for Williamson OR Tyndall but hit the trailhead with about 50 lbs which prevented us from summiting. The round trip is more like 40+ miles, AllTrails is short on the hike description, both my Garmin and InReach conformed it to be 15 miles from the TH to the bowl where most climbers camp out at. Unfortunately, we tired out at Anvil camp and tried for either summit the next morning but couldn’t get past the bowl with enough time to safely summit and return to camp. Prepare for lots of elevation. There are several areas where you lose up to 1k ft of elevation whether ascending or descending back to the TH. It’s a grid for sure and will test your conditioning. Weather was beautiful. I will be back!

Hiked this trail 8/6/19, spent 3 nights above the pass, summited Mt Williamson and Mt Tyndall, then hiked back down. Quite manageable though a heavy snow year. Used microspikes to exit the pass at the top, but others didn't. Got lost on Williamson for a bit. Stay left after the black water mark. Tyndall was straight forward.

Similar to many options around there. I'd suggest oing the northern road if you do only this distance - or do the loop

Beautiful trail, it's wonderful to pass the pass. It's a very moderate slope

@Brian Jones Don't camp at Mahogany Flats or Anvil Camp. Too many mosquitoes and bears. We camped above Pothole (which still has some mosquitoes). In two weeks I plan to camp above Shepherd Pass, which will provide enough time for a realistic hike/climb up Mt Williamson and Mt Tyndall. Acclimate before entering this trail. Shepard Pass is around 12k feet.

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rocky
9 months ago

WOW, what a hike! We started at 11am on Saturday with full backpacks and reached the pass in about 3 hours. It was a steady incline all the way up, but not too bad, but the sun definitely got us. Bring sunscreen and a hat!! It's gorgeous the whole way: lakes, water streams, flowers, even saw some deer. And when we finally got to the pass, we were in awe of the view below of the other side. Almost felt unreal. And you're rewarded with a nice breeze as a bonus. After the pass, it's very easy to get down to the Kearsarge lakes, took us less than an hour. We camped overnight near one of them and saw the most beautiful sunset! Going back to the pass is definitely steep but not too far in distance, and given the fact that we rested well, it was pretty easy (even with backpacking packs). We were on this hike for a total of 26 hours and wish we had more time to go even further. Highly recommend!!

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rocky
9 months ago

One of the best backpacking trips I have ever done (completed between Aug 24-25, 2019), and now we wish we had more time to explore the area beyond Kearsarge Lakes. Not much shade on the way up so definitely wear plenty of sunscreen. Beautiful alpine scenery and you get to enjoy waterfalls, a stream and I believe three beautiful alpine lakes on the way up to Kearsage Pass. It’s all uphill but nothing too strenuous for the experienced hiker and backpacker, and once you reach the pass (and enjoy a break win some much-deserved views) it’s all downhill to the beautiful valley below. My girlfriend and I did an overnight backpacking trip and were treated to beautiful weather and one of the most amazing sunsets we have ever seen. We completed the hike up (with full backpacks) in about 4 hours with a few breaks including a longer one at the pass, and the way back was about 3 hours for us. Some people said leaving was tough but the way back to the pass while quite steadily uphill was also not that long. Highly recommend it!

Onion valley is very pretty. The hike was amazing! The elevation got me though. Still, well worth it. The lakes felt kind of warm, I'd definitely swim there if I had time. Highly recommended hike!

Beautiful hike, definitely a decent amount of sun exposure but only for a couple miles to the pass. Stunning lakes and the view from the pass was EPIC!

Curious about camping and breaking this into a two day hike. Anyone done that? Where would you recommend we camp?

Best camp spot at Kearsarge Lakes!

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rocky
9 months ago

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