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    Weaver Lake Trail

    Giant Sequoia National Monument, California
    Elevation Gain1,521ft
    Trailhead Elevation7,607ft
    Elevation Min/Max7593/8717ft
    Elevation Start/End7607/7607ft

    Weaver Lake Trail

    Weaver Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Jennie Lakes Wilderness and Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 7,607 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,521 feet. The Fox Meadow and the Big Meadows Trailhead Parking can be seen along the trail. There are also information guideposts, a spring, and restrooms along the trail.

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    Bloomfield, CA
    Ranger | 599 pts
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    A really great day hike, but can also be a mellow backpacking overnighter at Weaver Lake. The hike itself gets steep but is otherwise fairly easy going, and the views are just beautiful. The lake is cool and refreshing. I've taken my dog here whether it was just a day trek or camping overnight.
    San Diego, CA
    Adventurer | 265 pts
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    Did this on a dayhike. I gave this trail 4 stars because of scenery, but for maneuverability, it deserves 3. The footbridge near the trail head is broken in half. Some kind hikers loaded the area with rocks so the crossing could be completed. The trail was difficult to follow in some areas due to lingering snow and snowmelt inundating the trail. The trail is steep, but those that read the guide know this. Will not try again until all the snow is gone... July at the earliest. Parents, keep your children close at hand as fresh tracks on the way back showed a mountain lion followed a family for a good amount of the trail. The lake itself is lovely, and hope to make it on a backpacking trip when we can linger/camp.
    Oxnard, CA
    Pathfinder | 100 pts
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    The trail up to Weaver Lake was rocky but well marked and somewhat steep. It's a popular destination both as a day hike or backpack. With it's granite backdrop the lake was postcard perfect. Not a large lake but big enough it's a chore to swim to the other side. We swam and it was refreshing. The bottom is pretty mucky so wear water shoes. You have to climb across large rocks to get to the best swimming area on the far side of the lake. You can also fish the lake. There is plenty of room to set up camp, many spots have fire pits. The best camping is on the right side of the lake. When you hit the lake go right and cross the outflow. We experienced loads of mosquitoes. Most sites have a mix of sun and shade, a few were mostly shady. Some good spots for small groups, we had seven in four tents and did not feel crowded.

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    "This enjoyable hike takes you to a striking lake, warm enough for swimming, at the base of Shell Mountain. The views along the way are superior. The trail, FS 29E05, leads downhill, skirting the campground to cross Big Meadows Creek on a collapsed wooden" Read more
    Laurel Scheidt
    "This enjoyable hike takes you by a pretty meadow, past superior views, and on to a striking lake—warm enough for swimming—at the base of Shell Mountain." Read more
    Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
    "Watch for the stream and a footbridge within a few hundred yards of the parking area. Cross the bridge and look ahead for the wooden trail marker with an arrow pointing left. All trail-locating anxieties now behind you, you and pooch can get on with the business of having fun. If you’ve hiked several of the other Sierra trails in this book, this one won’t be the most memorable. But it has the unique distinction of being the most easily accessible lake in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, not to mention how close pooch will get to hiking in Sequoia National Park on this trail." Read more
    Bubba Suess
    "This pretty hike leads to Weaver Lake in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, where you will find a lovely lake backed by high granite cliffs. The Jennie Lakes Wilderness is a small pocket of land tucked between the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park and the southwest corner of the main body of Kings Canyon, with Sequoia National Park lying directly to the south. It is part, albeit a small one, of the large unbroken block of wilderness that stretches from Yosemite to the South Sierra Wilderness. The wilderness covers a low shoulder of the Kings-Kaweah Divide that extends beyond the boundary of the national park." Read more

    Trail Information

    Giant Sequoia National Monument
    Nearby City
    Jennie Lakes Wilderness
    Trail Guides

    Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California


    Hiking Northern California

    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Swimming, Camping
    Additional Use
    Waterfalls, Views
    Hume Lake Ranger District, 35860 East Kings Canyon Rd., Dunlap 93621 (559) 338-2251
    Local Contacts
    USGS Muir Grove; USFS Monarch and Jennie Lakes Wilderness; USFS John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness
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