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Kings Canyon NP | High Sierra Backpacker

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backpacking Kings Canyon National Park.

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SEKI WARNS: Lots of Snow on the South Sierra Crest & Flanks

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Seasonal News of Note

Buried
Sherman Tree Parking Area and Comfort Station
Sherman Tree Parking Area and Comfort Station, Image by SEKI, NPS.
Image by SEKI, NPS.

 

Lots of Snow on the Sierra Crest & Flanks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Expect Some Late Facility Openings Due to Heavy Snowpack and Hazard Trees,
Sequoia National Park, April 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Expectations
"...have become accustomed to the light winters that the drought has produced."

Reality
"...Sequoia and Kings Canyon is 153% of normal."

Caution
"Azalea Campground closed on Tuesday, April 2, due to the large number of hazard trees in the campground."

"In an abundance of caution for park visitors, crews are working to address these tree hazards before facilities open for the season."

"...there are currently no open campgrounds in Kings Canyon."

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2018 Mountain Safety News, Drowning in Kaweah River

 

Mountain Safety

Drowning in Kaweah River

A Sign of Dangerous Fording Conditions

NPS Report

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2018 SEKI Permit Restrictions: Professional Four & Two Leg Guide Permit Woes

 

SEKI
2018 Permit Restrictions

Professional Four & Two Leg Guide Permit Woes

SEKI LIMITS STOCK PERMITS,
The Sheet, February 10, 2018, PDF, p. 6.

Mule Packers

"... instituting new, lower quotas for user days, for commercial stock, and for back-country pack stations."

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Oct 2017 High Sierra News: BODIES OF CRASH VICTIMS RECOVERED FROM KINGS RIVER

 

 

Long Difficult Recovery

Result of Biggest Snopack & Runoff in Memory

BODIES OF CRASH VICTIMS RECOVERED FROM KINGS RIVER,
Kaweah Commonwealth, October 17, 2017.

 

earlier October recovery report

earlier September recovery report

 

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Mountain Safety: Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 22, 2017.

Fall injury Sawtooth Pass

Fall injury Little Claire Lake

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Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

 

Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

CRASH VICTIMS RECOVERED FROM KINGS RIVER,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 9, 2017.

Previous Reports

Last

Whole Story

 

Mountain Safety News

 

 

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Safety Incidents & Rescues at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, August 2017

 

SEKI

 

Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 1, 2017.

 

Broken leg assisted rescue

Heil-evac from Crabtree Ranger Station

Stroke heli evac

Hamstring heli-evac from McClure Meadow

Climber above Bishop Pass: complex rescue

 

High Sierra Moutain Safety News

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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

 This is the comments, questions, and supplemental information catch-all page for the  Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum.

Post up your information or your need for information.

Here's some information:

Trail Section Index

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Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal Backpacker Forum

This is the supplemental information, references, and comments page for the Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trails.

In this same forum we will explore the loops and alternative routes along this section of the trail, such as the North-South and Rae Lakes Loops.

This forum and the South end of the guide below Tuolumne Meadows are under construction. The trails above are in draft form.

Tral Guide Index

Miles and Elevations

Maps

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Weather Image: Palasides submerged in heavy clouds, Kings Canyon NP, John Muir Trail

Weather Image: Palasides submerged under heavy clouds, Kings Canyon NP, John Muir Trail just North of Mather Pass and South of the Palisades Lakes.

Heavy tropical moisture covering the Palisades just North of Mather Pass on the John Muir Trail.

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Weather Image: Rain into Ionian Basin past Wanda Lake, Evolution Basin

Weather Image: Rain into Ionian Basin past Wanda Lake, Evolution Basin. Kings Canyon National Park, John Muir Trail.

Rain into the Ionian Basin beyond Wanda Lake, Evolution Basin, Kings Canyon National Park. 

Expect Summer rain and thunderstorms.

 

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Backpacking Kids Crossing the Sierra Video: Darwin Bench and Lamark Col

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High Sierra Backpacking Kids

I really enjoyed this video of a mixed group of kids and adults making a crossing of the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains from West to East. Check it out. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I believe it's really instructive as to the potential of kid backpackers.

Video Two: 
Darwin Bench
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Can you name this famous Southern Sierra Lake?

Hint: This lake sits at the Southern end of the John Muir Trail.

 Name It!

Next hint: This lake plays all my sierra favorites.

Final Hint:  Without this lake's namesake, Purple Haze and Ramble On would have been a whole lot different...

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Kings Canyon National Park: Early Tree Blazes in Evolution Meadow

Thurs, August 20. Evolution Valley, Kings Canyon National Park. Echo Davenport, an archeologist from Yosemite, and her assistant, Mary Lee were surveying early tree blazes in Evolution Meadow carved by sheep and cattle grazers in the 19th Century. 

Mary Lee and Echo Davenport point out early tree blaze

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Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Examiner, August 3, 2010
 

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As a long-distance four-season solo backpacker this reminds me of why I always leave a detailed trip plan with a reliable person.

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