Copper Creek Path, Kings Canyon NP – as featured in Episode 1 of Damaged Laces: A Hiker’s Podcast
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Most who arrive at Roads Finish Ranger Station in Kings Canyon Nationwide Park find yourself doing the favored Rae Lakes loop, which in of itself, is an incredible Sierra Nevada path.
For a extra strenuous and less-traveled hike, head to the Copper Creek trailhead.
This isn’t a day-hike. You’ll put the hassle in at the start to get pleasure from close to solitude, granite crag, and alpine lakes at each flip. To begin, the ascent is steep. You spend the primary 7.5 miles climbing 6,000 toes, gaining nice views of the valley beneath (together with the Sphinx) till you attain the Lip. At that time, be at liberty to go off path and discover a campsite at a close-by lake (ex. Grouse Lake). You simply did the exhausting half!
Now, you need to use this as a basecamp, as a result of you have got a number of day hikes out there. Spend a while at Granite Lake perched by itself plateau, or comply with the ridge line alongside Goat Crest and throughout a number of glacial alpine lakes. Convey your favourite route-finding gadgets and expertise as you may really make your personal journey at 10,000+ toes. At this level, chances are you’ll not see anybody, so soak your toes in a lake, go for a swim, or simply benefit from the serene landscapes that the Sierras present.
Do you have to need to make a loop of it, you may choose up basecamp and end out Kennedy Canyon, the place you’ll find yourself again at Cedar Grove Village. You’ll be a number of miles away out of your automobile, so both be comfy with hitchhiking, or have two automobiles out there to shuttle your self from trailhead to trailhead.
For the complete story on how two intermediate hikers ready for this hike and the way they tackled this path, take heed to Damaged Laces‘ episode 1 on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, otherwise you favourite podcast supplier.