Baxter Pass Trail

Independence, California 93526

Baxter Pass Trail

Baxter Pass Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Only a very small percentage of the backpacking population will find this trip enjoyable—loners in incredible shape with a penchant for masochism. The trail—if the unmaintained, overgrown, washed-out, disappearing track can still be called a trail—is a long, steep, difficult, nasty route that begins practically on the floor of Owens Valley. The climb to Baxter Pass gains 6,300 feet in a little more than 6 miles, a 1,000-feet-per-mile ascent. But the trip is not entirely bad news. The Baxter Lakes are quite scenic and justifiably deserted. However, most hikers will prefer to access the lakes from the John Muir Trail (JMT) instead of from the Oak Creek Trailhead."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
6,650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 days
Mid-July to mid-October
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Kearsarge Peak and Mt. Clarence King
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018