South Lake to Roads End Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This east-to-west section of the John Muir Trail is laden with high-altitude passes for hungry peak-baggers. With alpine lakes, craggy peaks, and flower-strewn meadows rewarding considerable effort, this is high drama, Kings Canyon–style. The journey begins at an already formidable altitude, so rugged above-treeline views are within grasp almost immediately. Crest Bishop Pass (11,972 feet) and soak in the silent grandeur of the peaks of the Inconsolable Range. Summit Mather Pass (12,100 feet) via cleverly camouflaged switchbacks up a seeming pile of rubble, and finally reach the highest prize of the section: Pinchot Pass (12,130 feet) where the thin air does not spoil a rich view. A long descent past meadows, aspen groves, and thundering waterfalls leads to end of the road at the namesake canyon of Kings Canyon National Park. Outstanding features: Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Le Conte Canyon, Golden Staircase, Palisade Lakes, Mather Pass, Lake Marjorie, Pinchot Pass, Castle Domes, Mist Falls"