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    Alta Trail

    Sequoia National Park, California
    Elevation Gain5,072ft
    Trailhead Elevation7,225ft
    Elevation Min/Max7225/11277ft
    Elevation Start/End7225/7225ft

    Alta Trail

    Alta Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 7.6 miles long and begins at 7,225 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,072 feet. Along the trail there are wetlands. The trail ends near Alta Peak (elevation 11,276 feet). This trail connects with the following: Panther Gap Trail and Alta Meadow Trail.
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    Davis, CA
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    A very scenic trip. We had only gone about 300 yards when our first bear meandered across our path completely uninterested in us. The incline is really quite easy up to the junction between Alta Meadow and Alta Peak. We camped at Mehrten Meadows, which was fun (and we were visited by a number of inquisitive deer), though it is bitterly cold in September. This gave us the chance to also explore Alta meadows, a much better campsite with fantastic views of the eastern Sierras. The view from Alta Peak is outstanding. Well worth the effort, and although the climb is never in the same league as Whitney, I would recommend spending at least the previous night in the park to acclimatize if you plan to do it as a day hike. In summary, excellent views, good solitude, and moderate to strenuous work.

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    Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
    "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." Read more
    "The airy summit of Alta Peak is blessed with one of the best views possible from by maintained trail from the west side of Sequoia. A one-day ascent is viable for strong, acclimatized hikers, but lesser mortals can make a two-day summit bid from campsites at Alta or Mehrten Meadows (see Trip 40, page 160). However many days you spend, the supreme summit vista is a worthy reward." Read more

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