Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin

Independence, California 93526

Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin

Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin Professional Review and Guide

"The Rae Lakes Basin is arguably one of the prettiest alpine basins in the Sierra Nevada. Large numbers of backpackers certainly think so—this is one of most heavily used and regulated backcountry areas outside of the Whitney Zone (bear canisters are required, and there’s a two-night camping limit). Restrictions aside, a trip to the Rae Lakes may be the quintessential High Sierra outing."

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Trail Information

Independence
Nearby City
28.6
Distance
4,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3–5 days
Duration
Mid-July to early October
Season
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Kearsarge Peak and Mt. Clarence King
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018