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August Bus Trip to Sequoia / Kings Canyon

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Dates: August 23-27, 2017

Summary: Our August bus trip this year visits the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park areas.

Called by John Muir a "rival to Yosemite," this area is famous for forests of fir, pine, and cedar, soaring mountains, deep canyons, distinctive rock formations and beautiful alpine lakes. With this year's rain, the wild flowers should be abundant.

 

 

Trip #0, Sunset Campground Dayhikes
Ldr: PJ Jeffery This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asst: Jody Stell
Group size: 12
Optional day hikes ranging from 4 - 12 miles.
Sunset Campground, located in a mixed evergreen forest of sugar pines, incense cedar, fir, and sequoia trees, provides a number of activities including hiking, photography (Wildlife is abundant and includes black bear, mule deer, gray squirrel, golden-mantled ground squirrel, and a variety of resident birds) or just hanging out in camp. There are several planned hikes including Sunset Trail with the General Grant Tree and beautiful Ella Falls, a 50 foot waterfall (6 - 8 miles), North Boundary/Park Ridge Trail to Panoramic Point and the Park Ridge Fire Lookout for breathtaking views of the high Sierras.(10 -12 miles), and Pear Lake (12 miles). Other options include: Tokopah Falls (4 miles), and North Grove and Dead Giant Loop (2.5 miles)

 

Trip #1, Jennie Lake
Ldr: Mike Fry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asst: Cheryl Knapp
Trip Rating: M6C
Group size: 10
# of backpack days: 3 (1 layover day at Jennie Lake)
# of backpack miles: 15 total
Longest optional dayhike miles: 5
Description:  Backpack from Big Meadow to Jenny Lake (6mi), 2 nights there with day hikes to Shell Mtn and Kettle Peak.  Backpack south to meet bus at Lodgepole campground.  Camp one night along trail at Coon Gap.

 

Trip #3  Alta Meadow/ Tablelands Loop
Ldr:  Rachel Rench  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Asst: Kimber Wukitsch

Trip Rating :  H6D
Group size: 12

# of backpack days:  4
# of backpack miles:  18
Estimated longest dayhike mileage: 6

Description:  We will be doing some cross country traveling on this trip.   The trip covers the area from Wolverton TH to Alta Meadows, Moose Lake, Tablelands, then back out to the Wolverton TH via Pear Lake.   Participants on this trip must be able to do some boulder scrambling with backpacks on and break camp each morning to hike to a new campsite.

 

Trip #4 Belle Canyon Lake Bagging Odyssey
Ldr: John Plander This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Asst: Edwin Pulido

Trip Rating: H11D
Group size: 15
# of backpack days: 4
# of backpack miles: 30
No day hikes planned

Description:  Ascending a moderate 1200' over 5 miles on Day 1 to Weaver Lake will ensure time to swim or lounge around to better adjust to the altitude.  Day 2 we head into Belle Canyon to enjoy immense vistas and find Lost Lake, our second camp.  This will be a hard but rewarding day: 11 miles with 2000' elevation gain.  Day 3, in the shadow of Twin Peaks, we visit  numerous lakes before climbing over Silliman Pass and down to Twin Lakes to camp.  At first light, we begin a short but sweet descent, 3000' over 7 miles, to Lodgepole.  Expect a moderately quick pace.   There will be some optional off trail segments on short days hikes for those wanting to visit more of the nearby numerous lakes.   Excellent fitness and a light pack ensure maximum enjoyment.

 

Cost: $225  (Please read our Reservation and Refund Policy)

Registration opens:  June 24, 2017 6:00am
Pre-trip meeting: August 8th, 2017 6:30pm

Departure date: August 23rd, 2017 1:00pm

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Our Sierra Club bus trips are planned to avoid the possibility of a financial loss and may earn a surplus after expenses.  Participants are entitled to their share of the surplus if the surplus is $25/person or 10% of the per-person fee, whichever is greater.      If you are notified that this trip had such a surplus you will be advised of the amount and of the methods to process the refund or donate the funds to the Bus Trip program.

 

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