Cancel Search
  • Search by
  • MAP FLYOVER

    Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail Backpacking

    Lodgepole, California

    Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail Backpacking

    Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail (Backpacking) Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "What would it be like to walk across the entire Sierra? many hikers wonder. What magical places are hidden in the heart of the range, far from any trip I’ve attempted yet? I want to see them! If you’re such a hiker, this is the trip for you, for it crosses the range almost entirely on the famed High Sierra Trail, passing through remote and beautiful regions on its way to climbing Mt. Whitney, highest peak in the contiguous 48 states. True, many people find their way to Bearpaw Meadow and even Hamilton Lakes from the west, and up Mt. Whitney from the east. But very few ever see the splendor of Big Arroyo, from whose meadowed floor you look up to hanging valleys carved from almost-white granite. Fewer still are those who cross remote Chagoopa Plateau, enjoying the tranquil loveliness of Moraine Lake. And even though people tend to congregate at Kern Hot Spring for obvious reasons, they are just a handful who, like you on this trip, are privileged to be in the greatest of all the Sierra’s “yosemites,” awesome Kern Canyon. There are other places and other trails on which to cross the range, but I think none is more exciting and spectacular than this, the High Sierra Trail. Plan a few layover days so that you can explore some of the more remote niches that the High Sierra Trail passes near but not through, like Nine Lake Basin, the basin at the headwaters of the Kern River, and Wallace Lake."

    Share photos of Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail (Backpacking) Trail

    Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail (Backpacking) Trail Trip Reports

    Terrible!
    Start your trip report for Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal via the High Sierra Trail (Backpacking) Trail
    Attach photos from your trip.
    Please Select a star rating.
    5
    5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
    icon1 Total
    Corinth, TX
    Pathfinder | 81 pts
    5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
    8/1/2003
    The High Siera train is in my book as the most beautiful trail I've hiked. Every day and sometimes every step brings new views that are more marvelous than you could believe. Not much later you've completely forgotten what you marvelled at previously because you are stunned by what you are experiencing now. This one-upsmanship continues untill you peak Mt Whitney and look across the Owens Valley to the White Mountains. Many cut across the Chagoopa Plataeu and skip Morraine Lake; don't make that mistake. It is well worth an extra day.
    0
    Comments

    Trail Information

    Lodgepole
    Nearby City
    68.5
    Distance
    13,354 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Shuttle
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    8-14 days
    Duration
    Best late summer through early fall
    Season
    Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park - permit required
    Local Contacts
    USGS 7.5-min Lodgepole, Triple Divide Peak, Mt. Kaweah, Chagoopa Falls, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Langley
    Local Maps

    Trail Log