I'm planning on backpacking part of the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia NP the last weekend of the month and wondered if anyone was interested in tagging along.
General plan would be to meet in Sequoia NP at the Lodgepole Campground on the evening of Thursday the 28th. I have site 21 reserved for Thursday night. Wake up early, head to the wilderness permit office when they open at 7 at the Lodgepole Visitor Center and pick up a walk up permit for the HST either leaving from the Alta trail head or the Crescent Meadows trail head. Drive to which ever trail head we can get a permit for and get packing. Depending on the pace we can keep I was planning on camping the first night at either Hamilton Lakes. Saturday morning wake up hike up to the Kaewah Gap past Hamilton and Precipice lakes and either go bag Eagle Scout peak to the south of Kaewah Gap which is a 12K class 2/3 scramble or explore the nine lakes basin to the north of the Kaewah Gap. After we get done doing whatever on Saturday begin hiking back down and make it to Buck Creek or Nine Mile Creek to camp for Saturday Night. Sunday morning wake up early and hoof it back to the trail head and head for home.
Alta TH to Hamilton Lakes: 13 miles
Alta TH to Kaewah Gap: 17 miles
Hamilton Lakes to Eagle Scout Peak or Nine Lakes Basin: 5 miles
Eagle Scout Peak or Nine Lakes Basin to Kaewah Gap: 1.5 miles
Kaewah Gap to Buck Creek: 8 miles
Kaewah Gap to Nine Mile Creek: 9 miles
Buck Creek to Alta TH: 9 miles
Nine Mile Creek to Alta TH: 8 miles
The mileages and camps are just a rough guideline - we can play it by ear as to what pace we are keeping, how we are feeling and what the weather is like. I'm not planning on carrying a bear canister so we are limited to camping at locations on the HST that have a bear box. If those mileages seem a bit much we can tweak it. I'd like to at least make to Precipice lake on this trip which is about 3 miles beyond Hamilton Lakes. If we turned around there and didn't climb up to the Kaewah Gap and hit either Eagle Scout Peak or the Nine Lakes Basin on Saturday I wouldn't be heartbroken.
Anyhow, if this sounds like it might be up your alley, let me know as I wouldn't mind having some company on this trip.
Pics for Inspiration:
Looking to Valhalla from HST:
From Hamilton Lakes looking west to Angel Wings:
Precipice Lake with Eagle Scout Peak above: