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Overview

Dayhikers and backpackers alike will love this information-packed guide to the peaks and gorges of Kings Canyon National Park, the majestic apex of the Sierra Nevada. With its detailed maps, comprehensive trail descriptions, enlightening background chapters, and inspiring photos, this book is the best Kings Canyon resource you'll ever find.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899973357
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Preface xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Human History 3
Flora and Fauna 12
Geology 20
Climate 22
Locator Map 24
Chapter 2 Traveling the Backcountry 25
Fees 26
About Kings Canyon National Park and Surrounding Forest Service Lands 27
Wilderness Ethics and Trail Courtesy 32
Maps 33
Wilderness Permits 36
Winter in the Kings Canyon Area 38
Chapter 3 About This Guide 39
Chapter 4 West Side Trips 43
Introduction to Redwood Mountain 44
Generals Highway Trailhead
1 Big Baldy 45
2 Buena Vista Peak 47
Redwood Mountain Trailhead
3 Redwood Mountain Grove: Hart Trail Loop 48
4 Redwood Mountain Grove: Sugar Bowl Loop 51
Introduction to Giant Sequoia National Monument and Jennie Lakes Wilderness 54
Generals Highway Trailhead
5 Stony Creek Trail to Jennie Lake 56
Big Meadows Road Trailheads
6 Jennie Lakes Loop 59
7 Seville Lake 62
8 Rowell Meadow to Giant Forest 65
9 Mitchell Peak 73
Kennedy Meadows Trailhead
10 Evans Grove 75
Converse Basin Trailheads
11 Chicago Stump 76
12 Boole Tree 78
Introduction to Grant Grove 79
Grant Grove Trailheads
13 Big Stump Grove 81
14 Hitchcock Meadow 84
15 Sunset Loop Trail: Viola and Ella Falls, the Dead Giant, and Sequoia Lake Overlook 85
16 Azalea--Manzanita Loop Trail 88
17 North Grove Loop 90
18 General Grant Tree Trail 92
19 Park Ridge Lookout 93
Introduction to Cedar Grove 95
Cedar Grove Trailheads
20 Don Cecil Trail to Lookout Peak 97
21 Roaring River Falls 100
22 River Trail, South Fork Kings River 102
23 Zumwalt Meadow Nature Trail 103
24 Kanawyer Loop Trail 104
25 Sphinx Creek 105
26 Circle of Solitude: Great Western and Kings-Kern Divides Loop 108
27 East Lake and Lake Reflection 121
28 Charlotte Lake 124
29 Deer Cove Trail 127
30 Cedar Grove Overlook 129
31 Hotel and Lewis Creeks Loop 130
32 East Kennedy Lake 132
33 Copper Creek Trail to Granite Basin 135
34 State and Horseshoe Lakes 138
35 Mist Falls 142
36 Rae Lakes Loop 144
Introduction to Sierra National Forest 151
Courtright Reservoir Trailhead
37 Red Mountain Basin 153
Florence Lake Trailhead
38 Blayney Hot Springs, Goddard Canyon, and Martha Lake 159
Chapter 5 East Side Trips 169
Introduction to the Mt. Whitney Ranger District 170
Onion Valley Trailhead
39 Robinson Lake 173
40 Kearsarge and Bullfrog Lakes 175
41 Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin 179
42 Trans-Sierra Trek: Onion Valley to Cedar Grove 183
43 Golden Trout Lakes 189
Oak Creek Trailhead
44 Baxter Pass Trail 191
Sawmill Creek Trailhead
45 Sawmill Pass Trail 193
Introduction to the White Mountain Ranger District 195
Taboose Creek Trailhead
46 Taboose Pass Trail 199
Red Creek Trailhead
47 Red Lake 203
Birch Creek Trailhead
48 Birch Lake 206
Big Pine Creek Trailhead
49 South Fork Big Pine Creek to Brainerd Lake 208
50 North Fork Big Pine Creek to Big Pine Lakes 212
South Lake Trailhead
51 Bishop Pass Trail to Long, Saddlerock, and Bishop Lakes 218
52 Bishop Pass Trail to Dusy Basin and LeConte Canyon 221
53 Chocolate Lakes Loop 227
54 Treasure Lakes 231
55 Tyee Lakes 234
Lake Sabrina Trailhead
56 Sabrina Basin 236
57 George Lake 241
North Lake Trailhead
58 Lamarck Lakes 244
59 Evolution Basin via Lamarck Col 247
60 Piute Pass Trail to Humphreys Basin and the John Muir Trail 251
John Muir Trail
61 John Muir Trail: Kearsarge Pass Trail to Bishop Pass Trail 256
62 John Muir Trail: Bishop Pass Trail to Piute Pass Trail 266
Appendices 277
I Backpacks Features Chart 278
II Dayhikes Features Chart 281
III
Highest Peaks in the Sierra Nevada 284
Largest Giant Sequoias in Sequoia and Kings Canyon 285
IV The Bear Facts and Other Animal Concerns 286
V Minimum Impact Stock Regulations for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 290
VI Nonprofit Organizations 292
VII List of Abbreviations 293
VIII Quick Guide to Frequently Called Numbers and Websites 294
Bibliography and Suggested Reading 296
Index 299
About the Author 305
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