Franklin Lakes Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Franklin Lakes Trail

Franklin Lakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As in many areas of the park, wildlife is abundant on this trail. It is not unusual to see several of the creatures that call the region home. At the very least, marmots will be present, as they are ubiquitous here. As the trail climbs, Farewell Gap looms ever closer, and the views of its stunning scenery are breathtaking. Tree cover is sparse in this alpine terrain, though many solitary pines grow along some sections of the trail. Snow remains in the canyon until late in the summer, and mule deer routinely graze on the alpine shrubbery."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"Enclosed in a snow-dappled cirque below Mount Franklin and Tulare Peak, Lower Franklin Lake is as beautiful as nature and man could make it. Nature did an excellent job sculpting the scene, leaving sand-covered ledges on the granite slopes for scenic campsites. Man, in the form of Southern California Edison, created the large, deep lake. Upper Franklin Lake was left as nature intended, wild and beautiful."
Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Laurel Scheidt
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"This trip brings you to the beautiful lower Franklin Lake, passing mines and meadows along the way."
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Scores of hikers and backpackers travel the popular Franklin Lakes Trail to access the picturesque lakes, cradled in a dramatic cirque beneath the Great Western Divide. As with most trails in the Mineral King area, this one climbs steadily out of the valley. Rainbow-colored metamorphic rock in Farewell and Franklin Canyons provides optical delights during the stiff ascent to the lakes."

Franklin Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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nice hike with 2 stream crossing, a little earlier in the season 2nd crossing water was fast and above ankle but passable.
great views along the way.

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Trail Information

Sequoia National Park
Nearby City
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours or overnight
Late spring to late fall
7,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
Local Contacts
USGS 7 Mineral King
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