Rae Lakes Loop Trail

Cedar Grove, California 95709

Rae Lakes Loop Trail

Rae Lakes Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Rae Lakes Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This fine trip circles King Spur. The scenery en route is dramatic enough to challenge the most accomplished photographer or artist as the trail ascends the glacially carved canyon of South Fork Kings River, visits the exceptionally beautiful Rae Lakes, makes a breathtaking ascent of Glen Pass, circles beneath the towering ramparts of the Videttes and Kearsarge Pinnacles, and returns down the canyon of dashing Bubbs Creek."

Rae Lakes Loop Trail Reviews

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7/27/2010
Great Trip. The scenery is always changing. Take your time and enjoy the surroundings. Take an extra day off in the Rae Lakes Basin and relax and fish (bring spinners!) or do some adventuresome day hiking and mountain scrambling in the basin. Bring deet. The mosquitos are unforgiving in late July.
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7/26/2010
One of the better hiking trails with plenty of options once there, different trails along the way with good markings, plenty of water, well marked, decent camping areas, breath taking views all around, bring good shoes but not to difficult to walk.
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9/9/2009
We took 5 days to do this trail, and had plenty of time (for guys in their late 50s) The trail is spectacularly beautiful with one section better than the previous one. There is a lot of climbing (7000' up and 7000' down) basically all uphill the first half and all down the second. The footway is generally excellent. We saw only one bear, and we did see a rattle snake at lower altitudes. The only down side of the hike were the annoying gnats that hung out with us until about 7000' The trail was very clean and water was plentiful. I do recommend doing the trail in the clockwise direction, as the ascents are not quite as difficult. There were some people, especially up to Mist Falls, but after that there was some company, but the trail was not crowded this time of year. If I were to do it again, I would leave an extra day to explore the 60 lakes area.
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9/1/2008
Awesome backpacking trip! Definitely recommend it!
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7/5/2007
This is a beautiful 40+ mile loop that highlights everything the Sierras has to offer: wildflower-filled meadows, deep blue mountain lakes, crystal clear streams, high passes with stunning views in all directions. We spent 3 nights and felt fairly rushed. We also encountered a black bear that rambled alongside us for about a half mile. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
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7/1/2007
I went with my brother and his son on this hike. We started the trail along Bubbs Creek and encountered most people exiting that way. This was a better way to go since the challenge was going up Glen Pass was a bit steeper than expected but worth the effort when we hit the top and had views both north and south. The way down was not as easy going as oour map indicated but the campsites (Junction Meadow, Rae Lakes, and Upper Paradise Valley) were well worth the trip. Since the 4th of July Holiday was in the middle of the week, not many hikers were encountered until the last day. A definite must trip for the views.
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Trail Information

Cedar Grove
Nearby City
46
Distance
6,943 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 days
Duration
August through September
Season
5,035 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,978 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park; Cedar Grove Ranger Station and Roads End Information Station
Local Contacts
USFS Kings Canyon National Park—Rae Lakes Loop; USGS The Sphinx and Mt. Clarence King
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018