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Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
SEKI West Side Entry Ideas on 07/10/2012 11:52:52 MDT Print View

Hi all, I have been thinking about doing something on the west side of the of either Kings Canyon or Sequoia. I have done the Rae Lakes Loop and wish not do that one again. I would prefer Sequoia. I am looking at 30-40 miles 3-4 days. What you say

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: SEKI West Side Entry Ideas on 07/10/2012 14:12:23 MDT Print View

Take the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow out to Hamilton Lakes and back. I think that is about 33 miles round trip, and the last mile or two to Hamilton Lakes will kick your butt.

Or, the Mineral King route that I did a few weeks ago was about 37 miles. That took me three days. Timber Gap, Hamilton Lakes and Kaweah Gap, Big Arroyo, Lost Canyon, Sawtooth Pass. I had thought about Black Rock Pass, but it looked awful.

--B.G.--

Eric Braun
(Dukedante) - F
Mineral King on 07/11/2012 15:00:49 MDT Print View

Several years ago I did a loop from Mineral King:
Night 1 at Franklin Lakes, Night 2 at Little Claire Lake, Night 3 at Columbine Lake.
If i recall it was about 30 miles, which left plenty of time to explore at each destination or just take lots of time on the trail looking at the beauty. Even though I was a ranger at the time in the Sequoia frontcountry, I remember the Mineral King backcountry as what the park was really about.