In early September, 2013 I did a Backpacking/Motorcycle trip to Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.
Here is a pic overlooking Kings Canyon National Park. My backpack is behind me.
I did a really popular loop called the Rae Lakes Loop. It starts and ends in Kings Canyon National Park. It is usually a three or four day trip (44 miles). Some crazy people do the loop as a day trip. I did the trip in three days. The first day is walking up, all day, past a place John Muir named Paradise Valley. Here is a pic of Mist Falls which is on the way to Paradise Valley.
I did about fourteen miles on the first day. All uphill. I was tired! Here is a pic of my campsite. I’m a big fan of ultralight backpacking and use a bivy sack and a tarp instead of a tent. It rained each evening but I stayed warm and dry.
Day two I woke with the sun and had a beautiful hike watching the sun light up the high Sierra mountains. Had lunch at far side of Rae Lake pictured here:
The whole morning involved hiking uphill to the top of Glen Pass (11,926 feet). Here is a pic coming down off of Glen Pass and looking South toward Mount Whitney (not pictured).
Got to my campsite in Vidette Meadow early and had a chance to relax and watch the sun set on the mountains.
Day three was downhill all the way. Tons of bears in the area. Saw this one right overhead as I walked down the trail. He (or she) was up getting some food in the tree.
I got down to the trailhead around 1pm and drove through Sequoia National Park on my way home. Had to stop and see the General!
Look what town I passed through on my way home. I drove around and checked it out. Pretty boring I must say. Looks like any other Central Valley farm town.
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