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Kings Canyon National Park Trails

John Muir Trail Section 5: Onion Valley to Whitney Portal

Tag Mount Whitney, the Lower 48's highest peak, during this 42-mile trek into Sequoia National Park where there's more acreage of wilderness than you'll know what to do with.

John Muir Trail Section 4: Edison Lake to Onion Valley

In this 86-mile section, hike through Kings Canyon National Park into a series of JMT favorites.

Kings Canyon National Park: Bullfrog Lake Overlook via Kearsarge Pass

Trek along a series of High Sierra lakes nestled in sculpted granite basins below towering alpine peaks on this 11.6-mile out-and-back.

Live from the Sierra High Route

Welcome to the map portion of Steve Howe’s solo thru-hike of the Sierra High Route. Steve is BACKPACKER’s Rocky Mountain editor, and he started this 37-day, 280-mile route on Saturday, August 26, 2006. He’s podcasting once a day from his evening camp, and we’ll be updating this map daily with a new waypoint showing where he’s pitching his tent.

Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 20

KENNEDY MEADOWS to TUOLUMNE MEADOWS: The highlight reel of this 209-mile section includes three national parks, several high passes with heavenly views, two stunning wilderness areas, and not a single road. Option: Detour up Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Month – High Sierra, CA

Every hiker’s life list should include the 270 miles between Mt. Whitney and Sonora Pass. It may take a month, but it’s a trivial sacrifice to make for the most unrelenting wilderness eye-candy you’ll ever feast on.

Sierras, CA: Sierra High Route

On this burly, 200-plus-mile traverse, which
crosses 33 passes and barely touches
established trails, you can find Alaska-size
scenery, complete solitude, and just
enough risk to keep things interesting.

Kings Canyon National Park: Sierra Palisades

This 34-mile, four-day loop straddles Muir’s namesake wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Evolution Valley Loop

Hike cross-country through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.

California Kings Canyon National Park Yosemite National Park

Live from the Sierra High Route

Welcome to the map portion of Steve Howe’s solo thru-hike of the Sierra High Route. Steve is BACKPACKER’s Rocky Mountain editor, and he started this 37-day, 280-mile route on Saturday, August 26, 2006. He’s podcasting once a day from his evening camp, and we’ll be updating this map daily with a new waypoint showing where he’s pitching his tent.

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