Rae Lakes Loop
ElevationAscent: 6,971' 2,125 m
Descent: -6,971' -2,125 m
High: 11,904' 3,628 m
Low: 5,052' 1,540 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)
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“One of the most famous loops in all of the Sierras with stunning canyons, pristine lakes, and rolling granite domes.”— Luke Snow
The South Fork (Paradise) trail terminates into the Upper Paradise - Woods Creek Crossing, where you'll bear east and continue a gradual ascent. Grandiose views of the Castle Domes will greet you as you near the junction with the famed John Muir Trail (JMT: Segment 6 - Bishop Pass at LeConte Canyon to Kearsage Pass Trail). Once arriving to the trail, head south to the ultimate reward of the run, the string of stunning alpine lakes that each outdo the next in beauty. This is a good spot to establish camp for one of your nights.
Make the climb to Glenn Pass, a true gem of the West. Soak in the commanding views and start your descent to the Bubbs Creek Trail, bearing west. This trail tracks a picturesque stream that, depending on the time of year, roars down the canyon. You'll eventually meet back up with the South Fork (Paradise) Trail, continuing the descent back to the trailhead where, after 40 of some of the best miles California has to offer, the car will be waiting.
Land Manager: NPS - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park