Sierra Backpacking

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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).

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Got to my campsite in Vidette Meadow early and had a chance to relax and watch the sun set on the mountains.

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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.

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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!

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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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