This route is longer and flatter. As you might expect the views from the shore are quite awesome. At around 2 total miles, you’ll see a creek surrounded by grasses and willow. The mountain views are unbelievable! Horseshoe Lake is, not surprisingly, shaped like a horseshoe. Turn-by-turn from the Crescent Meadow trailhead. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) 12/10 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. Looming just above the lake is 13,176-foot Mt. Broad Creek S of Keeley Lake, N of Meadow Lake 3,000 (town) Ed's Lake Km 134, Hwy #955 2,800 Greenbush River 20 km W of Hudson Bay (town) 7,000 Jackfish Creek SW of Glaslyn 4,000 Junction Lake Jct Hwy #2 & #165 2,500 Lussier Lake Km 77, Hwy #102 3,500 Nipawin Lake Narrow Hills … Heading out, we completed the loop. Alta Meadows and Pear Lake Introduction Explore Sequoia National Park’s spectacular high country with this outstanding loop through some of the most beautiful areas in the Sierra Nevada. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. A mile further we reach deservedly popular Pear Lake where we will set up camp and enjoy our last night’s meal around a blazing campfire. 5.6: Arrive at Emerald Lake to the right of the trail and views of Aster Lake, Tokopah Valley to the left of the trail. Just past the phenomenal Mumford Meadow are two quaint lakes, Horseshoe and Ward Lakes. On this trip we were able to follow the trail all the way to the lower pond, about 6.5 miles from the trailhead. DIFFICULT 6.8 mi. 7. Copeland, and almost directly to the west is 13,138-foot Ogalalla Peak. You can tell you've reached John's Meadow, by the change in the soil. Crescent Meadow is also the western end of the High Sierra Trail that runs for nearly 60 miles east to Mount Whitney. Phone: (559) 565-3341. Groves of these massive trees are scattered throughout the park, along easy walking trails and many perched along the roadside. A fun overnight backpack and bushwhack. Feeling the elevation, the grade picks up also to quickly gain 300 feet. Pear Lake is 6.50 miles from the Finch Lake Trailhead. Lewis Creek Trail: Begins at the Lewis Creek … Access to Middle Fork of the Kings River. There's so much to do here at Pear Lake that you need to camp here for a while, Crescent Mining Camp is … This trail goes by Meadow Creek Shelter. 56. Designated campsites at Pear and Emerald Lakes are snow free. John Muir Trail, Day 12: Evolution Lake to Palisade Creek (via Muir Pass and Hut) – JMT mile 141 By thepurpleninja on Saturday, December 19, 2020 September 1, 2020 To Bearpaw and exit at Crescent Meadow. Crescent Creek enters the meadow at the south end, and a trail also leads to Log Meadow, which sits just east of Crescent Meadow. Just past Lake Wenatchee, turn left (west) onto Forest Road 65 and follwo it to its end. Every time you head up a ridge, you see a couple new lakes connected by creeks to the lake you just saw. Started from Worthen Meadow Reservoir and went counter-clockwise via Twin Lakes to the Stough Creek Basin (Stough Creek Lakes Basin? Circle Meadows via Congress Trail is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. It is less rocky and more loamy. 5.6: Arrive at Emerald Lake to the right of the trail and views of Aster Lake, Tokopah Valley to the left of the trail. Had made an attempt in June but too much snow above 3500' along the Meadow Creek so lost the trail and found out, on this trip, the trail is not shown correctly on Gaia GPS. Because of its unique shape a small peninsula juts into the lake. Lakes Trail to Pear Lake Photo by Jason. 1) Take the High Sierra Trail 10.6 miles east, threading together lodgepole pine forest, alpine meadows, and big views of the Great Western Divide high above the Middle Fork Kaweah River gorge, to Bearpaw Meadow High Sierra Camp. Washington Trails Association Close. After some water filtration duties at Pear Lake, we continued on the Lakes Trail, towards the Watchtower Trail, as we made our way back to camp in Mehrten Meadow via Panther Gap. The Meadow Creek trail starts out in heavy forest with a bit of growth around the trail. Posted by 1 month ago. The smoke and haze got progressively worse as we traversed down from Vidette Meadow to Junction Meadow. Last updated: September 29, 2020. 5. Up Big Arroyo over Kaweah Gap camp at Hamilton Lakes. The hike to Tharp's Log, the former abode of Hale Tharp, is only a mile from the meadow as well. All three have bear boxes. Pear Lake via Meadow Creek Had made an attempt in June but too much snow above 3500' along the Meadow Creek so lost the trail and found out, on this trip, the trail is … Over Black Rock Pass to camp at Little Five Lakes. Copper Creek Trail: Begins at Road's End. Rocky Mountain National Park: Pear Lake via Finch Lake Trail. After Grizzly, the trail meanders and undulates a bit before dropping to Janus Lake at 4,100 feet. 6. Cripple Creek Tr. Finch Lake Trail then take you to Pear Lake Trail. Mehrten Creek has some great shaded campsites if you’re looking to break up the mileage a bit. Set up camp at the designated 12 campsites. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. The Ten Mile Creek parcel is nestled between Fort Harrison and Spring Meadow Lake State Park, and was once slated for subdivision, Hollow said. Sequoia National Park – Heather and Pear Lakes via Watchtower Trail Sequoia National Park in California’s Southern Sierra Nevadas is home of the largest trees on earth, the Giant Sequoia. 6.75: Arrive at Pear Lake. Pearl Lake is a pretty subalpine lake located in the Lick Creek Mountains, just north of McCall Idaho. Pear Lake via Meadow Creek, Snowall Cradle Lake & Jack Creek. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Forests, vistas, alpine lakes. Washington Trails Association Pear Lake looking especially inviting 6/30/20. From the trailhead, start downhill on the dusty trail. The Rock Creek crossing at Nathan's Meadow is reported at 3'-4' deep and swift; alternate crossigns exist both up … I was happy to find a PCT trail volunteer at Stevens Pass who was making beer, water, soda and food available for free to PCT hikers. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. At roughly 6.1 miles hikers will cross over Pear Creek, and in just three-tenths of a mile will finally reach Pear Lake. At higher elevations Swift Creek meanders through large luscious meadows, the largest of which is Mumford Meadow. To continue to Moose Lake, we headed east across the meadow and then through the open forest towards a ridge. A beer was a welcome treat. Length: 11.8 mi • Est. Spend a Week Exploring Lakes and Valleys along Bear Creek. Many downed trees, all are stock passable. ... a rustic shelter built in the late 1930s. The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike. Fortune Ponds, Pear Lake via Meadow Creek, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nabuckley/albums/72157715635339892. Heading to the back of the basin was outstanding and, visually speaking, the highlight of the trip. 2) Next day, stay on the trail 1.6 miles. CO-7 to Co Rd 90 to S Skinner Rd to Meadow Mountain Dr to Allenspark Trailhead. When it is closed you will need to use the Hump Trail to access Heather, Aster, Emerald, and Pear Lakes. 6.4 miles from the trailhead, we finally arrived right as the golden light started to hit the top of the mountains and create the most perfect reflection in Pear Lake, the largest lake … The second stretch is exposed alpine terrain. July 20-21, 2012. 12/3 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. Hot, steep climb; leave early in the day or late in the evening. The trail doesn't seem to gain any obvious elevation, but it does gain about 900 ft from Crescent Meadow to Mehrton Creek. Due to rapidly changing conditions associated with the mountain pine beetle infestation and resulting dead trees that pose potential hazards, our requirements and regulations associated with campsites and camping are also changing rapidly. 7/20 - Conditions on the Pass are unchanged since the 7/1 report. The trail rises quickly from the road, and doesn't really let up until you reach the Fortune Ponds meadows, which was spectacularly beautiful. Note: This is an alternate exit that requires backtracking several miles or leaving the PCT before White Pass, but, at 1.5 hours between trailheads, it is a shorter car shutt… Why you should go: This popular overnight trek is perfect for newer backpackers, ... crossing a few creeks and climbing through oak and pine trees as you ascend towards the sequoias of Redwood Meadow. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. It crosses to the west side of the creek at about 3700'. There are very nice campsites at Janus but the flies were very bad. Located near Pear Lake at the end of the Pear Lake Trail and about 3 linear miles directly east of the Lodgepole Visitor Center on Generals Highway. The flies were really, really bad. From the ponds the trail climbs steeply to a gap, after which it descends to Pear Lake. This “Passive” recreation area has several miles of trails to explore, a “Wildlife Watchpost” with a green roof overlooking an ephemeral wetland, both a xeric with pavilion and a butterfly demonstration garden, an observation pavilion, a nature center with a geology lab, Bluebird Box Trail, 50 acres of Scrub Jay restoration, and five acres of meadow restoration. DIFFICULT 6.7 mi. Turn-by-turn from the Crescent Meadow trailhead. From here, you’ll climb nearly 1,000 feet along Wolverton Creek and a million-year-old moraine deposited by the Tokopah Glacier. I decided to forgo the wade in favor of a scuttling across on a log. Lewis Creek Trail: Begins at the Lewis Creek … Pear Lake Backcountry Campsite. Drive SR 2 to Coles Corner and turn north onto SR 207. Finch Lake and Pear Lake via Allenspark Trail [CLOSED] is a 12 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Seattle, WA 98104. Search Trail Q&A for Cache Meadows via Cripple Creek Loop Hike; Guidebooks that cover this hike . For overnight, you'll need to get a permit but there are beautiful camping spots available at both Emerald Lake and Pear Lake. Very nice. Heather Lake is … There are two ways to get to Lilly Pad Lake. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 We stayed relatively high and had a bit of a rough time in some parts of the woods due to the steepness of the grade. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Plenty of little side streams on the trail and mud. It is a good day hike or overnight destination. There are pit toilets at Emerald Lake and campgrounds (permit required). Length … Got a really nice view of East Vidette. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Started a three day backpack on Monday, departing on the Pear Lake via Meadow Creek trail. The shortest and easiest route to the lakes is via the Lakes Trail, ... High Sierra Trail Day 1 — Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek. Access to Middle Fork of the Kings River. Forests, vistas, alpine lakes. ... and it was all happy-happy-joy-joy till the intersection with the Meadow Creek trail, about 5mi into the hike. Was thinking Marble Falls Trail or Heather Lake via Watchtower Trail. This is a sub-alpine meadow, with brambles, manzanita and pine trees. Day 4: Stough Creek Basin to Worthen Meadow via the Stough Creek Lakes Trail. They didn't bother me too much as I was hiking, but immediately upon stopping I was swarmed. The trail is seldom used but has good tread to follow with only a few areas that need brushing back. This section of the trail was miserable in that it was very hot, there was no wind, and the flies were abominable. There is, also, a good size root ball blocking the trail about .6 miles from the junction. There is 1 individual site and no privy. 703 (USFS) Cache Meadow Trail #702 (USFS) Cripple Creek Trail 703 (Trail Advocates) Cache Meadow Trail 702 (Trail Advocates) Cripple Creek Lake (Cascade Ramblings) Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. There are a few good sized logs (2.5 and 3 feet diameter) down on the way to Janus Lake but no snow until you get to the lake. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Rock Creek crossing near Rock Creek Lake is 1-2" feep and moderately swift. Copper Creek Trail: Begins at Road's End. The trail rises quickly from the road, and doesn't really let up until you reach the Fortune Ponds meadows, which was spectacularly beautiful. Make a right .1 mile later at the Lodgepole Trail junction to continue on the Lakes Trail. 4. Pear Lake sits nestled below Mount Copeland (on the right) with Elk Tooth to the south. Meadow Creek Shelter via Lakeshore Trail. Not recommended for stock. As you begin to make your way up to Luther Pass on SR 89, you’ll come around a significant bend in the road that veers left. Counterclockwise via the Big Meadow Trail (in the direction of Round Lake): From the Big Meadow/Scott’s Lake signpost, travel approximately 1.5 miles along the Big Meadow Trail. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) 6/5 – Watchtower Trail is clear of snow and open. I planned to spend one more night on the way at Janus Lake. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) 12/10 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. Day one From the trailhead at the end of Wolverton Road, ascend concrete steps to the well-signed Lakes Trail, heading north. 6 h 43 m. A short section of the trail that lies past the Watchtower/Hump trail intersection is closed for the winter months annually due to icy conditions and steep cliffs. United States ... Lake Chelan via Lakeshore Trail. 1) Take the High Sierra Trail 10.6 miles east, threading together lodgepole pine forest, alpine meadows, and big views of the Great Western Divide high above the Middle Fork Kaweah River gorge, to Bearpaw Meadow High Sierra Camp. A creek in Pear Lake Basin (photo by Zach Schmaus) The approach from Boot Lake to Pear Lake winds alongside a number of flowing creeks that, every now and then, cascade over rocks and logjams. Seattle, WA 98104. It is an example of the National Park Service Rustic style, using rough masonry and a log roof structure. Obtain water from Pear Creek. The joy was short lived as I was soon at the ford of Jack Creek. First allowed campsite - Lower Tent Meadow (4 miles). Lots of pretty scenery presents itself on this hike, and although we didn’t see any large wildlife today, birds sing almost the entire way. Crescent Creek enters the meadow at the south end, and a trail also leads to Log Meadow, which sits just east of Crescent Meadow. Bear Creek is an avenue to adventure. The large creek is running well and beautiful. The 1st camp is at 9-Mile Creek - this creek is not labeled as such, but is referred to as 9-Mile because it is 9 miles in. From Buck, the trail climbs 600 ft to Bearpaw Meadow. 6.2: Continue straight (slight right) at the Pear Lake Ranger Station split off. We decided we would cap the day at 9 miles and aim to camp at 9 Mile Creek, aptly named. 9/6 Day 5, Junction Meadow to Bubbs Creek Trailhead - Worst smoky day thus far. Kudos to him for taking the time to help out PCTers. We stayed relatively high and had a bit of a rough time in some parts of the woods due to the steepness of the grade. When I arrived at my campsite, it had a fire ring and there was kindling and larger pieces of wood conveniently stacked neatly by the fire ring. ... 7/16 - via Rowell Meadow: Trails are in good condition. Fished and ate. Meadow Creek is a easy going river valley walk up to Fortune Ponds, a tranquil stop in its own right. There frequently are jets and jet engine noise overhead. Bench Lake, Le Conte Canyon, McClure Meadow, Rae Lakes, and Charlotte Lake. DIRECTIONS to Trailhead: From the Mill Creek Ranger Station, Jenks Lake Road is about 30 min (depending on how fast you drive). The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. EASY 3.3 mi. ... (suggestions welcome!) Mailing Address: 47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers, CA 93271 . The second is via the Meadow Creek Trailhead, which is found down a dirt road paralleling I-70 from the first Frisco exit (heading west). Sequoia National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California.The park was established on September 25, 1890 to protect 404,064 acres (631 sq mi; 163,519 ha; 1,635 km 2) of forested mountainous terrain. Meadow Creek Shelter via Lakeshore Trail. This 12.4-mile out-and-back sweeps under a giant evergreen forest to a blossoming burn zone, then ends at an alpine lake perfect for stargazing. Meadow Creek to Fortune Ponds and Pear Lake A lightly traveled trail through the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wildernesses. The hike begins at Wolverton Meadows, adjacent to Giant Forest, home of the … Started a three day backpack on Monday, departing on the Pear Lake via Meadow Creek trail. I woke up to frost on my tent but sitting above my favorite lake on the Pacific … There are climpses of the hills and granite outcroppings across the Tokopah Valley. Trip Report By. Crescent Meadow is also the western end of the High Sierra Trail that runs for nearly 60 miles east to Mount Whitney. There were some larger horse flies as well. The hike to Tharp's Log, the former abode of Hale Tharp, is only a mile from the meadow as well. Set up camp at the designated 12 campsites. Traction devices (micro-spikes) strongly recommended. From the ponds the trail climbs steeply to a gap, after which it descends to Pear Lake. Parking Directions for Scotts Lake Hiking Trail: Travel west on HWY 50 from South Lake Tahoe and south on SR 89 out of Meyers. Afoot & Afield: Portland/Vancouver by Douglas Lorain More Links . Strenuous minus due to distance. The next day I set out heading south, now on the PCT, for Stevens Pass. Set out from the Bear Creek Diversion Dam near Lake Thomas A. Edison. That being said, the expansive meadows at the summit of Grizzly were glorious. In all it ended up being an eighteen mile day in just under 8 hours, with a nice little lunch break at Pear Lake. EASY 4.2 mi. Hike to Pear Lake. The site is located just below treeline at the base of Copeland Mountain in a spruce- fir forest. Leaving the creek behind, the elevation slowly builds again. The stars were spectacular. (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/heather-lake-and-pear-lake-via-hump-trail-winter-route) All the lakes on the trail are beautiful and have fish. There are no blocking trees over the trail. There is an entrance to the Big Meadow campground on the left. In total, the hike in took us around 5.5 hours, which included plenty of stops to take photos and explore the Watchtower. Or, move on to the next creek crossing (Buck) or to the backpacker camp at Bearpaw Meadow. Morgan and Kim Lewis Brown September 1-3, 2001 Sequoia Trips. Mineral King to Glacier Pass to Spring Lake. Turn left at the trail to Pear Lake. Pear Lake. cony creek, cony lake, copeland mountain, finch lake, hiking rocky mountain national park, hutcheson lakes, pear lake, wild basin, Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park ... Cony Lake via Finch Lake trail head: 9.2 miles one way, 3032 foot gain. Pear Lake via Hump and Watchtower is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail are essentially the same trail. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. 6.75: Arrive at Pear Lake. Pear Lake So many enjoyable things to do in the Sawatch Range, not sufficient time. I finally got the chance to backpack to Pear Lake, the final destination six miles in on the Lakes Trail. Hot, steep climb; leave early in the day or late in the evening. Pear Lake was a wonderful place to spend the night and the water was very nice for swimming. The first is via Ryan Gulch Road. Moose Lake via Watchtower and Pear Lakes Trails is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Edging past another meadow, the trail soon pushes above 10,000 feet. The one saving grace was that the flies abated at Pear Lake. Moore Point via Lakeshore Trail. Speaking of the fire, the ranger post at the trailhead said that campfires were permitted at Pear Lake within fire rings. Contact the Park. The easiest way to get to Pear Lake Trail is via the Allenspark trailhead taking Allenspark Trail to Finch Lake Trail. Note that Pear Lake appears to lie directly beneath the path of jets flying into SeaTac airport. Lots of wildflowers with busy insects this time of year, and the blueberries are ripe. Decades ago there was a trail from Alta Meadow to Moose Lake, but these days the maintained trail ends in the meadow. Length 12 mi Elevation gain 2329 ft Route type Out & back. I was able to sit comfortably by the fire without being bothered until late into the evening. 2) Next day, stay on the trail 1.6 miles. Did this trip over four days/three nights (July 24-27), taking a bunch of inexperienced kids from church with us (which is also why we ended up taking the route we took). To continue to Moose Lake, we headed east across the meadow and then through the open forest towards a ridge. Enjoyably done as a backpacking trip with a round trip distance of just over 16 miles and an elevation gain of nearly 3000 feet. 6.2: Continue straight (slight right) at the Pear Lake Ranger Station split off. From here, it is a set of steep switchbacks up and over Frozen Finger Gap to Pear Lake … It is reached via a scenic and easy hiking trail, making it a great destination for families with young kids. 2. The next day I quickly traveled the remaining 10 miles to Stevens, passing Lake Valhalla along the way. The scenery gradually improves as a rushing creek comes into earshot and the the trail crosses a small meadow. These were largely the smaller flies that for the most part didn't bite (though at times they did). Rosemarie Meadow. Heather Lake is … The campsites are across Pear Creek, the outlet, and then up to a shoulder that sits above the lake. 12/3 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. There are pit toilets at Emerald Lake and campgrounds (permit required). After 6 miles, join the John Muir Trail and follow it south into a playground of alpine lakes and streams. First allowed campsite - Lower Tent Meadow (4 miles). Since we didn't have a day to acclimate and our packs were the heaviest on this first day, we were definitely feeling the altitude. Decades ago there was a trail from Alta Meadow to Moose Lake, but these days the maintained trail ends in the meadow. It's not bad but if it's raining or heavy with dew you'll get wet from the knees down. After Pear Lake, the PCT drops about 700 feet to a saddle at 4,200 feet, and then climbs steeply to the summit of Grizzly Peak at 5,600 fees. The Pear Lake Ski Hut (also known as Pear Lake Winter Hut) was built in Sequoia National Park by the Civilian Conservation Corps during 1939-1941 using local Sierra granite and timber materials. The Pear Lake site is located 6.6 miles from Finch Lake Trailhead, or 7.3 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,582'. Traction devices (micro-spikes) strongly recommended. The final 350 feet from here come to an end at the eastern shores of Finch Lake, 10,600 feet. ), then home via the Stough Creek Lakes Trail. Central Cascades. Contact Us. I ended up going to bed a little after 8pm as the flies were simply too annoying to continue to endure. Once again, the payoffs of this hike were unbelievable, with multiple alpine lakes and stunning panoramas. We'll take advantage of the first available camping spot beside Merhton Creek just above a small meadow of the same name. Meadow Creek Trail To Pear Lake Overlook Then I drive back over the pass and parked around dinner time to hike in on the Meadow Creek Trail , the last few miles in the dark. Park Meadow and Golden Lake are located just north of Broken Top and east of South Sister. The junction to Top Lake is 0.7 miles away to the south and The Top Lake Trail (#1506) out to Forest Road 400 and Lake Wenatchee is another option for accessing Pear Lake. Pear Lake Twin Lakes Mineral King Eagle Lake Sawtooth Pass Timber Gap Cedar Grove Bubbs Creek Copper Creek Woods Creek. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. 9/5 Day 4, Upper Rae Lake to Junction Meadow - Completely clear at Glen Pass through Vidette Meadows. 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