Alta Meadow Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Elevation Gain828ft
Trailhead Elevation9,302ft
Elevation Min/Max9040/9487ft
Elevation Start/End9302/9302ft

Alta Meadow Trail

Alta Meadow Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 9,302 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 828 feet. Along the trail there is a wetland. This trail connects with the following: Alta Trail.

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"This expansive meadow attracts numerous types of wildlife, while affording awe-inspiring views of the Great Western Divide and Alta Peak. Begin by following the Lakes Trail (Hike 23) to the Lakes/Panther Gap Trail junction at 1.8 miles. Then follow the route to Alta Peak (Hike 24) to the junction with the Alta Peak Trail at 4.7 miles.

From this point continue straight (southeast) through a sandy zone dotted with phlox, and then reenter the woods. The path is nearly level for some distance, then dips slightly to cross a small creek before arriving at the head of Alta Meadow at 5.6 miles."

"Natural gardens and wonderful panoramas make the hike to Alta Meadow a treat, while the huge meadow itself—seasonally carpeted in wildflowers—is a delight to visit. Taking the trail to Alta Peak is a popular dayhike from here."

"Alta Peak’s airy summit offers one of the best views available on the western side of Sequoia via a maintained trail. While arduous, a one-day ascent is a viable option for strong hikers who are well acclimatized.

Lesser mortals have the option of a 2–3 day backpack trip, with a basecamp at either Alta Meadow or Mehrten Meadow Camp. However many days are needed, the supreme vista from Alta Peak is a just reward for the effort involved in getting there."

"Two destinations lure you deep into the backcountry, one a green meadow fringed by the magnificent summits of the Great Western Divide and the other a peak with views so expansive you may want to sit down and applaud Mother Nature. Either destination can be reached by a long day hike. However, if you can spare an entire weekend, treat yourself to an overnight hike to the meadow and from there climb to the summit of Alta Peak for an inspirational sunset."

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Aug 2018