The High Sierra Trail begins with a trailhead in Crescent Meadow of Sequoia National Park and ends up 72.2 miles later at Whitney Portal. Don't bring too much water. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. You don't want to surprise a bear if you are close to them. Def worth staying out at Hamilton overnight if you can. Hamilton Lake to Big Arroyo Junction – 7.9 miles, 2,570′ ascent. Loved the hike n even the dark but disappointed that we didn’t make the lake. There were 2 bears on this trail on the way up so make sure you take the necessary precautions. Making lots of noise and making ourselves big, did not move him. A permit will be needed and can be picked up at Lodgepole. Once past Bearpaw Meadow the views rival (and even surpass in my opinion) those of Yosemite. It was a great lunch stop between 9-mile and Hamilton Lake. High Sierra Trail Part 2 - Buck Creek Crossing to Big Hamilton Lake Day 2 Buck Creek Crossing to Big Hamilton Lake - 6 miles; 980 ft elevation gain. There are mosquitos in the evening, but not bad during the day. I would definitely do this trip again. Hamilton Lake is beautiful and wildlife abundant. It was mindblowing how quickly the trail conditions changed. Staring up at the face of Valhalla was something special. The sun shines today! We actually hiked the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadows to Bearpaw camp. I waded in a little. From Hamilton Lake, there is no way to go but up. The sun shines today! There is a lot of up-and-down hiking but plenty of places to stop and cool off in a beautiful mountain creek. By Mail: I have never seen a more beautiful part of the world and will be absolutely be coming back when I can. Moderately Paced Itinerary. According to the Yosemite Decimal System, the HST is a Class 1/Class 2 trail, which means simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands for balance. October 20, 2019. A long hike to Hamilton Lakes on the High Sierra Trail. You don't want to surprise a bear if you are close to them. We only stayed 1 night prior but the altitude did get to me. If you are returning to Bear Paw meadow, start early so you can enjoy the lake. It is and has been passed, just a bit more risk than I was willing to take. You should assume it is a six to eight day hike, from start to finish, not including any transportation time, for most average hikers. Fifth is hamilton falls - there is a massive log upstream, get on it and walk to the end and then jump onto the trail. Day 1 hiked Crescent Meadows to Hamilton lakes, day 2 Hamilton up to precipice lake and then back down to Merton Creek, and day 3 back down to Crescent. One of the best backpacking trails on the planet. High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes - California | AllTrails The trail slowly climbs about 1000 feet in 11 miles to Bearpaw Meadow. It descends into Big Arroyo, then climbs up to the Chagoopa Plateau, and drops down again into the Kern River Canyon. Speak with park staff on weekdays only 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. The reviews were all correct about this hike. Great trail. Whitney. It was a particularly wet rainy season, so the river crossings were very dangerous. I brought 1L and filled up along the way. The Kaweah River bridge (30 minute hike from Bear Paw meadow) is a nice stopping point and if memory serves, it is the point where the trail becomes completely uphill until Hamilton Lakes. 5D/5N Salkatay Trek Day 2: Wayracmachay to Loreta. There is so much water due to the big rain season. There are two options to cross this creek a) go straight across (very exposed) b) go upstream 50 feet and cross a log. High Sierra Trail Day 3 (Part 1) – Hamilton Lake to Kaweah Gap Sequoia National Park, California “Well, okay. We made camp and returned back. For 24-hour recorded information. Once you pass Bear paw meadow the views really open up. Great trail. March 2, 2019. precipice Lake is at 10,300′. The vegetation is thicker and the views just keep getting. Met a bear on the trail and had a stare down until we threw rocks toward him (not at him). Plenty of water along the entire trail. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. The lake that started me planning this trip shenanigan that we embarked on. Musing. We were going to camp one night at Bear Paw HS Camp but decided to keep going to Buck Creek because there was no place to "cool off" at Bear Paw. Beautiful views but were slightly inhibited by smoke from regional fires (in late August). For additional questions please email support@alltrails.com. Thanks! I waded in a little. I know about Panther Gap but looking for the next one after that. This trail is amazing. And we'll be climbing 3 miles and 2,000 feet for it. You really have to experience it to understand just how awesome it is. Hamilton Lakes via High Sierra Trail . The trail is straightforward and clear the whole way to Hamilton Lakes. I spent the night at Hamilton lakes, plenty of wildlife up there, I hung out with a young buck for the evening. Once arriving at the top of the plateau, the trail then sharply descends into Kern Canyon. It is and has been passed, just a bit more risk than I was willing to take. Simply the most beautiful hike I've ever done. Distance: 8 miles point to point. Enjoy the trail! Day 1: Distance: 16 Miles Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700 Once you arrive at Bearpaw Meadow and High Sierra Camp, the trail continues downhill towards a bridge crossing. Kings Canyon- West of Sierra Crest. 559-565-3730. 2. For 24-hour recorded information. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. The trip to Hamilton Lakes is part of the High Sierra Trail. The final ascent is a mellow winding granite staircase and then, voila, you will see a few wilderness campsites and a beautiful high alpine lake. However the incline to precipice is more challenging. We started hiking at 1:00 and made camp at 9:00 PM, started the next morning at 8:00 made it up to Bear Paw, continued another 1/2 hour in hopes of taking pics of Independence Creek Bridge but had to turn around n head back to camp due to time again finished in the dark. Recommend this trail. I did this hike in early July 2017, it is by far one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. Trail is pretty easy to follow. There is perhaps no better way to laterally cross the immense Sierra Nevada mountain range on foot. Once he ran, so did we down the trail. It was during September & weather was nice thankfully. I would not have done this trail any earlier in the season than I did because the conditions were barely passable. One of the best backpacking trips that I have ever done in California! Probably having an ice axe is a good idea. The views on this trail are phenomenal. It was an easy day hike to reach Hamilton lakes where snow was still present in July. Would do again for the views. 4. The wildflowers, butterflies and spectacular views :). It was a particularly wet rainy season, so the river crossings were very dangerous. From Crescent Meadow, there is a campground around 8-9 mile marker, and from there about an 8 mile round-trip up to the creek waterfall/overlook, where you can decide to summit up to Hamilton Lakes or not. Hamilton Lake The famous “cave” leading toward Precipice Lake We awoke this morning to sounds of a few early hikers trudging along the trail, just a … There is no snow up to Hamilton lakes. After the Great Western Divide, the next 16 miles of the High Sierra Trail descends into Big Arroyo Junction (another popular campsite), followed by a shallow climb up to the Chagoopa Plateau. High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes ist ein 52.1 Kilometer langer, wenig besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Sequoia National Park, Kalifornien. Dieser Trail wurde überprüft und aktualisiert, um die Kommentare in dieser Bewertung widerzuspiegeln. It had been under snow for most of the summer and there had been trail damage due to a heavy winter, but as soon as the trails were clear, I got a 3-day backpacking trip on the books. Hamilton Lake is a popular destination for hikers of the High Sierra Trail and those planning trips into Nine Lakes Basin. This whole section of trail involves stepping up or down and seldom provides level ground. Mosquitoes were out in force during the night, especially near Mehrten creek so make sure to bring bug spray. By Mail: The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known as Kaweah Gap. 22:26. You descend downhill from 1.5 miles and climb up to the lake the last 1.5 miles. I think our loud talk gave him advance notice of our presence which is a good thing. It was during September & weather was nice thankfully. High Sierra Trail Part 3 - Big Hamilton Lake To Big Arroyo Junction Day 3 : Big Hamilton Lake To Big Arroyo Junction - 6.5 miles; 1,320 feet elevation gain. United States › California › Sequoia National Park › Hamilton Lakes via High Sierra Trail. Finally. The final ascent is a mellow winding granite staircase and then, voila, you will see a few wilderness campsites and a beautiful high alpine lake. Valhalla is amazing. 3. I would not have done this trail any earlier in the season than I did because the conditions were barely passable. The view from the camp was the great western divide! However, once we made it to Hamilton Lake, it was all worth it. I spent the night at Hamilton lakes, plenty of wildlife up there, I hung out with a young buck for the evening. A permit will be needed and can be picked up at Lodgepole. 200% hike this trail. Upper Hamilton Lake sits nested in an enormous rocky bowl surrounded by sheer cliffs and several prominent mountain peaks. 4. The water was actually warm enough to swim in. Would recommend precipice lake for a quick day hike too! Hamilton Lakes were consistently mentioned as a highlight for backpackers who have hiked the High Sierra Trail, and I can see why it is a favorite. Jeremy Roberts 755 views. I highly recommend Bearpaw Meadow! The Kaweah Gap will take a good 5 hours from Hamilton lakes. We only stayed 1 night prior but the altitude did get to me. I did a section of this trail as part of a 40 mile backpacking loop. The vegetation is thicker and the views just keep getting. It was amazing. Most people I met along the way including myself packed in heaps of food. Oct 31 2015 - We (4 men, ages 20-30) started out at Bearpaw around 10am and made it to Lower Hamilton Lake around 12pm. We woke up early and were greeted with the view of our next destination. We had to cross an ice bridge as well. A pit toilet is located at Hamilton Lake to keep human wasted concentrated to one area. Highlights include Giant Forest, Bearpaw Meadow and the High Sierra Camp, Hamilton Lake, Kaweah Gap and the Great Western Divide, Big Arroyo Creek, Moraine Lake, Kern Canyon, Wallace Creek, Guitar Lake, and Mt. Once we arrived at Bearpaw Meadow where we had a reservation for a tent cabin, we were greeted with food food, good company, a hot shower and real beds. So if you’re planning to do this trail take your time and don’t rush. You can try go further but there is a lot of snow starting 0.5 mile before precipice lakes. Bearpaw High Sierra Camp. ), Vielen Dank für Ihr Feedback. The High Sierra Trail (HST) is a hiking trail in Sequoia National Park, California.The trail crosses the Sierra Nevada from west to east. We did this hike as a nice, leisurely 4-day out and back. No snow was blocking the trail. The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known as Kaweah Gap. Never been on anything like it. Drive up HWY 198 to Giants Forest. I highly recommend Bearpaw Meadow! I made a 3 day trip from Sequoia and Crecent Meadows up to Hamilton lakes and Elizabeth pass and back. based on 20 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #106 hike out of 176 in Sequoia National Park | DIFFICULT. Hiking Hamilton Lake from Crescent Meadows was beautiful EXCEPT for trusting Alltrails app!!!!! 200% hike this trail. Luckily, we are all young and agile, so we were able to climb the giant blocks of ice, but it wasn't easy. And it's Precipice Lake Day! Very doable since up to Hamilton lake (and even later - up to where there was snow) the trail is extremely well marked and easy to follow, you can do 3 miles/hour easily. And we'll be climbing 3 miles and 2,000 feet for it. At this time of year there were a few rivers that were tough to get across but are doable if you are in good physical condition (be okay with getting wet and jumping). The views on this trail are phenomenal. It was amazing. Second one is 8 mile creek (there are logs to cross). We went pass Hamilton lake to precipice lake and beyond to the great divide. Met a bear on the trail and had a stare down until we threw rocks toward him (not at him). July 11, 2018. I would have gone to precipice lake if I had brought crampons with me but the trail became unwalkable right at Hamilton Lake. I guess I pitched my tent near his hangout. Also, if you leave early the creeks are significantly calmer. Drive up HWY 198 to Giants Forest. The trail is longer than what is posted on this app. link Copy Link. This whole section of trail involves stepping up or down and seldom provides level ground. I think our loud talk gave him advance notice of our presence which is a good thing. 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