Sierra South Backcountry Trips in Californiaand39;s Sierra Nevada  by Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett

Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada Guide Book

by Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press)
Sierra South Backcountry Trips in Californiaand39;s Sierra Nevada  by Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett
For nearly 40 years, Sierra South has inspired thousands of hikers to explore California's Sierra Nevada. Now in its 8th edition and 140,000 copies later, the completely reorganized and updated classic guidebook showcases new trips and old favorites, as well as extended coverage. Some 84 meticulously selected trips traverse Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and many more of the stunning wilderness areas and national forests in the southern Sierra. The trips are now organized around major highways and roads for easy selection - pick an area, drive there, and go. Trips range from quick overnighters to 12-day traverses.

© 2006 Kathy Morey and Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell and Thomas Winnett/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 84.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 84.

Natural gardens and wonderful panoramas make the hike to Alta Meadow a treat, while the huge meadow itself—seasonally carpeted in wildflowers—is a delight to visit. Taking the trail to Alta Peak is a popular dayhike from here.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
Sooner or later, everyone who returns to the High Sierra will want to try a little cross-country hiking. This fairly short trip is a fine choice for travelers who have reached that point.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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This spectacular hike tours a wide variety of High Sierra delights. Starting from the forested depths of Bear Creek Canyon, this trip climbs to the picturesque and secluded Bear Lakes through glacially carved valleys and lush meadows. Although several parts of the terrain are strenuous, solitude and breathtaking beauty richly reward the determined hiker.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 39
The price of admission to the incredible scenery beyond Sawmill Lake is the extremely strenuous climb to that lake on Day 1. Once that price has been paid, however, the next few days traverse highly varied and endlessly beautiful terrain, with expansive views into vast cirques and majestic peaks.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 46
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This trip traverses the lush, forested meadows surrounding Corral Mountain and offers sweeping vistas of granite domes along North Fork Kings River. The path then ascends through serene meadows carpeted in wildflowers to the stark alpine beauty of the Bench Valley basin. The many small lakes and cliffs in this hanging valley offer fishing, rock climbing, and rich alpenglow at sunset. Since most of the trail follows marked, easy terrain, this trip makes a great choice for a longer yet moderate outing.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 40
This trip, which visits Big and Little Five Lakes, is perhaps the best backpackers’ route for looping the dramatic alpine country east of Mineral King. Challenging passes and remote lakes reward the hiker, and fishing for golden and brook is good to excellent.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 40.5
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In an alpine setting close under the Sierra Crest, Big McGee Lake shares a large granite basin with three other fishable lakes. This beautiful spot nestles below the sheer, colorful walls of 12,816-foot Red and White Mountain, and close to impressive 12,458-foot Mt. Crocker.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14
At least 10 named, beautiful lakes (with fish!) and numerous ponds and streams await visitors to this very popular area, the watershed of North Fork Big Pine Creek, which also offers the easiest access to the Sierra’s largest glacier, Palisade Glacier.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15.4
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One of a dozen High Sierra lakes within Blackcap Basin, Portal Lake occupies the top steps of a glacial staircase. Although official trails end at Portal Lake, exploration into the vast Blackcap Basin and beyond through this “portal” leads to exquisite scenic beauty at the west edge of the LeConte Divide and Kettle Ridge, deep in the heart of John Muir Wilderness.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 41
Avery demanding climb on trail that’s sometimes hard to follow leads to a beautiful high lake with fine Class 2 to 3 cross-country rambling around the watershed of South Fork Big Pine Creek. You may have Brainerd Lake all to yourself!
Big Pine, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
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This offers abundant, dramatic High Sierra scenery for relatively little effort—though it’s a little more adventurous—and can be done as a dayhike. The lakes are named for the striking peak just west of them, Chocolate Peak, which looks from the north like a chocolate sundae.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.1
Splendid alpine scenery keeps hikers company as they enjoy this easy trip to a lake nestled under sheer granite cliffs and ledges. An optional climb of Dogtooth Peak adds to the scenery and adventure.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Enjoy an easy semi-loop trip that pauses in this lightly used region at a trio of charming lakes, the three little Cora Lakes.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
The broad, gentle terrain surrounding Crown Lake allows excursions off the beaten path in search of solitude. This trek provides the opportunity to commune peacefully along one of the finest series of meadows in the southern Sierra.
Clovis, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 25
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Cradled in a hanging valley below 13,000- foot peaks, including the imposing north faces of Mt. Darwin and Mt. Mendel, the five Darwin Lakes offer an alpine setting that rivals any canyon in the Sierra for extraordinary mountain scenery.
Bishop, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding,Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14
This is a long and unforgettable trip of stunning beauty and immense rewards—and one less traveled because of its length and the remoteness of its principal destinations: Deadman, Cloud, and Kern canyons, and the canyon of the Kern-Kaweah River. It will be the trip of a lifetime for many, so schedule as many layover days as your food-carrying ability allows. Because of its length, we don’t recommend this trip for beginners.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 110.4
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The Deer Lakes Loop makes an ideal weekend trip or an ambitious, strenuous dayhike. In the journey from Lake George down Duck Pass, hikers encounter both stark alpine and dense forest terrains. The lightly traveled route to Deer Lakes follows the spine of the Mammoth Crest, with expansive views in every direction.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness receives far less traffic than its eastern neighbor, John Muir Wilderness. This well-graded route leads past nearly a dozen alpine lakes that are set amid granite spires and sawtooth ridgelines. The shallow lakes are relatively warm for swimming.
Shaver Lake, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
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Ascend the spectacular drainage of South Fork Bishop Creek on the popular Bishop Pass Trail to enter Kings Canyon National Park and find the high, granite country of Dusy Basin and its wonderland of alpine lakes, ponds, streams, and peaks.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14
Ascending the Lewis Creek drainage, the trail passes through many different habitats and plant communities. Since much of this drainage has experienced fire in recent decades, the trip is an exceptional tour of fire ecology and forest succession. The geologically and scenically varied lakes in this region are favored by anglers, but the route to them from South Fork Kings River challenges even the most fit.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26
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