Rae Lakes Loop Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Besides being a perfect loop with good trails and ideally located campsites, the Rae Lakes Loop embodies the spirit of Kings Canyon National Park: the granite-walled canyons, the cascading creeks and rivers, the green meadows brilliant with wildflowers, the sparkling clarity of the high mountain lakes, and the euphoric views from the lofty crest of a High Sierran pass. This is a popular loop, and you will have lots of company on your long trek. To keep hikers from congregating at scenic points, a one-night camping limit has been established at Kearsarge Lakes, Charlotte Lake, and Rae Lakes. In Paradise Valley, you must use a numbered campsite and abide by a two-night limit. Bullfrog Lake is closed to camping. Food lockers have been installed at all major camping areas along the loop and are significantly helping to reduce the bear problem. If you camp away from the food lockers to avoid the crowds, you must store your food in bear-resistant canisters."