Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
by Laurel Scheidt (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Laurel Scheidt/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Great acclimator for Mt Whitney. The Onion Valley campground sits at over 9000 feet. Kearsarge pass is over 11500 feet. It really helped with our Mt Whitney Ascent. The first day we hiked to Golden Trout lake, but I would not recommend this, as we did not find the lake as the upper trail is hard to find. The second morning we went up the Kearsarge pass trail, my friends stopped and caught brook trout out of lower pothole lake and I went to the pass for acllimation purposes and it was a beautiful walk. So I recommend staying off of the Golden trout trail and stay on the Kearsarge pass trail when you come to that fork in the road.
Awesome views, a little busy though. The hike goes through a wide variety of alpine environments until it passes above the treeline. I proposed to my wife at the top of Kearsarge Pass and then we camped at the lakes below.
Only made it to the ridge overlooking all the lakes, but it was incredible. You do climb 2500 feet on this hike, but it's gradual and you pass many lakes. It's really gorgeous and not too hard. All trail, with a bit of loose rock.
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