Franklin Lakes Trail

Three Rivers, California

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Enclosed in a snow-dappled cirque below Mount Franklin and Tulare Peak, Lower Franklin Lake is as beautiful as nature and man could make it. Nature did an excellent job sculpting the scene, leaving sand-covered ledges on the granite slopes for scenic campsites. Man, in the form of Southern California Edison, created the large, deep lake. Upper Franklin Lake was left as nature intended, wild and beautiful.
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range

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100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range

by Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall (The Mountaineers Books)

Enclosed in a snow-dappled cirque below Mount Franklin and Tulare Peak, Lower Franklin Lake is as beautiful as nature and man could make it. Nature did an excellent job sculpting the scene, leaving sand-covered ledges on the granite slopes for scenic campsites. Man, in the form of Southern California Edison, created the large, deep lake. Upper Franklin Lake was left as nature intended, wild and beautiful.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 2,527 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,810 feet
Top Elevation: 10,337 feet
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park; Mineral King Ranger Station
Local Maps: USFS John Muir Wilderness (South Section); USGS Mineral King
Driving Directions: Directions to Franklin Lakes Trail

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Apr 2018