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Onion Valley to Kearsarge Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"This journey travels up the Onion Valley, passing several beautiful lakes, then climbs over windswept Kearsarge Pass and down to the dazzling Kearsarge Lakes.The rocky trail begins by switchbacking up a sunny slope through sage and scattered pines. After climbing a few of the switchbacks, you can see the trail leading to Golden Trout Lake to the north. Within a mile you enter the John Muir Wilderness, continuing to switchback with views back down to the trailhead and across the Owens Valley to the Inyo Mountains.Little Pothole Lake has a few campsites and two waterfalls cascading into its still waters. The path resumes switchbacking and reaches the ripples of Gilbert Lake at 1.9 miles. You will find large campsites at this lake. Traveling first along the lake’s north shore, then its west, you pass a side trail to more campsites on its south shore."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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