Slate Mountain Hike and 100 Giants Short Stroll

This is a repeat of hike done in July 2012. You can see the photos from the previous hike here.

Other hikers can meet 9:15am at Brewar's Ponderosa Lodge and then continue drive north a little way and turn left onto 21-S78 towards Quaker Meadow Camp and park near the trail.

Slate Mountain is the highest point in the Ponderosa area at about 9300 feet. The moderate to strenuous hike will be along a portion of the Summit Trail. The total distance is 10.5 miles round trip and the elevation gain is 2245 feet on a forested trail. For those of you with less experience, that means a lot of uphill!

There will be an optional visit to the 100 Giants directly adjacent to our return trip home on the Western Divide Hwy.  There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

 

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  • Sam W.

    Great Hike Glenn.....wonderful people and great views towards the High Sierra beyond....thanks for organizing this!

    August 17, 2014

  • Kathleen

    THanks, Glenn; It was so nice to see everyone and get some good hiking in.

    August 17, 2014

  • Alice

    Such a good group of fast hikers! A very nice day.

    August 17, 2014

  • Tom A.

    Good seeing you all again. I hope to do another hike with SSHC again soon.

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Leah

    Thanks, Glenn, for a great hike and great day!

    August 16, 2014

  • Douglas S.

    Very nice hike and a chill and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to all.

    August 16, 2014

  • Douglas S.

    Very nice hike and a chill and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to all.

    August 16, 2014

  • Tom A.

    Right now I'm zooming on 99 to 190

    August 16, 2014

  • Tom A.

    I didn't notice where you are starting from . I thought you were leaving from Bakersfield at 8

    August 16, 2014

  • Tom A.

    If I don't get there on time tell me which trailhead you guys are starting from

    August 16, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Scott and I will need you at the lodge.

    August 16, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    I have included a topo map of our hike.

    August 15, 2014

  • Tom A.

    Most likely at the Ponderosa Lodge

    August 15, 2014

  • Tom A.

    I'll meet you guys up there

    August 15, 2014

  • Alice

    I might park at Quaking Aspen campground and walk over to the trailhead

    August 14, 2014

  • Alice

    I will meet you at the trailhead or the lodge, depending on what time I get up there.

    August 14, 2014

  • Sam W.

    Hi Glenn....Jill and I are planning on just meeting you up at the lodge!

    August 13, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    For those of you who are new, the Riverkern General Store is about 3 miles north up the river from the Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville.

    August 12, 2014

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