White Chief Bowl

Three Rivers, California 93271

White Chief Bowl

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trek to a magnificent alpine bowl passes the ruins of a cabin, an expansive meadow, mineshafts, and marble caverns."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"White Chief Trail climbs steeply at times into a horseshoe-shaped canyon with towering walls holding a pair of lovely meadows, historic mining ruins, and caves. Along the way are great views and delightful wildflower gardens. The naturally occurring caves and old mine shafts (some privately owned) are potentially dangerous—check with the park rangers about current conditions." Read more

White Chief Bowl Reviews

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This place is gorgeous! I’ve day hiked it, and also camped there. The climb is steep, but worth it when you get to the meadow, then the old silver mines- that never actually had any silver, just gorgeous white marble. The winds can pick up when you’re really up in the bowl area; white chief lake is amazing, if you can crag hop and find it. Use caution always.
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Beautiful scenery, plenty of fresh water, & fantastic caves galore to explore! A wonderful day hike or an overnighter if you get too caught up in the exquisite scenery & nature! Saw countless velvety bucks, bears, & marmots; so bring rope & bear containers!

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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
2,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 to 5 hours
Best July through September
7,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,000 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mineral King; Sequoia National Park Mineral King; USFS John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018