The view from the camp was the great western divide! Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Amazing trail. It was an easy day hike to reach Hamilton lakes where snow was still present in July. ), Thanks for your feedback. Hamilton Lake sits at 8,235′. A clearly marked trail but the rocks made my decision to wear trail runners questionable. I would not have done this trail any earlier in the season than I did because the conditions were barely passable. It looks like a scene from Jurassic Park. March 2, 2019; Distance hiked: 8 very long miles. I did a section of this trail as part of a 40 mile backpacking loop. Met a bear on the trail and had a stare down until we threw rocks toward him (not at him). Enjoy. Shoes to cross the creeks. Hoping someone can answer a question for me., I am doing the High Sierra Trail but starting at Wolverton/Alta Trail and linking up with the HST on day 2. This is one of the hidden gems of the High Sierra Trail. This whole section of trail involves stepping up or down and seldom provides level ground. 2) Next day, stay on the trail 1.6 miles. Hamilton Lake is a great place to pitch a tent for the night, or if you’re continuing further that day, it’s … I made my way back to Bear Creek for the 2nd night of camping and finished early afternoon back at Crescent Meadows. October 20, 2019. An Inner Journey. Didn't need to carry more than 1 liter at a time though, due to having water filter. It’s some amazing memories. Amazing trail. Be prepare to make a lot of noise and they’ll quickly be on their way. This is life now.” The third day on the High Sierra Trail was easily the most memorable day and the highlight of the entire trail for me, both for good and bad. High Sierra Trail Day 3: Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo. Loved this hike. By Mail: The trip to Hamilton Lakes is part of the High Sierra Trail. Day 2 I hiked Elizabeth pass was still covered in snow and I'm glad I have crampons to get up there. March 2, 2019. Day 2 I hiked Elizabeth pass was still covered in snow and I'm glad I have crampons to get up there. Hiking boots would be my recommendation for the last half of this trail. Completed this last week as a leisurely 4 day/3 night trip with the addition of a day hike up to Precipice lake (highly recommend). Second one is 8 mile creek (there are logs to cross). A long hike to Hamilton Lakes on the High Sierra Trail. Making lots of noise and making ourselves big, did not move him. It was during September & weather was nice thankfully. Whitney.From the grandeur of Hamilton Lakes Basin and Precipice Lake, to the awe inspiring Big Arroyo and Kern River Valley, the High Sierra Trail is some of the best that Sequoia National Park has to offer. One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. The vegetation is thicker and the views just keep getting. Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700 Musing. About 1000’ above Lake Hamilton, there is a 10’ section of the High Sierra trail that fell away. I know about Panther Gap but looking for the next one after that. I did this hike in early July 2017, it is by far one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on. Trail Summary. The trail crosses the creek flowing out of Hamilton Lake and starts switchbacking back and forth up the side of the cliff heading towards the north side of the lake. Tree cover is on and off. One of the best backpacking trips that I have ever done in California! It was a particularly wet rainy season, so the river crossings were very dangerous. I did a section of this trail as part of a 40 mile backpacking loop. On our way back, just one day later, the trail was much easier to pass. The wildflowers, butterflies and spectacular views :). You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. You don't want to surprise a bear if you are close to them. Hamilton Lakes were consistently mentioned as a highlight for backpackers who have hiked the High Sierra Trail, and I can see why it is a favorite. 3) Cross the wooden bridge over Lone Pine Creek and veer east to … Probably the hardest of them all. We were surrounded 360 degrees by snowcapped mountains. Bears were out and about. The trail was well maintained and there were frequent opportunities to filter water from running streams. Day One on the High Sierra Trail we hiked 11.5 miles east-bound, from Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw. We were going to camp one night at Bear Paw HS Camp but decided to keep going to Buck Creek because there was no place to "cool off" at Bear Paw. Sequoia National Park Upper Hamilton Lake, High Sierra Trail. When you arrive at Crescent Meadow, park and start on the High Sierra Trail. I choose the log because I thought it was safer. Enjoy the trail! We camped at Hamilton lake. After the Great Western Divide, the next 16 miles of the High Sierra Trail descends into Big Arroyo Junction (another popular campsite), followed by a shallow climb up to the Chagoopa Plateau. Once arriving at the top of the plateau, the trail then sharply descends into Kern Canyon. Also, I did this back and forth in a day hike, about 36 miles. Camping is available too just below the lake. I did this hike in early July 2017, it is by far one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on. I would have gone to precipice lake if I had brought crampons with me but the trail became unwalkable right at Hamilton Lake. You really have to experience it to understand just how awesome it is. It was a great lunch stop between 9-mile and Hamilton Lake. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. 200% hike this trail. High Sierra Trail (Day 3 - Hamilton Lakes to Arroyo Junction) - Duration: 22:26. Great trail. This trail traverses the high country of the Southern Sierra protected by Sequoia National Park. A permit will be needed and can be picked up at Lodgepole. It is and has been passed, just a bit more risk than I was willing to take. There is no snow up to Hamilton lakes. High Sierra Trail Day 3: Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo. We knew that this was going to be a hard day. The trail slowly climbs about 1000 feet in 11 miles to Bearpaw Meadow. For additional questions please email support@alltrails.com. And we'll be climbing 3 miles and 2,000 feet for it. Also, I did this back and forth in a day hike, about 36 miles. July 11, 2018. I would definitely do this trip again. Would do again for the views. Tree cover is on and off. Would recommend precipice lake for a quick day hike too! We went pass Hamilton lake to precipice lake and beyond to the great divide. precipice Lake is at 10,300′. There are mosquitos in the evening, but not bad during the day. I have never seen a more beautiful part of the world and will be absolutely be coming back when I can. Completed this hike in 2.5 days, but could easily be done in 2 full days comfortably. We were surrounded 360 degrees by snowcapped mountains. I would recommend a 2 night stay in the high altitude before starting this hike. The lake that started me planning this trip shenanigan that we embarked on. Hamilton Lake is at the center of the canyon and, in the distance, waterfalls feed into the lake. I guess I pitched my tent near his hangout. Whitney. United States › California › Sequoia National Park › Hamilton Lakes via High Sierra Trail. I choose the log because I thought it was safer. We camped at Hamilton lake. You really have to experience it to understand just how awesome it is. High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes - California | AllTrails We could not get a reservation for a 2nd night so we hiked back the very next day. Wilderness Trails. Drive up HWY 198 to Giants Forest. Day 1: Distance: 16 Miles Valhalla is amazing. High Sierra Trail: Day 3 – Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo Junction. The sun shines today! The first mile of the hike takes you on the edge of a sequoia grove. Hiking Hamilton Lake from Crescent Meadows was beautiful EXCEPT for trusting Alltrails app!!!!! Luckily, we are all young and agile, so we were able to climb the giant blocks of ice, but it wasn't easy. The first half or less is essentially down hill, the second half or more is all uphill on blasted granite and hardpack. Expected 28 .6 miles according to the app, went 30 miles n still fell short of the Lake was so disappointing. The trail was 11.5 miles one-way with the last 1.5 miles uphill. There Hamilton Lakes Basin along the High Sierra Trail is super beautiful! Once past Bearpaw Meadow the views rival (and even surpass in my opinion) those of Yosemite. A pit toilet is located at Hamilton Lake to keep human wasted concentrated to one area. Whitney.From the grandeur of Hamilton Lakes Basin and Precipice Lake, to the awe inspiring Big Arroyo and Kern River Valley, the High Sierra Trail is some of the best that Sequoia National Park has to offer. Did this as a day hike. We also did an afternoon hike up to Upper Precipice Lake, an absolutely stunning hike with views and one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I've ever seen. Distance: 8 miles point to point. Def worth staying out at Hamilton overnight if you can. Upper Hamilton Lake sits nested in an enormous rocky bowl surrounded by sheer cliffs and several prominent mountain peaks. Right off the ledge. For 24-hour recorded information. Never been on anything like it. Location: Southern Sierra NevadaDistance: 73 milesDays required: 6–9Route type: Point-to-pointType of route: On maintained trailVertical ascent: 19,094 feetMax altitude: 14,505 feetDifficulty: StrenuousWhen to go: July through SeptemberPermits: RequiredFees: $10 per permit + $5 per personDogs: No***UPDATE for 2019***As of 2019 there is a section of trail that is blown out just past Hamilton Lake. Expected 28 .6 miles according to the app, went 30 miles n still fell short of the Lake was so disappointing. It descends into Big Arroyo, then climbs up to the Chagoopa … Plenty of water along the entire trail. July 11, … Simply the most beautiful hike I've ever done. We had a late start at about 6 pm and we made it to 9-mile camp just as it was getting dark We woke up, and the views were amazing. Another option is to start this trail in Wolverton (Alta trailhead) and meet up with the HST via the Wolverton Cutoff trail - which takes you through groves of giant sequoias! We also had deer wander into the camp and acted like they were there to visit with us. This hike is full of breath taking views the entire way through. The creek crossings are pretty dangerous and super cold - there are 5 main crossings on this trail. Did a 2 night backpacking trip this weekend. 5D/5N Salkatay Trek Day 2: Wayracmachay to Loreta. Fourth is bucks creek - bridge. Great camp with bear bins. We made camp and returned back. There are two options to cross this creek a) go straight across (very exposed) b) go upstream 50 feet and cross a log. High Sierra Trail: Day 3 – Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo Junction. High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes is a 52.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Take a right towards Crescent Meadow / Morro Rock. So if you’re planning to do this trail take your time and don’t rush. It's got fantastic views and a nice little kitchen and foodstand to complement the comfort of a bed. There is perhaps no better way to laterally cross the immense Sierra Nevada mountain range on foot. From Crescent Meadow, there is a campground around 8-9 mile marker, and from there about an 8 mile round-trip up to the creek waterfall/overlook, where you can decide to summit up to Hamilton Lakes or not. If you are returning to Bear Paw meadow, start early so you can enjoy the lake. 1) Take the High Sierra Trail 10.6 miles east, threading together lodgepole pine forest, alpine meadows, and big views of the Great Western Divide high above the Middle Fork Kaweah River gorge, to Bearpaw Meadow High Sierra Camp. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. One of the best backpacking trips that I have ever done in California! It had been under snow for most of the summer and there had been trail damage due to a heavy winter, but as soon as the trails were clear, I got a 3-day backpacking trip on the books. I highly recommend Bearpaw Meadow! Most people I met along the way including myself packed in heaps of food. Here is the trip report: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/sequoia-mineral-king/, June 25th - June 27th 2017 Second one is 8 mile creek (there are logs to cross). Making lots of noise and making ourselves big, did not move him. The view from the camp was the great western divide! This trail has been reviewed and updated to reflect the comments in this review. And it's Precipice Lake Day! It is a very strenuous hike. On our way back, just one day later, the trail was much easier to pass. The sun can get strong against the white granite walls, but the reward of some shade under the canopy of the trees is beautiful. Hamilton Lake is a popular destination for hikers of the High Sierra Trail and those planning trips into Nine Lakes Basin. I would have gone to precipice lake if I had brought crampons with me but the trail became unwalkable right at Hamilton Lake. Views were indescribable. High Sierra Trail Part 2 - Buck Creek Crossing to Big Hamilton Lake Day 2 Buck Creek Crossing to Big Hamilton Lake - 6 miles; 980 ft elevation gain. Breathtaking and really a taste of what the Sequioa's have to offer, would love to return again! It was during September & weather was nice thankfully. From Hamilton Lake, there is no way to go but up. 559-565-3341 The first 11 miles are relatively easy as elevation gain is slow. After running up the bottom of the Kern Canyon, it turns east, climbing parallel to Wallace Creek up to the junction with the John Muir Trail, 49 miles (79 km) from the starting point. The wildflowers, butterflies and spectacular views :). First one is Mehrten creek. The elevation gain/loss is +15,531/-13,866 feet according to Paul Richins, Jr., author of Mount Whitney (2ndEd., The Mountaineers Books). Hamilton Lake The famous “cave” leading toward Precipice Lake Bearpaw High Sierra Camp. The creek crossings are pretty dangerous and super cold - there are 5 main crossings on this trail. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. It was amazing. Fourth is bucks creek - bridge. I would recommend a 2 night stay in the high altitude before starting this hike. California, Destinations and Trails, Eastern Sierra Mountains, High Sierra Trail, Hiking 14er's, Sequoia National Park, Thru-Hiking. The solitude up there is absolutely spectacular and the views of the Kaweahs on the way are breath taking. The route to get there follows the High Sierra Trail, though it is not a popular overnight destination for thru-hikers due to the big push from Bearpaw Meadow to reach its rocky shores. We had to cross an ice bridge as well. We had to cross an ice bridge as well. Once arriving at the top of the plateau, the trail then sharply descends into Kern Canyon. The lake that started me planning this trip shenanigan that we embarked on. At this time of year there were a few rivers that were tough to get across but are doable if you are in good physical condition (be okay with getting wet and jumping). June 8, 2020. An Inspired Life. I greatly enjoyed it. Made an initial effort with a group of boys to make Hamilton Lakes in 2015, got hit with hail storm and rain 9 miles in. California, Destinations and Trails, Eastern Sierra Mountains, High Sierra Trail, Hiking 14er's, Sequoia National Park, Thru-Hiking. Staring up at the face of Valhalla was something special. The trail was well maintained and there were frequent opportunities to filter water from running streams. An Inspired Life. It was an easy day hike to reach Hamilton lakes where snow was still present in July. It was amazing. The Kaweah River bridge (30 minute hike from Bear Paw meadow) is a nice stopping point and if memory serves, it is the point where the trail becomes completely uphill until Hamilton Lakes. It is and has been passed, just a bit more risk than I was willing to take. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Right off the ledge. I'm looking to return again next year and I rarely will do a hike more than once. Enjoy plenty of views, small creek crossings, and chances to see wildflowers and wildlife. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. We had a late start at about 6 pm and we made it to 9-mile camp just as it was getting dark We woke up, and the views were amazing. Luckily, we are all young and agile, so we were able to climb the giant blocks of ice, but it wasn't easy. Also, there is a high alpine toilet with no walls around it so your views are great even while using the toilet. HAMILTON LAKE TO BIG ARROYO JUNCTION. 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