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66.5 mile 107.0 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 15,521' 4,731 m
Descent: -13,863' -4,225 m
High: 14,453' 4,405 m
Low: 6,701' 2,042 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)

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Trail shared by Aaron Groves

This epic trans-sierra trek is a perfect trail for both experienced and novice backpackers.

Aaron Groves

Features Hot Spring · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Bear canisters required.

Description

The High Sierra Trail (HST) is an epic 73 mile trek across the sierras ending with a Mt. Whitney summit. The High Sierra Trail begins at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park then heads up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, past the majestic beauty of Hamilton and Precipice Lakes, and then traverses the Great Western Divide at Kaweah Gap 10,700 feet. The trail then descends into the beautiful Big Arroyo before beginning a steady climb up to the Chagoopa Plateau.

Once again the runner will lose hard gained elevation and drop down over 3,000 feet into the Kern River Canyon. While in the Kern River Canyon, sore-footed runners will enjoy the natural hot spring tub alongside the mighty Kern River. The trail then continues up the bottom of the Kern Canyon and turns east, climbing parallel to Wallace Creek and merging with the John Muir Trail Segment 7, 49 miles from the starting point. Once on JMT Segment 7, the runner can then follow the John Muir Trail about 13 more miles to the summit of Mount Whitney. With Whitney bagged, most runner will continue the remaining 12 miles downhill to Whitney Portal to complete the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer, bear, good fishing in many lakes along the way.

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