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4 months ago

Very well kept trail, easy grade to the pass. No real established trail to peak, soft and shifty soil. Very windy approaching summit, didn’t finish due to high winds.

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5 months ago

This is a wonderful hike! It's easier to get the permit than the full loop too, and could technically be done in a single day - but it's worth going further up north!

Completed a 3 night/4 day trip yesterday. Spent the first night at Flower(s) lake, second night at Charlotte lake and 3rd night at Rae lakes. Onion valley to flowers lake: Immediate kick to the butt with the switchbacks (they seemed never ending on the way back yesterday). It’s “only” 2 miles and 1300 ft. elevation gain. Charlotte Hated it. Don’t know if it was the rain or the fact that we lost about 300 ft. in elevation gain. Or the drying out or the horses with bells all night around our tents. Not a good experience. Will avoid it next time to Rae lakes. Rae lakes: Due to the rain and drying out at Charlotte lake I didn’t get to spend much time at Rae lakes. Just had dinner and went to bed. But it’s the most beautiful spot I’ve ever seen. Very unique. Also once you get there expect to walk another mile along the shores to find a spot for camping. We chose to be near the bear boxes. That was an additional mile and a water crossing. Rae lakes to onion valley: left at 7:25am made it back to the car at 2:25pm. Dry spots: There’s always lakes but I don’t consider going down to get water “accessible”. I’m lazy. :) No water from flowers to kearsarge pass and 1 mile beyond the pass. After those couple of streams no water for 4-5 miles (if you’re going straight to Glenn pass). After Glenn pass it’s about a 1/2 mile to the best water on the trail. Most of the trail is exposed.

What a great backpacking trip!!! You will definitely earn all the great views

Beautiful warm weather with sight breeze. No too buggy anymore. Made it over Glen Pass to a great camp spot at Rae Lakes.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful. Heading north from the pass, I stayed mainly on the right side of the ridge up until the darker colored rocks. Then I stayed on the left side from there. This is where the scrambling also starts. Had to leave due to storm clouds coming in. Mostly class 3 with slight class 4 towards the end. There is also a false summit and false peak just before the actual peak. Ended up accidentally climbing up the false peak via class 4 scramble on the east side only to realize I wasn't on the actual peak.

Completed this hike in 2 nights/3 days on July 27-29th 2019. Started trail from Onion valley campground mid morning where we had spent the night prior. Lots of exposure on this trail. No need to carry more than a liter of water at a time if you have a filter. Lots of running water throughout the trail. Reached kearsarge lakes around 4 pm on day 1 and camped there. Buggy but beautiful!!! On day 2, we began again at mid morning and hiked over a second pass and down to Rae lakes. Pass had a few substantial ice patches. If you have spikes, they could be helpful, especially in the morning when it’s still icy. Hiking poles were good to have. Camped at Rae Lakes which was beautiful but also buggy. To reach the campsites at Rae Lakes you need to cross a knee deep stream. Began our trek back from Rae Lakes on day 3 at 5 am and reached Onion Valley by 1 pm. Overall, would highly recommend this hike to experienced hikers with proper gear! Lakes were beyond stunning and swimming was worth the chilly temps. Most hikers we passed were thru hiking either JMT or PCT.

Worth it. Kings Canyon via PCT/John Muir Trail is some of the most scenic trails in the US. Access from Onion is all switchbacks up but the push is worth it.

hiking
Fri Jan 18 2019

I did this back in September. Amazing especially when you get up top and see the lakes. Very windy though

The best kind of suck in the world

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Sun Sep 23 2018

This beautiful trail with gently ascending switchbacks makes the 2,555 ft of elevation gain feel easy. Once you've reached the crest the views are stunning. There are multiple lakes along the way. It was quite windy near the the top the day we went.

Beautiful route. Spent the night at Rae Lakes because this is way too hard to do in one day - it's even hard to do consecutive days, but well worth it if you've got the fitness!

hiking
Mon Jun 18 2018

I just hiked this on 6.16.18. No snow on trail only a small patch near top. Very windy at the summit. The last section from the top of Kearsarg Pass to the summit is nothing to joke about, this is the hardest part of this hike since it is straight up. Save your energy for this section. There seems to be a trail to the summit that you can follow however it is very hard to see on the way up. Such a beautiful hike and a great view into Kings Canyon!

backpacking
Fri Aug 11 2017

My trip was an overnight starting at the Onion Valley trailhead, then on to Heart Lake for the night. The next day from Heart Lake to Kearsarg Pass at 11,758. The above route is nothing to galk at as each of those are also rated as hard but well worth the effort, as Heart Lake can only be reached by a 600ft climb up or down based on entry point. Once one reaches Kearsarg one heads up the incline increases via 1000 feet in half mile, then after circumventing the three false peaks one then reaches Gould at 13,005ft in three quarters of a mile. I have attached a picture of Gould taken from the third false peak just to show the peak. While the third false peak is only 12,995ft but is not as technically challenging as Gould. The peak will yeld some of the majestic views one can only achieve by climbing to such heights. To Each Hiker is Their Own!

day hike from onion to Kearsage... my favorite hike so far in the Sierras... amazing views the whole way... seeing Bullfrog lake in the distance and the headwaters of the Kings River was a plus... it was like Dr. Suess and Dali designed these mountains... on the way up, two substantial waterfalls merge into the same lake...

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