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“Lakes Trail...Panther Gap...Alta Peak”

Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park
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Warrenville, IL
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229 reviews
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“Lakes Trail...Panther Gap...Alta Peak”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We did a day hike starting at Wolverton which combined the Lakes Trail...Panther Gap...and Alta Peak. Round trip, it was about 13.4 miles and 4000 feet vertical. It was a challenging but rewarding day hike.

Starting at Wolverton, the Lakes trail was all in forest, with a very gradual incline. We found this part of the trail to be fairly easy. In meeting with Panther Gap, there was the option to continue to the lakes (another hiker went that way) - but we continued towards Alta Peak.

Once atop Panther Gap - this trail became sensational with views! After a mile or so on the trail after Panther Gap, we were back in the woods until we met up with the Alta Peak/Alta Meadow junction. I suppose it is worth going to the meadow if you are not up for the challenging peak; at this point, it was about 4.5 or so miles and 2000 vertical feet (relatively smooth).

After this point, Alta Peak gets vertical. Another 2000' feet in 2.1 miles with even more steepness at the end. While we were tired, it was an absolutely breathtaking hike and I would do it again. You do need to be prepared with water and food - it is a difficult day, but there is no technical climbing needed to reach this peak.

Once you are at the top, you retrace your path back down. On a weekday in September, we saw only one other hiker past Panther Gap. Oddly enough, going back towards the lakes trail, we found that same hiker that we had met on the way in. He was then heading the direction we just came from for some overnight backpacking.

Happy trails! There is only a pit toilet at the Wolverton trailhead...be prepared ladies!

Visited September 2013
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“Unparalleled Views in the California High Sierras”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

The Lakes Trail in Sequoia National park offers unparalleled views of the California High Sierras. It is a rugged, steep climb and not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort to get out there! See photos and review of the trail: http://www.xplormor.com/xplormor/xplor-california/xplor-sequoia/the-lakes-trail/

Visited November 2012
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Santa Monica, California
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“You must see these living Giants!!”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We went to this park in mid June 2013. It was amazing day trip. I entered to park from Three River entrance. If you only have one day, you need to see Morrow rock, Crescent meadow, General Sherman tree and Crystal cave. These are key attractions of the Sequoia national park. Best thing go early as possible you can. First, see the Crystal cave. Cave tour need at least 3 hours. Then go to the Giant sequoia museum and park your vehicle there. From that point, you can take the free shuttle. Take a free shuttle to Morrow rock. When you come back from the morrow rock, next shuttle stop is crescent meadow. You must walk through trials and enjoy the nature. Then take a shuttle go to see the world largest tree General Sherman. If you have more time explore further. I will go again very soon to cover the kings canyon park

Visited June 2013
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Edwards, Colorado
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“Sequoia National Park is Fantastic!”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

We loved this national park, we went to the visitors center at Kings Canyon, we talked with Judy. She was full of knowledge, steered us is the right direction. Everything she told us to do was one hundred percent great. She is a valuable employee. She even told us the best way to get out of the park and some back roads to expedite our travels. She is awesome"

Visited May 2013
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