Scenic USA - California

Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of historic sites, points of interest, and a large
sampling of America's parklands. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Rae Lakes Basin

Rae Lakes Basin - John Muir Trail - California

Photos by Rob Jones
Wilderness Vagabond Trip Reports

     As the John Muir Trail journey continues southward through Kings Canyon National Park, the peaceful march is interrupted by local hikers entering from the Woods Creek Trail. The only access to King Canyon is through the Monarch Wilderness, and along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Local backcountry The blue grouse is 15 to 21 inches in length. The male blue grouse is gray to bluish-gray with a red to yellow-orange comb over its eyesaccess begins at Road's End in King Canyon National Park. From here, would be adventurers don their hiking gear and begin on a six day, 44 mile loop hike that leads through Paradise Valley, along Woods Creek, southward to Rae and Kearsarge lakes, and back to the trail head following Bubbs Creek.
     The Rae Lakes Loop Hike is one of the most popular hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and trail quotas fill up fast. Itís common that campsite stays are limited to two nights, and no campfires are permitted at high altitudes. This is also bear country, were food scented items are placed in bear-resistant containers.
     Along with all these inconveniences comes incredible scenery. Thereís no blog or photo gallery to prepare for the magnificent overhead view of Rae Lakes and neighboring Sixty Lakes Basin. Fresh caught trout for dinner, crisp mountain air, and this High Sierra backdrop add up to an experience thatís hard to top.



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