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Franklin Lakes

Distance: 12.0 miles (round trip)

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, near Mineral King in California's Southwestern Sierra

Lower Franklin Lake

Lower Franklin Lake


This popular day hike climbs to Lower Franklin Lake, nestled in a scenic basin beneath the Great Western Divide. (full description)

  • Distance: 12.0 miles (round trip) to Franklin Lakes
  • Elevation: 7,790-ft. at Trailhead
    10,488-ft. at Franklin Lakes
  • Elevation Gain: 2,698-ft. to Franklin Lakes
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
  • Basecamp: Mineral King
  • Region: California's Southwestern Sierra

Why Hike Franklin Lakes

This popular day hike climbs to a scenic promontory above Lower Franklin Lake, providing a bird’s-eye view of this pretty lake nestled in a photogenic cirque beneath the towering peaks and ridges of the Great Western Divide. Along the way the trail climbs the lovely East Fork Kaweah Valley and then traverses the Franklin Creek drainage through colorful hillside covered in red, brown and orange metamorphic rock.

Beyond the lake the trail climbs to Franklin Pass, a crossing on the Great Western Divide, used by backpackers visiting the scenic lake basins on the eastern side of the divide.

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Elevation Profile

Franklin Lakes Elevation Profile

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