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    Kearsarge Pass

    Independence, California

    Kearsarge Pass

    Kearsarge Pass Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "Though it requires a long, steady climb, the hike to Kearsarge passes through an excellent High Sierra basin ?lled with beautiful lakes. The panorama from the pass is monumental. The trail to Kearsarge Pass is one of the primary routes backpackers use to access the remote backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.

    The trip is not particularly long, but it maintains a steady grade from the very beginning, climbing relentlessly to the crest of the Sierra Nevada. The journey passes a chain of gorgeous alpine lakes and offers a constantly changing perspective on a collection of extremely rugged mountains."

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
    "The drive up Onion Valley Road is a prelude to the dramatic scenery that awaits you on the hike. The 4 miles of switchbacks along Independence Creek take you past three lakes and overlooks two more on the way to summiting 11,760-foot Kearsarge Pass, which teeters on the boundary between Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park." Read more

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    4.2-9 miles
    Distance
    2,621 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    4-5 hours
    Duration
    Best in summer and fall
    Season
    Waterfalls
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    White Mountain Ranger District, 798 North Main St., Bishop 93514 (760) 873-2500 www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo
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