Jennie Lake Trail

Wilsonia, California 93633

Jennie Lake Trail

Jennie Lake Trail Professional Guide

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"Just outside the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks boundaries and free from all the associated rules and regulations, little Jennie Lake is a popular destination. Day hikers will find pleasant picnicking on lake shores; backpackers can use one of four well-trampled tent sites."

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Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Laurel Scheidt
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"This trip takes you past a couple of attractive meadows, offers superb views, and ends at the exquisite namesake of the Jennie Lakes Wilderness."

Jennie Lake Trail Trip Reports

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My son and I hiked up to Weaver Lake starting at 3:30 in the afternoon and were there in 1 hour, 45 minutes at a moderate pace. Weaver Lake was so pretty that we stayed there the next day rather than going on to Jennie Lake. We were lucky there was only one other group camping there both nights, but on the way down there were two groups of 12 or 13 backpackers from what looked like a fat camp, as well as 8 or 10 day hikers. It's a great spot with lots of nice campsites, but it might be a bit crowded. Mosquitos were there, but not too bad, even though we forgot repellent. We hung our food, but there was no sign of bears. The lake was great for swimming.
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The hike to Jennie Lake is beautiful. You walk past meadows and amazing overlooks as you head your way up to poop out pass. At many point the hike seemed never ending however, once you get to the lake it is absolutely beautiful. During the summer you should begin your hike as early as possible to get a nice spot alog the lake to camp, because it does become slightly crowded. The only other thing you should be aware of, is that from the trail, the side trail to the lake was not well marked. Enjoy this hike.
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Short in miles but a steep trail to a beautiful high Sierra lake. No bears or mosquitos and very few hikers at the lake the week after Labor Day. Great camp sites around 60 % of the lake. Bushwhack East of JO pass to a ridge on the North side of Kettle Peak (an easy day hike)for a great view of the Western Divide. An alternate trailhead for Jennie Lake is Fox Meadow which saves a mile or so of up.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,774 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Mid-June through mid-October
7,396 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,170 feet
Top Elevation
Jennie Lakes Wilderness
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (South Section)
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