Looking for a great trail near Independence, California? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Sequoia National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Little Blue Trace County Park or Calvin Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Independence ranging from 11 to 82.3 miles and from 5,669 to 14,475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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https://youtu.be/T357DqUrpcw Here is the YouTube link to my trip.

Beautiful. About a foot of snow

Wonderful trail, easy to follow. Mid november, but weather was still nice, although Flower Lake was already frozen and some ice on the trail at a few points.Recording and pics here: https://www.sports-tracker.com/workout/johane/5dd0a1b2a65c743a486380dc

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!

hiking
4 months ago

I don't know how it could be more beautiful than this! It gets more amazing with each step. Once you reach Flower Lake don't miss the short sidebar over to Matlock Lake. It's a jaw-dropping glimpse of heaven!

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
4 months ago

This trail goes through the middle of the park and some of the trail is pretty overgrown. Lots of mosquitos. I really enjoyed the hike as we went past features that I hadn’t seen before on the auto tour. Someone needs to redo the hiking portion of this site and take into consideration the overgrowth areas.

No easy days but a lot of beautiful scenery!

Great day with my family. Beautiful place!

Can't really put words on how epic the Eastern Sierras are. This hike took me 3.5 days to complete on a solo section hike. Onion Valley and it's string of lakes make getting to Kearsarge Pass a pleasant day, Forrester Pass is a little more rocky, but preps you for Mt. Whitney the next day. Highly recommend this hike!

Great trail but try to get to Kearsarge Pass for the incredible view the other side. Only downside is the horse poop. When it's fresh, and it's a hot day, the smell is overwhelming. I don't understand why the Forest Service allows for-profit companies like Pack Trips to take horses on a narrow trail that has backpackers and hikers. At least clean up the poop!!! There is no way to avoid it on a narrow trail.

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.

backpacking
no shade
off trail
scramble
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful day hike! If you have the time, it's worth going north instead to Rae lake!!!

hiking
5 months ago

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

Nice but it's really worth going all the way to the pass

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

Amazing trail! Went to Matlock lake and back to trail head. A great first hike of our trip!

hiking
5 months ago

Harder when it rains and hails on you. Get down from the pass as soon as we could. Love it!

@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.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
5 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!!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
5 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!

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