California's Southwestern Sierra
Location: 270 miles southwest of San Francisco, CA and 230 miles north of Los Angeles, CA
Distance: 13.8 miles (Round Trip)
Alta Peak offers some of the best views in the southern Sierras. From its lofty summit breath-taking vistas extend from the Sierra Crest, the Great Western Divide and the Kaweah Peaks to the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley.
Distance: 8.2 - 12.8 miles (Round Trip)
The Lakes Trail, one of the most popular hikes in Sequoia National Park, climbs through dense forest to a landscape of polished granite dotted with four beautiful lakes and set amid a backdrop of rugged ridges anchored by Alta Peak (11,204-ft.).
Distance: 9.0 miles (Round Trip)
Beautiful Monarch Lakes lie cradled in scenic bowl at the foot of Sawtooth and Mineral Peaks. A moderately-steep trail to the lake climbs through meadows, red fir forest and avalanche-scoured slopes and features fine views of the Mineral King valley.
Distance: 12.0 miles (Round Trip)
This popular day hike climbs to Lower Franklin Lake, nestled in a scenic basin beneath the Great Western Divide.
The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps
Giant sequoias, peaceful conifer forests, glistening lakes and dramatic mountain scenery tempt hikers to explore the southwestern Sierra Nevada Mountains around Lodgepole and Mineral King in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.