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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 #1, Jennie Lake
Ldr: Mike Fry 
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 #2 Twin Lakes
Ldr: Skip Forsht  
Asst: Randy Moore

Trip Rating: H5C  (hard, five miles, 1900' gain)
Group size : 15
# backpack days: 3
# backpack miles: 13 1/2
estimated longest day mileage:  6 3/4 miles

Description:  On our first day ( Thursday) after the bus drops us at Lodgepole campground (6740') we will begin our trek to our first campsite.  Depending on our start time we will either have our first camp at the East fork of Clover Creek (8400'), ( -250', + 1910' and 5 miles from Lodgepole) or we may make it all the way to our final destination, Twin Lakes (9414') (-250', +2680' and 6 3/4 miles from Lodgepole). The trail is steep in spots, almost 600' elevation gain per mile, so you must be conditioned and able to keep up with the group.  On our second day we will  be backpacking from the East fork of  Clover Creek  to Twin Lakes and/or dayhiking from Twin Lakes to Silliman Pass.   Fishing at Twin Lakes, or just relaxing by the water are also options. On Day three we will have an optional dayhike over Silliman Pass to Ranger and Beville  Lakes  (6 1/2 miles and  +/- 1160').  Our last day, Sunday, we will arise early and backpack back to Lodgepole to meet the bus (6 3/4 miles, + 250', -2680') by noon.

You need to have backpacked at elevation (9000') in the recent past and have a current hiking/backpacking resume that assures the leaders that you will be an asset to the group and will be able to sustain the pace necessary on the first and last days.  This is an especially beautiful area, and we all want to enjoy it.


Trip #3  Alta Meadow/ Tablelands Loop
Ldr:  Rachel Rench  
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
Asst: Edwin Pulido

Trip Rating: H9D
Group size: 15
# of backpack days: 4
# of backpack miles: 30
No day hikes planned

Description:  Ascending an epic 2800' over 10 miles on Day 1, we travel to an unnamed rarely visited lake set into a glacier-carved granite cirque.  Day 2 we head into Belle Canyon to enjoy immense vistas and find Lost Lake, our second camp. 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 and some easy off trail segments.  Although the mileage each day is modest, the elevation changes are not. Excellent fitness and a light pack ensure 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 3:00pm

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