Kings Canyon National Park gives casual hikers a taste of life among the sequoias without asking for too much in return. This California park has a wide range of loop trails leading to its famous groves. When it comes to camping in Kings Canyon National Park, the Redwood Canyon campsite is an absolute must. Some hikers pass through the park as a part of their Pacific Crest Trail or John Muir Trail thru-hikes, while others travel up from Sequoia National Park, directly to the south.
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.
In this 86-mile section, hike through Kings Canyon National Park into a series of JMT favorites.
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.
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.
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.
Hike cross-country through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
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Hike cross-country to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
Hike in the spray of waterfalls deep in the heart of black bear country.
Explore a granite wonderland, cross two little-used passes, and score High Sierra solitude on this point-to-point hike.
Trek 211 miles through hiker heaven.
Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.
Did High Sierra ranger Randy Morgenson succumb to depression or disaster?