California's Southwestern Sierra

Location: 270 miles southwest of San Francisco, CA and 230 miles north of Los Angeles, CA

Featured Hikes

The Great Western Divid from Alta Peak.

Alta Peak

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.

Alta peak rises above the southern end of Pear Lake.

Lakes Trail - Heather, Emerald and Pear Lakes

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.).

Lower Monarch Lake

Monarch Lake

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.

Lower Franklin Lake

Franklin Lakes

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.

Base Camp Information: Lodgepole / Mineral King