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Bubbs Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

11.0 mile 17.7 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 4,513' 1,375 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 9,569' 2,917 m
Low: 5,119' 1,560 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A relentless ascent up a beautiful canyon along a raging creek

Tilman Giese

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail starts shortly after the Bailey Bridge where Cedar Grove Southside turns right. Turn left here and cross Bubbs Creek over the boulders and logs. Depending on the season, this will require careful navigation across the rapidly flowing water. The trail then turns east and starts its demanding ascent up the canyon. The first mile is entirely made of switchbacks. As you reach more elevation, the view into Kings Canyon gets better and better, so take a break every now and then and enjoy the panorama. You get to the Avalanche Pass junction at about 1.5 miles.

The next 6 miles are steadily uphill with Bubbs Creek on your right and the southern flank of Glacier Monument and Charlotte Dome on your left. The creek is only accessible in a few spots though. You reach Junction Meadow at about 7.5 miles. This meadow is a great place for a break and also has a few camp sites. The views from here are spectacular with North Guard towering above you and West Vidette just up ahead. The last 2.5 miles of the trail are switchbacks again but the stunning views down canyon are a worthwhile reward. Reach Lower Vidette Meadow and the junction with the John Muir Trail (JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Whitney).

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Photos

East Vidette from Junction Meadow.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
North Guard from Bubbs Creek Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Kings Canyon from the switchbacks on Bubbs Creek Trail
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Bubbs Creek as it cascades down to the junction that leads to East Lake.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Approach to Junction Meadow with North Guard watching over you.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Kings Canyon from the top of the switchbacks on Bubbs Creek Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA

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