Taboose Pass Trail

Big Pine, California

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The Taboose Pass Trail is the northern entry in the “three not to see” category, along with its sister trails over Baxter and Sawmill Passes. A low-elevation start, lack of shade, and poorly maintained tread combine to make this a trip for backpackers in great shape who don’t mind heat and poor conditions. However, for those who aren’t vanquished by the grueling climb up to the pass, the sweeping view across a sloping, flower-splashed meadow is one of the more impressive vistas in the High Sierra. In addition, the easy stroll over to Bench Lake with its fine campsites is a very pleasant journey.

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"The Taboose Pass Trail is the northern entry in the “three not to see” category, along with its sister trails over Baxter and Sawmill Passes. A low-elevation start, lack of shade, and poorly maintained tread combine to make this a trip for backpackers in great shape who don’t mind heat and poor conditions. However, for those who aren’t vanquished by the grueling climb up to the pass, the sweeping view across a sloping, flower-splashed meadow is one of the more impressive vistas in the High Sierra. In addition, the easy stroll over to Bench Lake with its fine campsites is a very pleasant journey."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Big Pine
Distance: 23.5
Elevation Gain: 6,205 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2–4 days
Season: Mid-July to mid-October
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS’s Fish Springs, Aberdeen, and Mt. Pinchot

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Jun 2018