Rae Lakes Loop

Grant Grove, California 93633

Rae Lakes Loop

Rae Lakes Loop Professional Guide

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"This hike is one of the most popular in Kings Canyon National Park, taking you up the Kings Canyon and Woods Creek to alpine lakes, over a nearly 12,000-foot pass, and back down the scenic Bubbs Creek Canyon.

Begin by following the second portion of the trail from Road’s End to the Bailey Bridge (Hike 50) in reverse. This brings you to the trail fork at 1.9 miles, just before the Bailey Bridge. From here, follow the trail to Paradise Valley (Hike 55) to the campsites at 6.5 miles. Beyond the camps, the trail dips and rises through the shade, continuing up the river valley."

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Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Many consider the Rae Lakes Loop the quintessential High Sierra backpacking trip, and the stiff competition for wilderness permits would certainly indicate such. The Rae Lakes Basin is blessed with beautiful subalpine scenery as fine as any in the High Sierra, with crystalline lakes reflecting a bevy of glacier-sculpted domes and serrated peaks." Read more

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Trail Information

Grant Grove
Nearby City
7,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 to 7 hours
Mid-July through mid-Oct
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,000 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 47050 Generals Hwy., Three Rivers, CA 93271; wilderness permits, road and weather conditions, and general information, (559) 565-3341 (24 hours); nps.gov/seki/
Local Contacts
USGS The Sphinx and Mount Clarence King; USFS John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia– Kings Canyon Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018