Trailhead Elevation: 3,680 ft
Top Elevation: 5,200 ft.
Total Gain: 1520 ft.
Distance: 9 miles r/t
This was an early season backpack with Clay and Rachel. We got a late start out of Los Angeles, just about normal. We had a crazy drive up a small dirt road into Sequoia National Park, arriving at the trailhead campground around 230am. We settled into our respective tents and hit the hay for a nice 4 hour sleep. Woke up and had bacon, eggs, and instant coffee. it was tasty.
The trail wasn’t too crazy. It had a pretty steady incline with a few switchbacks but overall it was moderate hiking. We stopped several times to admire the river and take in some of the fresh mountain air! After about 4 hours we reached our destination, Whiskeylog Camp along the South fork of the Kaweah river. We setup camp and explored a bit.
We cooked our traditional freeze-dried dinners and enjoyed some whiskey and good laughs. I crawled into my nice warm sleeping bag and had a nice sleep, as always in the mountains!
I woke up in the morning and stared at the roof of my tent. I could see the outline of what appeared to be snow! Sure enough, after gazing out of my door, I realized it had snowed a few inches overnight! It’s a very magical felling to wake up in the mountains with snow around your tent. It definitely made the trip for me! We enjoyed a light breakfast and then broke camp down. The hike back to the car was smooth and relaxing. Another successful trip!!