Rae Lakes Loop

Cedar Grove, California

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Many consider the Rae Lakes Loop the quintessential High Sierra trek. Certainly the route is among the most popular. Thousands of backpackers flock to the area every summer, routinely filling the daily quota for wilderness permits. The Rae Lakes area is blessed with subalpine scenery as fine as any in the Sierra, with crystalline lakes reflecting an array of glacier-sculpted domes and jagged peaks. Jaunts into the mountain splendor of the neighboring Sixty Lakes Basin offer more chances for discovering serenity away from the main trail.

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"Many consider the Rae Lakes Loop the quintessential High Sierra trek. Certainly the route is among the most popular. Thousands of backpackers flock to the area every summer, routinely filling the daily quota for wilderness permits. The Rae Lakes area is blessed with subalpine scenery as fine as any in the Sierra, with crystalline lakes reflecting an array of glacier-sculpted domes and jagged peaks. Jaunts into the mountain splendor of the neighboring Sixty Lakes Basin offer more chances for discovering serenity away from the main trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cedar Grove
Distance: 39
Elevation Gain: 7,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3–5 days
Season: Mid-July to mid-October
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS’s The Sphinx and Mt. Clarence King

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