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Sequoia / Kings Canyon

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - Saturday, July 27, 2024 -- $1775 ★★★★

Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park is truly a land of Giants. The General Sherman Sequoia Tree is the largest tree in the world (by volume) and is between 1800 and 2700 years old. We will see immense and rare giant sequoias in one of their few remaining groves, as these old growth redwood behemoths have fortunately been preserved. You will walk through groves of leviathan trees that are centuries or even millenia old and can grow more than 300' tall.

Kings Canyon is a beautiful Sierra woonderland with towering mountains, thundering waterfalls and rugged pulchritude. The solitude in this true wilderness is inescapable. Furthermore, we will hike several miles along the famed John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, possibly meeting several long distance hikers along the way (you will smell them before you see them).

Our journey will begin in Sequoia National Park near the iconic General Sherman Tree. We will walk among the giant sequoias and then head deep into the remote backcountry of Kings Canyon. We'll do a grand loop (partially known as the Big SEKI loop) from Bearpaw over to the John Muir Trail to Kaweah Gap (whatever that is) to Little 5 Lakes, over Black Rock Pass at 11,700' and back to Bearpaw before ending our journey in Sequoia National Park. Trail.

Come walk through time in the amazing canyons of Kings Canyon. We may see black bears, big horn sheep, yellow bellied marmots, mule deer, pika, short tailed-weasels and the ubiquitous golden mantled squirrel, so why not join us this summer?

Topographical Map of Proposed Route

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Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures into the 80s at times and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 90s and night temps as low as 30. We will almost certainly experience a violent afternoon thunderstorm or two (they last 90 minutes). Here is the historical weather.

Probable Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Rick Romine
Any Other Guide(s) TBD


The trails through Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park are well groomed with good footing. However, elevation gain and loss can be dramatic. Furthermore, most days are relatively high mileage for a Fitpacking trip, making this trek difficult at times. But it will also be rewarding, with incredible continually changing scenery that few ever get to see.


$1775 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 1 hotel night. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Fresno, CA (FAT), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 1 hotel night, 1 night in a frontcountry campground, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits and 2 awesome guides.

Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.


Both the first and last days of this trip are longer hikes than any other Fitpacking trip to date.

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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Fly or drive into Fresno, CA (FAT). Some time between 9AM - 2PM is the ideal time to arrive, but if you have been on our trips and have had your virtual equipment shakedown, you can arrive later.

Note: Flights to Fresno can be expensive, so book early. It's possible that someone else will drive in from Oakland (3+ hours) so we might be able to arrange a carpool if you decide to do this.

Take the free airport shuttle to our local hotel

We will assemble at: TBD, To Be Determined

Mini-equipment shakedown. We reiterate the virtual shakedown you did pre-trip.

Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar from our surfeit of ingredients

"Before" body composition measurements taken

If you have forgotten or overlooked gear, we may take a trip to REI, 7810 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, (559) 261-4168

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and placed in storage

If you drove, vehicles may be left at Hotel. However, the hotel may charge you a fee and assumes no responsibility for your car's security and will have you sign a document saying so.

At around 3PM, shuttle to campsite: TBD, To Be Determined Site(s) TBD

Guides prepare dinner in camp. On some trips with longer shuttle times, we may opt to go out for an opening dinner at a local restaurant. (Cost of restaurant dinner not included in trip price)

Camp at TBD, To Be Determined Site(s) TBD

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Take park shuttle to General Sherman Tree Trailhead, elevation 6919'

Hike 3.6 uphill miles past many leviathan sequoia trees to the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park, elevation 7600'

Hike 6.9 steep downhill miles then steep uphill on the High Sierra Trail to Buck Creek, elevation 7550'

Camp at Buck Creek, elevation 7550'

Miles today: 10.5 miles. Total to Date: 10.5 miles

Possible Bailout: General's Highway'

Monday, July 22, 2024

Hike 4.3 miles on the High Sierra Trail to the Big SEKI Loop Trail, elevation 7390'

Turn right and hike 4.9 uphill miles on the High Sierra Trail / Big SEKI Loop Trail to Upper Hamilton Lake, elevation 9825'

Camp at Upper Hamilton Lake, elevation 9825'

Miles today: 9.2. Total miles: 19.7

Possible bailout: One day away

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Hike 4.7 miles up and over Kaweah Gap (10,689') on the High Sierra Trail / Big SEKI Loop Trail to the Blackrock Pass Trail, elevation 9550'

Hike 2.8 uphill miles on the Black Rock Pass Trail to a trail intersection by Little 5 Lakes, elevation 10,700'

Hike 2.7 miles to one of the Big 5 Lakes, elevation 10,200'

Camp at one of the Big 5 Lakes, elevation 10,200'

Miles today: 10.2. Total miles: 29.9

Possible bailout: Two days away

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Hike 2.7 miles back to Little 5 Lakes, elevation 10,700'

Hike 7.0 all-day downhill miles on the Black Rock Pass Trail to Cliff Creek, elevation 7490'

Dispersed Camp near Cliff Creek, elevation 7490'

Miles today: 9.7. Total miles: 39.6

Possible bailout: Mineral King, but it's far

Thursday, July 25, 2024

Hike 8.8 miles on the Black Rock Pass Trail to the High Sierra Trail, elevation 7800'. This includes an 1800' climb and 1400' descent.

Hike 2.3 miles on the High Sierra Trail to Buck Creek, elevation 7550'

Camp at Buck Creek, elevation 7550'

Miles today: 11.1. Total miles: 50.7

Possible bailout: Mineral King, but it's far

Friday, July 26, 2024

Hike 2.4 miles on the High Sierra Trail to the Alta High Sierra Trail, elevation 7680'

Hike 3.1 primarily uphill miles on the Alta High Sierra Trail to the Panther Gap Trail, elevation 8520'

Hike 2.7 downhill miles on the Panther Gap Trail to Wolverton, elevation 7275'

End of hiking

Miles today: 8.2. Total miles: 58.9

Possible bailout: Wolverton

Take a park shuttle back to our vehicle(s)

Shuttle back to local hotel: TBD, To Be Determined

Gather your off-trail items from storage

After body composition measurements taken

Dinner and awards ceremony at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)

Stay in our local hotel (included in trip cost)

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Take free airport shuttle or we will pay for a shared cab/Uber

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