Kearsarge Pass to Mount Gould Trail

Independence, California

Kearsarge Pass to Mount Gould Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Kearsarge Pass is one of the most popular backpacking entry points into the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks region. It is popular because of its relatively steady grade and short distance. The trail constantly ascends, branching near the beginning for Golden Trout Lake, and again, farther on, near Matlock Lake. Stay straight each time. (Due to the lakes, this trail is also popular with fishermen.) As you ascend, the pass comes into clear view. The way meanders a bit and switchbacks up the mountain, making the distance appear less than it actually is."

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Trail Information

Independence
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12
Distance
3,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours or overnight
Duration
Late spring through fall
Season
9,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,005 feet
Top Elevation
Waterfalls
Features
Inyo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Kearsarge Peak
Local Maps
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Activity Feed

Jun 2018