South Lake

Three Rivers, California 93271

South Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This spectacular trans-Sierra trek is little used between Granite Lake and the JMT. The Middle Fork Kings River runs entirely through wilderness, and backpackers will follow this watercourse upstream through its mighty canyon for much of the route. Beyond the Middle Fork, the trail crosses the Sierra Crest near the north end of the Palisades, a world-renowned group of some of the most rugged alpine peaks in the entire range."

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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
6,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 days
Best early July to early October
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,500 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Sphinx, Slide Bluffs, Marion Peak, North Palisade, Mt. Thompson
Local Maps

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