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Seavy Pass to Smedberg Lake via Bensen Lake
North Yosemite Backcountry
This forum is for comments, additions, corrections, and questions from the trail guide covering the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails backpacking South through the Seavy Pass Bowl to the descent to Bensen Lake in the North Yosemite Back Country.
From Bensen Lake this page covers the Southbound climb to Smedberg Lake on our way to cross over Bensen Pass.
The distance this page in the trail guide covers between the enterance to the Seavy Pass Bowl to down to Bensen Lake descends 1539 feet over 3.39 miles.
From Bensen Lake our combined Southbound TYT PCT route climbs 4.5 miles up 1859 feet of elevation up to Smedberg Lake. We can add at least a hundred feet of climbing elevation because of the descent we make following the Rodgers Canyon trail junction before again climbing to Smedberg.
Bensen Lake Loop
The trail junction in Kerrick Canyon leading over Seavy Pass to Bensen Lake is where Bensen Lake Loop hikers coming out of the Twin Lakes Trailhead in Hoover Wilderness meet up with our route on the TYT-PCT. We'll meet and hike with hikers on the Bensen Lake Loop for the next 15.23 miles, to the ford in Matterhorn Canyon.
Bensen Lake Loop hikers will continue hiking up Matterhorn Canyon back towards Twin Lakes while hikers on the Southbound TYT-PCT will ford and begin the hard climb up to Miller Lake.
This Segment of the TYT-PCT
Of the total 7.89 miles of travel over this segment covered by this trail guide page, .8 of a mile is taken up by hiking the .4 of a mile spur trail to and from the Bensen Lake trail junction on the PCT TYT route to Bensen Lake itself.
It's worth the walk. Consult the trail guide about the shortcut to Bensen Lake from the North.
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Trail Guide Page
Backpacking Topo Maps
Bensen Lake Loop
Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake 30 minute map
Miles and Elevations