Rae Lakes Loop Backpacking

Fresno, California

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Without a doubt, the Rae Lakes Loop is one of the most popular backcountry trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. For those who don’t mind the company, the area offers some classic High Sierra scenery featuring crystalline, subalpine lakes that reflect an array of glacier-sculpted domes and jagged peaks. Beginning in the majestic setting of Kings Canyon, the route visits two major Sierra creeks (Woods and Bubbs), a significant waterfall (Mist Falls), and two beautiful meadows (Castle Domes and Lower Vidette). It also crosses a major Sierra pass (Glen Pass).

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"Without a doubt, the Rae Lakes Loop is one of the most popular backcountry trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. For those who don’t mind the company, the area offers some classic High Sierra scenery featuring crystalline, subalpine lakes that reflect an array of glacier-sculpted domes and jagged peaks. Beginning in the majestic setting of Kings Canyon, the route visits two major Sierra creeks (Woods and Bubbs), a significant waterfall (Mist Falls), and two beautiful meadows (Castle Domes and Lower Vidette). It also crosses a major Sierra pass (Glen Pass)."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Fresno
Distance: 39
Elevation Gain: 3,880 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4-7 days
Season: Late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. The Sphinx and Mt. Clarence King
Driving Directions: Directions to Rae Lakes Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018