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Onion Valley Trailhead toward Kearsarge Pass Professional Review and Guide
"The trail to Kearsarge Pass skirts several lakes that are popular fishing locations and campsites, and then it climbs to timberline for a vista of craggy ridges. From Lone Pine, drive 15 miles north along US 395 to the town of Independence. From the center of Independence take Market Street (Onion Valley Road) 12.5 miles west to its terminus at the Onion Valley Trailhead.Several trails depart from this large parking area, and the Kearsarge Pass Trail is due west, beyond the toilets and the cluster of bear boxes. From the edge of the parking area, you climb an open slope dotted with dry site shrubs, including sagebrush. Except for a brief interlude beneath tall red firs, the trail continues through similar vegetation. Throughout this section, there are views down-canyon to the parking area and beyond."
--Elizabeth Wenk, One Best Hike: Mt. Whitney (Wilderness Press).
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