One Fast Last Fling in Mineral King - Rainbow Mtn and more

This day hike is classified VERY STRENUOUS!  Please place yourself on the waiting list for approval. It would be helpful if you posted a comment telling us the last hike you did at altitude (10,000 feet or above), and the hardest hike you've done this summer.

From the Eagle/White Chief parking lot, we'll head up the Franklin/Farewell trail towards Franklin Pass. It's about 7 miles south and 4000 feet up (elev 11,700).  From Franklin Pass we'll traverse the ridgeline to the top of Rainbow Mountain (12,043). 

(Photo by Bob Burd). 

If we have plenty of time left, we'll also summit Florence Peak (12,432) before heading back down the trail.

Get your Mineral King fun in while you can --  the Mineral King Road gates will be locked on Monday, October 28.

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

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  • Jill W.

    Just what the doctor ordered.

    September 26, 2013

  • Alice

    Jan, please see the email I just sent out (if Meetup ever sends it). Bako hikers will leave from Flying J Merced Ave, not Ducor! The meeting time is 5 am, not 5:30, because Flying J is closer to Bakersfield.

    September 19, 2013

    • Jan G.

      Oh...I didn't know we had a Merced Ave. in Bako!...Ummm...where is it?

      September 19, 2013

    • Jan G.

      Alice...I can't find your [masked]

      September 22, 2013

  • Jan G.

    Loved it! And just a great group too!
    Thanks for letting me come!

    September 22, 2013

  • Alice

    It was a super wonderful day!!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Alice

    Leslie, maybe look in your spam folder for the email? Scott and Jill got the email no problem. Did you get the test email I sent you this morning?

    September 20, 2013

  • Alice

    Hmm, did anyone else get my email? I told Meetup to send it to everyone signed up for this hike. Anyway, Leslie, if we leave Village Market at 6:35 I think we'll be at the Eagle trailhead in the 7:50-8:10 range. Please be on time, everyone! No time to waste on this hike!

    September 20, 2013

  • Jill W.

    This is to Alice. , scott, Jan and I are meeting at my house, taking 65 and stopping for Starbucks. We can fit 4 if you would like to meet in Ducor.

    September 20, 2013

  • Leslie H

    When do you plan on arriving at the trailhead?

    September 19, 2013

    • Alice

      Look at the email I sent.

      September 19, 2013

    • Leslie H

      I never got an email

      September 20, 2013

  • Jill W.

    More words about the Merced Exit. The 99 is tore up, so you want to make sure you stay in the right hand lane as you leave Bakersfield so you don't get herded into the left lane by partitios that may or may not b up on any given day.

    September 19, 2013

    • Jan G.

      Particios? Are those like Hispanic party-hogs? Or meth addicts?...if they're up any time of day I mean...

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Alice

    Merced Ave is one exit north of Lerdo Hwy

    September 19, 2013

  • Alice

    Jan, if you click on the words "Flying J Travel Plaza Inc" in the section above ( the meeting place section in the event write up)
    you will get a Google map showing the location. Merced Ave is north of Bakersfield. You will need to go north on Hwy 99 until you get to the Merced Ave exit. The Flying J will be on the east side of Hwy 99. The map should show you! Let me or Jill know if you have more questions, cause we don't want you to miss Mineral King!!

    September 19, 2013

  • Jan G.

    So...let me get this striaight....Bakersfield carpoolers are meeting in Ducor?????

    September 19, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Projected high of 52.

    September 18, 2013

  • Leslie H

    I am most certainly camping there, hopefully it shouldn't be a problem finding a spot Friday night? And I'm going to fit in another day hike on Sunday before I head home.

    September 17, 2013

    • Jill W.

      It's late enough in the season that I really don't expect finding a spot to be a problem.

      September 18, 2013

  • Alice

    Whoever is in the back seat coming from Flying J can change to my front seat for the drive up the MK Road.

    September 18, 2013

  • Paul

    I haven't done anything lately over 10,000', probably wait until next summer.

    September 17, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Sounds good. Bakersfield carpoolers can meet at the flying J at the Merced exit. We'LL meet Alice at 3 rivers. I'm planning on making this a day trip. Is anyone planning on overnight it?

    September 17, 2013

  • Jan G.

    Pear Lake, the Subway, the Seven Teacups (ropes involved), Telescope Pk, Aquarius Plateau. Have not been to MK and feel deprived. Do I need a 4 WD?

    September 16, 2013

    • Alice

      The road is mostly paved and fine for normal cars - just a couple of places where I go a little slower.

      September 17, 2013

    • Jill W.

      Jan....spoiled.

      1 · September 17, 2013

  • Alice

    Jill, maybe let's re-think the meeting spot. I'd be happy to drive up 99 instead of joining the Farmworker Parade to 65. Maybe we should just meet at Village Market in Three Rivers???

    September 17, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Ok, Leslie. I'll bring Arrested Development.

    September 16, 2013

  • Leslie H

    I am SO in. I was looking for a trip to do this weekend :)

    September 16, 2013

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