Rae Lakes Loop - Kings Canyon National Park

  • July 2, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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The Rae Lakes Loop is a classic High Sierra trek and offers stunning granite peaks, alpine meadows, pounding waterfalls, raging creeks, and breath-taking mountain lakes to see and explore.  This hike deserves its reputation as one of the premier hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, if not in the entire Sierra.  I've long thought Rae Lakes is one of the most beautiful places on earth!

On Wednesday, we'll enter Kings Canyon National Park from the east on the Kearsarge Pass trail.  Over the next 5 days, we'll hike 60 miles and climb over 10,000' - including going over three 12,000' passes.  We'll come out on Sunday and get back late Sunday night.

We'll go light and fast with some big mile days so this trip is limited to experienced and very fit backpackers.  Expect some very real challenges like steep precarious snow fields, dangerous creek crossing, high altitude, sudden storms, hungry bears, and swarms of mosquitos.  If you can join us, please jump on the wait list.  First dibs will go to active Club members.


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  • Gary & T.

    Great hike Lucky (even if you did try to kill us the first day by taking us over two 12,000' passes) can't wait to go again!! Thanks Dan for the fresh baked trout. Stephanie & John - anytime I'm in bear country, you're welcome along to protect me from the bears. Bonnie & Ni, thanks for keeping me company on the hike. Robert - can't wait to go hiking in Hawaii with you.

    Will get the bear pictures loaded soon.

    July 11, 2013

  • John James Orlando J.

    Truly awesome trip. Thank you.

    July 10, 2013

  • bonnie

    Unbelievable week in the Sierras. Thanks to all for making another perfect BCH outing!

    July 8, 2013

  • Dan G.

    This was by far one of my favorite trips ever! Absolutely beautiful. Great weather, challenging backpacking, abundant wildlife, wonderful people.

    July 8, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Great group, great weather, and a truly magical area.

    July 8, 2013

  • Ni

    It was beautiful and challenging! We had a great group of people!

    July 8, 2013

  • Dave B

    Perfect long weekend of hiking in the Sierra. It was awesome to hike with such strong and experienced folks.

    July 8, 2013

  • bonnie

    Dave/Rob/Dan, As discussed on Saturday, I will be riding over with Gary Tuesday morning. I will still need to ride back with you guys though on Sunday afternoon. Just dotting my i's and crossing my t's. Are we there yet?

    July 1, 2013

  • Dave B

    This training weekend will really help you get over Kearsarge Pass (12,000') on the first day with a full pack. Grab a spot while there's still room!

    April 20, 2013

  • Butch F.

    I'll do it next year after some trips under my belt. Looks awesome!

    April 17, 2013

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