Jennie Lakes Loop

Wilsonia, California 93633

Jennie Lakes Loop

Jennie Lakes Loop Professional Guide

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"Pleasant lakes with craggy backdrops, rushing streams, grassy meadows, and shady forests lure backpackers away from the more glamorous national parks and into lightly used Jennie Lakes Wilderness. The 13-mile Jennie Lakes Loop is perhaps the ultimate way to experience the 10,500-acre wilderness, well suited for a weekend journey, although extra days could easily be spent languishing along the shores of either Jennie or Weaver Lakes. Throw in some good views from various points along the loop and you have the makings for a wonderful backpacking adventure."

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Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett
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"A peaceful alternative to the popular backcountry in adjacent Kings Canyon National Park, this stroll through Jennie Lakes Wilderness leads backpackers along rushing streams, through shady forests, and across flower-filled meadows to a pair of pleasant lakes with craggy backdrops."

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We hiked this Nov 16-18 2007. Best backpacking experience I've had in the US. There was snow on the ground in some parts but the weather was perfect (sunny with zero precipitation). Amazingly we didn't encounter a single other person throughout the entire 3 day trip. Hiking clockwise was a good decision as Jennie Lake is nicer than Weaver lake and therefore better to experience on the second night. The only thing this hike lacks is spectacular views from cliff tops... we therefore added our own (see below).

The trail is well sign posted and is sufficiently worn that one can follow it without needing to look for the notched trees (trail markers). Of course during and after the snow season these notched trees will become invaluable for navigation.

Water is plentiful, but bring a filter or tabs. We saw fish in Jennie Lake but not Weaver (which fits in with what we read on someone else's post).

One thing we did which wasn't on the suggested hike was climb up to the ridge bordering Kings Canyon. We simply headed due east from the JO pass turnoff and hiked for about half a mile to the summit. Please don't attempt this or any other hikes that leave the main trail unless you have (at minimum) a compass and are 100% confident in your ability to navigate your way back to the trail. The view from the ridge is breathtaking - the highlight of the trip: we could see for miles into Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Jennie Lakes. There were also some nice boulders there (so pack your shoes and chalk if you're a climber!).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,135 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–4 days
Mid-June to early October
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Muir Grove and Mt. Silliman
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