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High Sierra Trail

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


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Map Key

66.5

Miles

107.0

KM

82%

Runnable

14,453' 4,405 m

High

6,701' 2,042 m

Low

15,521' 4,731 m

Up

13,863' 4,225 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · 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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Shared By:

Aaron Groves

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  4.9 from 19 votes

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Photos

View west from Mount Whitney Trail
Sep 14, 2015 near Lone Pine, CA
Looking east near Eagle View
Oct 30, 2018 near Three R…, CA
Hamilton Gorge Tunnel - High Sierra Trail
Sep 28, 2016 near Three R…, CA
After crossing Kaweah Gap.
Oct 6, 2017 near Three R…, CA
View of Kaweah Queen and Black Kaweah over Big arroyo and Nine Lakes Basin
Sep 28, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Gorgeous views and a welcome break await you on the summit of Mount Whitney.
Jan 9, 2017 near Lone Pine, CA

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