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Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP - Twin Lakes Trail to Ranger Lake

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Distance: 11.6 miles


Starting from Lodgepole Visitors Center in Sequoia NP, the Twin Lakes trail is a 13-mile out-and-back moderate-to-strenuous backpacking route that rises from 6,700 feet at Lodgepole to 10,470 feet at Silliman Pass, before descending to several exquisite alpine lakes in Kings Canyon NP.
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Popular trail during the summer, but empty and self-registration after September and October from Lodgepole Visitors Center. Amazing lake-side camping at Twin Lakes, and Ranger, Seville Lakes on the other side of Silliman pass. Nighttime temps drop to mid-20's F in October, but snow is not normally present. Sunny days make for long-sleeve hiking, with shorts okay around noontime. Park in large parking lot near Lodgepole campsites. Many provisions (but not small isobutane canisters) can be purchased at Lodgepole General Store (8am-4:30pm). Nearest outdoors store: Sports Chalet is located in Visalia, CA. First approved wilderness campsite is Cahoon Meadow (no water), 2.6 miles from the trailhead. Clover Creek (water) is 4 miles in. No ground fires at Cahoon Meadow, or Twin Lakes - but allowed at Clover Creek and Ranger Lake. Black bears are common along the trail, and bear canisters are recommended. Bear boxes are available at Clover Creek, Twin Lakes, and Ranger Lake. There is a pit toliet located at Twin Lakes. Note: It takes one hour to drive the winding 20-mile approach road to Lodgepole after entering the park just past Three Rivers, CA.  Twin Lakes Trail can be done as a loop using JO Pass Trail connector through Seville Lake and Jennie Lakes Wilderness to the North: total distance of 30-40 miles.

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