Hockett Meadows and Little Kern River Backpacking

Three Rivers, California

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This adventure takes you to the land of the Hockett plateau, where wildflowers thrive in nature’s gardens, deer herds congregate in tall grass meadows, and lakes repose in glaciated bowls. The route then loops around to the rushing Little Kern River, whose headwater freshets plunge down flaming rock walls. The numerous side trips offered expand and extend your adventures.

Hockett Meadows & Little Kern River (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"This adventure takes you to the land of the Hockett plateau, where wildflowers thrive in nature’s gardens, deer herds congregate in tall grass meadows, and lakes repose in glaciated bowls. The route then loops around to the rushing Little Kern River, whose headwater freshets plunge down flaming rock walls. The numerous side trips offered expand and extend your adventures."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 31.8
Elevation Gain: 4,950 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-7 days
Season: Best late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Mineral King, Silver City, Moses Mtn., Quinn Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Hockett Meadows & Little Kern River (Backpacking)

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May 2018