Sierra Nevada Backpacking Trips

Disclaimer: the author is not responsible for the accuracy of any information reported on this page. Distances in particular are very rough estimates, and conditions vary from year to year.

Clickable overview map with links to clickable maps of all the hikes

Clickable overview map with links to photos of all the hikes

Interactive Fusion Table Map

Flickr Backpacking Collection (so far only the most recent trips are geotagged and uploaded to Flickr)

Kearsarge Pass, Lake Reflection, Little Joe Pass, Shepherd Pass
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-GPS track
-Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks
-September 2017
-7 days, ~42 miles, ~11000 ft elevation gain & loss
-Kearsarge Pass, Bullfrog Lake, East Lake, Lake Reflection, Little Joe Pass, Shepherd Pass

Silver Lake, Marie Lakes, Davis Lakes, Thousand Island Lake, Clark Lakes
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-GPS track
-Ansel Adams Wilderness
-September 2016
-5 days, ~34 miles, ~8000 ft elevation gain & loss
-Silver Lake, Agnew Lake, Gem Lake, Waugh Lake, Marie Lakes, Rodgers Lakes, Davis Lakes, Island Pass, Thousand Island Lake, Clark Lakes

Lake Edison, Silver Pass, Olive Lake, Goodale Pass, Graveyard Lakes
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-John Muir & Ansel Adams Wilderness
-August 2015
-6 days, ~42 miles, ~10000ft elevation gain, ~9000ft elevation loss
-Lake Edison, Silver Pass, Olive Lake, Wilber May Lake, Goodale Pass, Graveyard Lakes, Lake Edison
Young Lakes, Mt Conness, Roosevelt Lake
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-Yosemite National Park
-September 2014
-4 days, ~40 miles, ~7000ft elevation gain, ~7000ft elevation loss
-Tuolumne Meadows (Lembert Dome) via Glen Aulin trail to Young Lakes, cross-country/use trail up Mt Conness, cross-country to Roosevelt Lake and up "Don't Be A Smart Pass", back to Lembert Dome via Dog Lake
Evolution Basin
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-Kings Canyon National Park, John Muir Wilderness
-August 2013
-6 days, ~40 miles, ~11200ft elevation gain, ~11600ft elevation loss
-North Lake, Lamarck Col, Darwin Canyon, Darwin Bench, Evolution Basin, Muir Pass, Le Conte Canyon, Dusy Basin, Bishop Pass, South Lake
Sabrina Basin
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2012
-4 days, ~22 miles, ~6000ft elevation gain, ~6000ft elevation loss
-Blue Lake, Dingleberry Lake, Blue Heaven Lake, Midnight Lake, Topsy Turvy Lake, Sailor Lake, Hungry Packer Lake, Moonlight Lake
Miter Basin
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-Sequoia National Park and John Muir Wilderness
-August 2011
-6 days, ~40 miles, ~10000ft elevation gain, ~10000ft elevation loss
-Cottonwood Pass, Rock Creek, Miter Basin, Crabtree Pass, Upper Crabtree Lake, New Army Pass, Cottonwood Lakes
Isberg Pass
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-Ansel Adams Wilderness
-August/September 2010
-5 days, ~34 miles, ~7500ft elevation gain, ~7500ft elevation loss
-Granite Creek, Cora Lakes, Sadler Lake, Isberg Lakes, Isberg Pass, Post Peak Pass, Porphyry Lake, Granite Creek
Humphreys Basin
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-Google Earth kml file
-kml file viewable in Google Maps
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2009
-6 days, ~32 miles, ~7000ft elevation gain, ~9000ft elevation loss
-North Lake, Piute Pass, Humphreys Basin, Lower Desolation Lake, Carol Col, French Lake, Royce Lakes, Pine Creek Pass
Cottonwood Lakes
-Geotagged photos on Flickr (Slideshow)
-Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
-Everytrail track
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2009
-5 days, ~26 miles, ~5000ft elevation gain and loss

Kings Canyon
-Larger geotagged versions on Flickr
-Kings Canyon National Park
-September 2007
-7 days, ~50 miles, ~6700ft elevation gain and loss
-Road's End Trailhead (5050ft), Paradise Valley (6650ft), Woods Creek/JMT (8550ft), Rae Lakes (10600ft), Sixty Lakes Basin (10900ft)
-route map, detail map with clickable arrows, Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
Hell For Sure Lake & Bench Valley
-Larger geotagged versions on Flickr
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2007
-6 days, ~40 miles, ~6000ft elevation gain and loss
-Courtright Reservoir Maxson Trailhead (8100ft), Disappointment Lake (10350ft), Hell for Sure Lake (10760ft), Hutton Pass (11480ft), Schoolmarm Lake (10800ft), McGuire Lakes (10000ft)
-note that the part from Hell for Sure Lake via Hutton Pass to Filly Lake was cross-country, and there was at least one place where it wasn't class 2 as advertised
-route map, detail map with clickable arrows, Flickr map (shows only locations for the pictures currently visible at the bottom...)
Rae Lakes & Sixty Lake Basin
-Kings Canyon National Park & John Muir Wilderness
-September 2006
-5 days
-Onion Valley (9140ft), Kearsarge Pass (11823ft), Kearsarge Lakes (10900ft), Glen Pass (11978ft), Rae Lakes (10570ft), Sixty Lakes Basin (10600ft)
-route map, map with clickable arrows
Sabrina Basin
-John Muir Wilderness
-September 2006
-3 days
-Sabrina Lake Trailhead (9000ft), Blue Lake (10450ft), Baboon Lakes (10976ft), Midnight Lake (10988ft), Hungry Packer Lake (11071ft)
-route map, map with clickable arrows, combined clickable map from all 3 Sabrina trips
Fallen Leaf Lake to Emerald Bay via Dicks Pass
-Desolation Wilderness
-October 2005
-5 days, ~22 miles, ~4700ft elevation gain and loss
-Fallen Leaf Lake Trailhead (6550ft), via Lake Aloha (8200ft), Heather Lake (7900ft), Susie Lake (7800ft), Gilmore Lake (8300ft), Dicks Pass (9450ft), Dicks Lake (8450ft), Fontanillis Lake (8300ft), Middle Velma Lake (7950ft), and Eagle Lake (7000ft), to the Eagle Falls Trailhead at Emerald Bay (6570ft)
-note that the trail from Lily Lake to near Triangle Lake is officially an "unmaintained trail", in reality not even a "use trail" in places - at least we didn't see any cairns on the rocky/bouldery/talusy parts...
-also did day hikes up Mt Tallac, to Half Moon Lake, and around Upper Velma Lake (partly cross-country)
-route map, map with clickable arrows
-elevation profile
Seven Gables
-John Muir Wilderness
-September 2005
-7 days, ~40 miles, ~7000ft elevation gain and loss
-Florence Lake Trailhead (7400ft), Selden Pass (10800ft), Upper Bear Creek Meadows (9587ft), Ruskie Pass (12050ft)
-note that the stretch from below Seven Gables Lakes to French Canyon is cross-country
-also note that Ruskie Pass unexpectedly had a short class 3 stretch at the top on the Eastern side, and also (at least this year) a long steep snowfield that was easy enough to go down but which might be problematic coming up: definitely not an "easy class 2 gully" as described in (at least our edition of) "The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, and Trails"
-complete route map, detail map with clickable arrows
-elevation profile


Lake Italy
-John Muir Wilderness
-September 2004
-6 days, ~35 miles, ~6000ft elevation gain, ~6500ft elevation loss
-Pine Creek Trailhead (7400ft), Italy Pass (12400ft), Bear Creek Trailhead at Kaiser Pass Road (7000ft)
-note that the stretch over Italy Pass is cross-country
-complete route map, detail map with clickable arrows
-elevation profile


Big Pine Lakes
-John Muir Wilderness
-September 2003
-5 days
-Big Pine North Fork Trailhead (7600ft), Sixth Lake (11100ft), Palisade Glacier (12200ft)
-note that parts of the day hikes are cross-country
-map with clickable arrows


Ansel Adams Wilderness
-August 2003
-6 days
-note that the day hikes are cross-country
-map with clickable arrows


Bishop Pass to Taboose Pass
-John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park
-September 2002
-6 days, ~35 miles, ~6000ft elevation gain, ~10300ft elevation loss
-South Lake (9800ft), Bishop Pass (11980ft), Lower Dusy Basin (11100ft), Knapsack Pass (11680ft), Barrett Lakes (11440ft), Potluck Pass (12120ft), "Glacier Creek Lake" (11670ft), Cirque Pass (12000ft), Lower Palisade Lake (10590ft), Mather Pass (12073ft), "Lower Upper Basin" (10420ft), Taboose Pass (11352ft), Taboose Trailhead (5380ft)
-note that the stretch from Dusy Basin to Palisade Lakes is cross-country
-map with clickable arrows


Duck Pass to McGee Pass
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2002
-5 days, ~30 miles, ~4500ft elevation gain, ~5800ft elevation loss
-Lake Mary Trailhead (9120ft), Duck Pass (10797ft), Duck Lake (10482ft), Purple Lake (9930ft), Lake Virginia (10388ft), Tully Hole (9515ft), Tully Lake (10400ft), McGee Pass (11895ft), Big McGee Lake (10472ft), McGee Creek Trailhead (7870ft)
-map with clickable arrows


Sabrina Basin
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2001
-5 days
-note that the day hikes are cross-country
-map with clickable arrows, combined clickable map from all 3 Sabrina trips


Humphreys Basin via Piute Pass
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 2000
-5 days
-map with clickable arrows


Rock Creek to McGee Creek via Hopkins Pass
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 1999
-4 days, ~22 miles, ~4000ft elevation gain, ~6200ft elevation loss
-Rock Creek Mosquito Flat (10300ft), Ruby Lake (11300ft), Golden Creek (10400ft), Mono Creek (9300ft), Hopkins Pass (11520ft), Big McGee Lake (10472ft), McGee Trailhead (7870ft)
-note that the stretch over Hopkins Pass is cross-country
-map with clickable arrows


Evolution Basin
-Kings Canyon National Park
-August 1998
-7 days, ~38 miles, ~8200ft elevation gain, ~7700ft elevation loss
-North Lake (9255ft), Lamarck Col (12960ft), John Muir Trail (10640ft), Muir Pass (11960ft), Le Conte Canyon (8800ft), Bishop Pass (11980ft), South Lake (9768ft)
-note that the stretch from Lower Lamark Lake to Evolution Lake is cross-country
-map with clickable arrows


Sabrina Basin
-John Muir Wilderness
-August 1998
-Sabrina Lake (9128ft), Dingleberry Lake (10489ft), Echo Lake (11602ft)
-map with clickable arrows, combined clickable map from all 3 Sabrina trips


Yosemite
-October 1997
-map with clickable arrows


Ansel Adams Wilderness
-August 1996
-map with clickable arrows


Favorite Backpacking Pictures: 1996-2001 (Film), 2002-2003 (Digital)

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Last modified: September 20, 2017
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