Rae Lakes Loop

31 July – 3 August 2016

This is a classic 50 mile backpacking loop in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  I originally intended to do this hike with a meetup.com group in 2015, but life got in the way.  I’m happy how it worked out, though, because I got to do the trip with Half Cookie!

We decided to start this loop from Onion Valley instead of Road’s End because it is a couple hours quicker for us to drive from San Diego to the Eastern Sierra than the Western Sierra.  We also had a flexible game plan, as we originally thought we might do a there-and-back hike on the John Muir Trail up to Pinchot Pass and Lake Marjorie, depending on how we felt at the Woods Creek turnoff.

We gave ourselves 5 days to finish this trip, but we did it in 4 days and 3 nights at a moderate to fast pace:


Day 1: Coyote Bowl

Day 2: The ‘Wow’ Lakes

Day 3: A Ridge with a View

Day 4: A Peaceful Return