Lodgepole Campground to Deadman Canyon Loop Backpacking

Lodgepole, California

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This 50-plus-mile loop takes you to one of the most scenic canyons in the California, glaciercarved Deadman Canyon. Here, classic High Sierra scenery is abundant, with glistening granite walls rimmed by towering summits and extensive flowercovered meadows below. And best of all, the crowds are light. The trail passes through a wide range of environments in addition to the dramatic canyon, including mid-elevation forests, subalpine, and alpine zones.

Lodgepole Campground to Deadman Canyon Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"This 50-plus-mile loop takes you to one of the most scenic canyons in the California, glaciercarved Deadman Canyon. Here, classic High Sierra scenery is abundant, with glistening granite walls rimmed by towering summits and extensive flowercovered meadows below. And best of all, the crowds are light. The trail passes through a wide range of environments in addition to the dramatic canyon, including mid-elevation forests, subalpine, and alpine zones."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lodgepole
Distance: 52
Elevation Gain: 14,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6-14 days
Season: Late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Lodgepole, Mt. Silliman, Sphinx Lakes, and Triple Divide Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Lodgepole Campground to Deadman Canyon Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2009
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Nice loop, we went from White Wolf to Ten Lakes to Glen Aulin to Pate Valley and out. We reversed the typical route to enjoy the waterfalls at the end. Trail overall well marked; about 10K no trail visible with snow packs making somewhat challenging (GPS helpful). We experienced the full range; two rattle snakes on the trail, fire at end forced us to take an alternate route. Intial 2 days we were by ourselves. The actual Grand Canyon route was enjoyable; lots of water; still minimal traffic. We did it in 4.5 days; 60 miles; for the moderate to experienced hiker (finding the lost trails) was the most difficult. Overall recommend.


8/14/2006
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This is a very challenging hike...descent of 4200 feet for us on day one with 11 miles logged from White Wolfe to the Pate Valley. We passed Morrison Creek about half way into day one...which was beautiful and which with hindsight, we should have stayed at on night one. Night 2 was Waterwheel falls. Night 3 Polly Dome. Day 4 we were out at Tenaya. Our plan was to hike from WW to lake Tenaya via Glen Aulin and Polly Dome lakes so we didn't do a loop trip. About 2 days in, my feet were so trashed from the very rocky and difficult terrain that I thought I would have to shorten the trip. But we seemed to recover each day and pressed on as planned. The Pate Valley is full of tiny creepy flies. they don't bite, but be aware. The Valley is also remote, beautiful and water is abundant on the entire hike. This is definately a hike to remember. When we sighted Lake Tenaya, I actually cried from relief and satisfaction that "We made it!" I would recommend the hike, but the next time I would not put in 11 mile days...i would break it up to allow for relaxation and reflection. The rock slide at the bottom of the Valley was no big deal in low water season..we walked around it with water shoes.


9/16/2005
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Well, I have just one word for this trip: EPIC! Beautiful trip, very secluded (only saw 10-12 other backpackers in 6 days), and challenging. Left White Wolf on Friday at 1:00 PM. Tried for the Pate Valley on night 1 but took a wrong turn (after the first .8 mile, you need to turn LEFT at the trail marker) and I got tired. Camped about halfway down to the Pate Valley by Morrison Creek. There is a perfect campsite with a great view of the Hetch Hetchy. Day 2 we hiked the rest of the way to the Pate Valley, and beyond. The trail guide describes a campsite at the "top of Muir Gorge". Must have missed it, hiked about another mile to the bottom, back down by the river, and found a campsite there. The 3rd night was at McGee Lake, just past Glen Aulin (go to the far side of the lake - then go left a little around the lake and up - there's a great campsite there). Day 4 we hiked up to the top of Tuolumne Peak - the guide shows a campsite just over the top at a pond on the other side - looked too exposed and unprotected, so we pushed on down to the valley. Long day, but worth it. When you get to the valley, if you keep going you'll pass through some forest, then meadow, then a rocky area – there’s a nice campsite to the left between the trail and the creek if you look for the fire ring. The 5th day we hiked out of the valley up to the Ten Lakes. We pushed on out of the Ten Lakes area and over the Ten Lakes Pass. Continued down – we heard there were campsites at a meadow after Ten Lakes, but we didn't see anything. On the topo map we saw a stream farther on, and found a great campsit. A very intense thunderstorm with a lot of lightning came up quickly. Amazingly, the storm was around us, but we didn't get much rain at all. The next day, set off down the hill for the walk back to White Wolf - we were soon walking in about 2 1/2 inches of HAIL that fell the night before! I’m 45, no triathlete but pretty fit, and this was challenging but very doable. Highly recommended.


8/16/2004
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Absolutely beautiful trip. If you do the White Wolf trailhead down into Pate Valley all in one day, make sure that you have plenty of moleskin because it's a LOT of steep downhill.



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