Permits can be picked up at Lodgepole Visitor Center (open 7am-3:30pm, closed 11am-12pm for lunch) the day of your trip, or from 1pm or later the day before. At Crescent Meadow there is long-term parking and restrooms, but no fresh water. --Benjamin Franklin. Here’s the trailhead location in Google Maps and Google Street View. I try to add some images tommow as well. (4), Additions & Corrections Return on the same trail or create a loop and continue on as the path turns to dirt. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. There is a restroom with running water and a large parking area here but very little else so the crowds are sparse. Distance: 1.8 miles. © Hiking the JMT, 2018. Permits are only first come first serve, and they are available beginning at 1pm the day before your hike at the Lodgepole Visitor Center (I suggest arriving a little earlier to get in line!). | All Rights Reserved, John Muir Trail North of Devils Postpile AA10, John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile AA15, High Sierra Trail 6 day itinerary (day-by-day descriptions), Big SEKI Loop – Complete guide to the trail, National Geographic Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Map. Please do not hike intothe meadow itself. If you fail to get a permit starting at Crescent Meadow, you can choose Alta trail as an alternative starting point (it connects to the HST at mile 5.8). The permit application is on-line and can be mailed or FAXed to Kernville or Springville. The path will wind through the valley and along Crescent Meadow before reaching Tharp's Log. However, if you need to use public transportation, you should start the hike at Crescent Meadow or Alta trailhead (take Sequoia Shuttle to Sequoia National Park) and connect to the BSL at Bearpaw Meadow (this will add around 12-13 miles to your trip). 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. The following trails are all within Inyo National Forest, and allow hikers to head north or south on the JMT. Trailhead: Crescent Meadow parking lot. Frypan Meadow is a delightful and handy spot to camp for trips incudling the climbs of both Kennedy and Harrington. An entrance fee is required to visit the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, but no permit is needed to hike up Moro Rock, so get out and enjoy! This hike was created by the National Park Service and was completed in 1930. Crescent Meadow from Tharp's Log Trail before the High Sierra Trail splits off. Take the free in-park shuttle the next morning from Lodgepole to the trailhead at Crescent Meadow (the first shuttle leaves at 8 a.m.). Fewer people at this trailhead means better permit availability. I'll fix that as soon as possible. However you can take any of the loops to the General Sherman tree 3mi, Tharp's Log trail 0.5mi, or the High Sierra Trail 1mi to Eagles View. The High Sierra Trail to Mt Whitney is a challenging 75-mile trek whose scenery ranges from the giant forest of Sequoia National park, gorgeous mountain lakes, the Kern River Valley and of course the rocky jagged terrain of Mt Whitney. To get to the trailhead: Take Generals Highway to Crescent Meadow Road, which is just south of the Giant Forest Museum. Getting a permit is easy, and there are no crowds to contend with. The main loop is 1.6mi total. (2 ). View Crescent Meadow Image Gallery - 4 Images. The Crescent Meadow Trailhead is 2.6 miles from the Giant Forest Museum via Crescent Meadow Road. Crescent Meadow Loop Trail. No water is available at the Crescent Meadow trailhead. Once you arrive at the park, you can take the free Sequoia National Park shuttle to pick up your permit in Lodgepole and then get back on the shuttle to go to the trailhead at Crescent Meadow. This High Sierra Trail Permit can be obtained at the Lodgepole Visitor Center or you can call them at 559-565-443 and get one set up in advance. Another trail named Tharp… Wilderness Permits are required for both day-use and overnight travel in the Wilderness from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct. 31. Day One on the High Sierra Trail we hiked 11.5 miles east-bound, from Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw. Crescent Meadow Trailhead. A wilderness permit is required and can be obtained at the Lodgepole Visitor Center between 7 am and 3:30 pm. High Sierra Trail: Introduction. Since the BSL is a loop, there is a lot of flexibility regarding where you start, and there are several places where you could exit early if necessary. To get to the trailhead: Just south of the Giant Forest Museum, turn off the Generals Highway and head east on Crescent Meadow Road. There are a number of trailheads south of Donohue Pass that connect to the JMT and are easily accessible through public transportation. Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a permit trailhead vehicle pass in vehicle. Distance: 11.5 miles each way Time: 5 to 10 hours, each way (average 7 hours) Trailhead: Crescent Meadow, approximately 10 miles south of Wuksachi Lodge® Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet. The hike starts at the quiet Crescent Meadow parking lot. It is 154 miles long and is completely on maintained trails. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Reservations are recommended and campsites run $22 per night. High Sierra Trailhead Shuttle If you’re staying in Visalia, the Sequoia Shuttle has numerous stops that will take you into the park in the morning. Water is plentiful for the entirety of the trail, and there are bear boxes at both Bearpaw and Hamilton if you’re looking to cut a few pounds off of your pack weight. A wilderness permit is required and can be obtained at the Lodgepole Visitor Center between 7 am and 3:30 pm. Incidentally Ron Karpel was able to get a permit in 1998 for Deer Cove Trail camping at Frypan Meadow from the park service at Road's End. The Mt. Most impressive in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom, wildlife sightings are common in this area. Permits. November 10th at 7:30am until further notice. Because of its popularity, this is the only trail in Sequoia and Kings Canyon that does not have reservable overnight permits. 3) Cross the wooden bridge over Lone Pine Creek and veer east to … Otherwise good job! Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required at this trailhead. The trail starts from the northern side of the large parking lot. The permit is free for Bearpaw guests. 2) Next day, stay on the trail 1.6 miles. The High Sierra Trail, which begins at Crescent Meadow (in Sequoia National Park) and ends at Whitney Portal, is a great option for those who have a limited amount of time and want to hike to the top of Mt. The hike starts at the Crescent Meadow parking lot. Since the High Sierra Trail is a one way hike crossing over two mountain ranges, planning out the logistics of transportation and shuttles can be a little tricky. You can also camp at the Lodgepole or Buckeye campground in Sequoia National Park and take the free park shuttle to Crescent Meadow after you’ve picked up your permits and ready to start the hike. Description: This scenic loop trail takes you around the picturesque Crescent Meadow. The High Sierra Trail begins at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park, on the West side of the Sierra Nevada range, and ends at Whitney Portal on the East, traversing the highest and most beautiful part of the Sierras. To get to the trailhead: Take Generals Highway (SR 198) east to Crescent Meadow Road, just south of the Giant Forest Museum. Featured Routes. Permits can be reserved at www.recreation.gov. The trailhead is located just past the tunnel log east of General's Highway 198. After passing the backcountry site WE4, the trail soon begins to climb. Turn-by-turn from the Crescent Meadow trailhead. There is a small ford over the North Fork of Specimen Creek when you come to a large meadow. Crescent Meadow is about 7 miles from Lodgepole Village where you pick up your wilderness permit. Interconnects with Boulder County Parks and Open Space’s Walker Ranch Loop Trail … From here, hikers can see back to Moro Rock to the west, down to the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, and ahead to the glaciated peaks of the Great Western Divide. 1) Take the High Sierra Trail 10.6 miles east, threading together lodgepole pine forest, alpine meadows, and big views of the Great Western Divide high above the Middle Fork Kaweah River gorge, to Bearpaw Meadow High Sierra Camp. The start and end of the hike is lot more enjoyable when you can actually park at Crescent Meadow, but unfortunately, visitors aren’t allowed to drive there on summer weekends and holidays between 9 am and 4 pm. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Whitney. When filling out your permit application, select ‘High Sierra’ (Crescent Meadow) as your entry trail, and ‘Whitney Portal’ as your exit trail. There are free shuttles which connect Lodgepole Village with Crescent Meadow. Permit Info: The trail enters the Three Sisters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead. From here on, the trail is unpaved but mostly smooth and well graded. Begin the High Sierra Trail at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park. The elevation gain/loss is +15,531/-13,866 feet according to Paul Richins, Jr., author of Mount Whitney (2ndEd., The Mountaineers Books). The hike starts at the Crescent Meadow parking lot. Please note that if you go south on the JMT from one of these trailheads, you will likely need to exit at Horseshoe Meadow via either Cottonwood Pass trail or Cottonwood Lakes trail (because it is very difficult to get a permit for exiting Mt. The 2020 permit quota season ended on 9/19. To begin, you will need a permit and it will be much easier to get than a Mt Whitney Trail Permit. The creator of the BSL suggests starting (and finishing) your hike at Roads End. Crescent Meadow is a collection of loops in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. No camping is allowed until you get at least 2 miles beyond the trailhead, but finding a campsite sooner than the 9 … It can be hiked within an hour as a pleasure walk for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors but is on a limited schedule. Continue three miles, to the Crescent Meadow Parking Area. View 7 Day Forecast on weather.gov. Location: Southern Sierra NevadaDistance: 73 milesDays required: 6–9Route type: Point-to-pointType of route: On maintained trailVertical ascent: 19,094 feetMax altitude: 14,505 feetDifficulty: StrenuousWhen to go: July through SeptemberPermits: RequiredFees: $10 per permit + $5 per personDogs: No***UPDATE for 2019***As of 2019 there is a section of trail that is blown out just past Hamilton Lake. I think it's spelled Crescent Here’s the trailhead location in Google Maps and Google Street View.. Time: 2 hours, round-trip. The trail (from Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal) is 72 miles long and takes about a week to complete. 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