Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
by Laurel Scheidt (Falcon Guides)
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A very scenic trip. We had only gone about 300 yards when our first bear meandered across our path completely uninterested in us. The incline is really quite easy up to the junction between Alta Meadow and Alta Peak. We camped at Mehrten Meadows, which was fun (and we were visited by a number of inquisitive deer), though it is bitterly cold in September. This gave us the chance to also explore Alta meadows, a much better campsite with fantastic views of the eastern Sierras. The view from Alta Peak is outstanding. Well worth the effort, and although the climb is never in the same league as Whitney, I would recommend spending at least the previous night in the park to acclimatize if you plan to do it as a day hike. In summary, excellent views, good solitude, and moderate to strenuous work.
Alta peak starts at the Wolverton parking lot and begins the same as the lakes trail.The scenery is nice with lots of wildlife seen.The views down the canyon are great as well as the views East towrds the Great Western Divide.After about four and a half or five miles this trail begins a fairly serious accent to the peak.I have read a few reports saying how this wasnt a hard hime or really worth the time, but this is most certainly not a hike for your average weekend hiker, and the views from the top of Pear lake are great.Beware the altitude of just over 11,000 feet.This is a full day out and bakc hike,bring lots of water and some food,start early.
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