Courtright Reservoir to Rae Lake Backpacking

Clovis, California

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There is a lot of wilderness to the west of Kings Canyon National Park. The North Fork Kings River was not granted National Park status because this drainage was coveted by the logging and grazing industries. And for good reason: the lower elevations contain cathedral forests of towering conifers while the higher elevations support a vast wonderland of subalpine meadows. Most of this area is now within the John Muir Wilderness where logging is prohibited and grazing has been reduced. This beautiful trip passes through some of these meadowy flower gardens, and Rae Lake provides easy access to many out-of-the-way lake basins west of the LeConte Divide.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

There is a lot of wilderness to the west of Kings Canyon National Park. The North Fork Kings River was not granted National Park status because this drainage was coveted by the logging and grazing industries. And for good reason: the lower elevations contain cathedral forests of towering conifers while the higher elevations support a vast wonderland of subalpine meadows. Most of this area is now within the John Muir Wilderness where logging is prohibited and grazing has been reduced. This beautiful trip passes through some of these meadowy flower gardens, and Rae Lake provides easy access to many out-of-the-way lake basins west of the LeConte Divide.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Clovis
Distance: 26
Elevation Gain: 3,455 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best summer to early fall
Local Contacts: Sierra National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Courtright Reservoir, Ward Mtn., Blackcap Mtn., Mt. Henry
Driving Directions: Directions to Courtright Reservoir to Rae Lake (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2008
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Excellent trail in very good shape. Rock steps on the climb that starts at the sign for John Muir Wilderness a bit too tall (12"-16") making the climb harder than it needs to be. Plan for mosquitos and flys, surprising in number. There is an excellent established camp site on the west side of Post Corral Meadow (approx 6 miles from trail head) Set back among lodgepole pines it can only be accessed by rock hopping the creek and hiking along the edge of the meadow...very nice stopover point. About 5 miles in you'll cross a puncheon bridge which was recently installed by the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. For more information visit www.trailcrew.org



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