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Rae Lakes Loop Via Onion Valley
RSVP OPENS ON JUNE 18 10AM Miles: 50 +/-miles Days: 5 days, 4 nights (does not include travel time) Elevation Gain/loss: 11k + / 9k - Max Elevation: 11718′ Min Elevation: 9000 Type of Trip: Backpacking (Loop) Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Location: Inyo National Forest Starting Point: Onion Valley Ending: Onion Valley RSVP: You will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list. (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.) NOT FOR BEGINNERS (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.) NO PLUS (1) Limited to 6 people You must have a RECOGNIZABLE photo on your profile. $40 deposit + $10 fee ($10 Fee is non-refundable) --> read below DO NOT PAY VIA MEETUP PAYMENT SYSTEM. I will send you a link. The Rae Lakes Loop is one of the most popular hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, if not in the entire Sierra. The loop is 41.4 miles long, and climbs from 5035' (1535m) at the trailhead to 11,978' (3651m) at Glen Pass. High water at stream crossings can be a problem in May and early June. Glen Pass may be impassable to hikers until mid-late July and even later for stock. Because this is such a popular hike, there are certain restrictions along this trail: Camping in Lower Paradise Valley is permitted only in designated campsites. Camping in Paradise Valley is limited to two nights. Camping at Rae Lakes is limited to one night per lake. Camping at Charlotte Lake is limited to two nights. Bullfrog Lake, east of the trail between Vidette Meadow and Glen Pass, is closed to all camping, grazing and stock travel. There is a two night camping limit at Kearsarge Lakes (east of Bullfrog). Campfires are prohibited above 10,000' (3048m). Bears have been very active along this trail, and were successful at getting food that was hung in trees. Hikers are required to carry portable bear-resistant canisters which are available for sale or rent at several locations in the parks, or from US Forest Service offices located in Lone Pine and Bishop. This has proved very successful at preventing bears from accessing food. (The permanent metal food-storage boxes are only for use by thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail.) Bear Canister: REQUIRED Potential Hazards: potential for altitude Sickness, trail occasionally borders steep drop-offs, steep sections, slippery sections, loose rocks on trail, rock fall in steep sections, rattlesnakes, black bears, thunderstorms. Please note that this is not a guided trip, it is a meet up. I am an amateur hiker and do not have any outdoor leadership; navigation; safety; rescue; or first aid training or knowledge. You are solely responsible for your own safety and return (see waiver below). *** August[masked] is the last day you can cancel your RSVP without losing your deposit.. $10 fee is non-refundable. *** DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let's all have fun! This is an intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and...We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

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Respond by: 8/16/2018
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What we're about

We are a group of avid hikers who enjoy spending time hiking and backpacking. We will be doing some over night trips, weekend trips and a few long distance multi-day through trips. I encourage people of all levels to join. We will be planning trips for the newbie and those who have not been backpacking in a long time.

Feel free to suggest events! I'd like the group to take on a life of its own and grow as a community, and it can only do that if its members step up and make it their own.

Attendance will be monitored and tracked closely. Please don't RSVP "Yes" unless you actually plan on coming. There is nothing worse than waiting around for someone who isn't going to show up. I understand that things come up and plans change, but please try to remember to change your RSVP in a timely manner (or at least call/text/email the event host). After 3 "No Shows", we may be forced to remove you from the group. Changing your RSVP prior to the event will not count against you as a "No Show". To reiterate, "No Show" means that your RSVP was "Yes", but you did not attend the event. The group will wait at the trailhead for up to 10 minutes, but if you haven't arrived (or at least made contact) by then, the group will start hiking without you.

A "No Show" to a Multi-Day event, will be considered a particularly egregious offense. After a single Multi-Day "No Show", your Multi-Day hiking privileges will be suspended. Multi-day hikes require more detailed planning and logistics than a single day event, so a "No Show" could greatly mess up those plans.

FACE PHOTO REQUIRED. In order to join San Diego Backpackers, you must have a RECOGNIZABLE photo of your FACE on your profile. You are subject to removal from this group without that recognizable photo.

As with most Meetups, all activities are done at your own risk. These hikes are not professionally guided, and there is no guarantee that your fellow hikers will have the training to help you if you are injured. As a member of this group, you agree to release all Organizers, Hosts, and fellow Members of any and all liability. You agree to accept any and all risk associated with any event hosted by this group.
You should always pack as if you were hiking alone, so that you will be sure you have what you need. I will not condone unsafe behavior, and those putting themselves or others at risk may be asked to leave. There is also a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against harassment. Anyone who harasses another group member in any way will not be allowed to participate in future events. It is very important that everyone feels safe and comfortable at all times.

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