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 a tremendous 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 take pleasure in close to solitude, granite crag, and alpine lakes at each flip. To start out, the ascent is steep. You spend the primary 7.5 miles climbing 6,000 ft, 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 laborious half!
Now, you should use this as a basecamp, as a result of you may have a number of day hikes accessible. 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. Carry your favourite route-finding units and expertise as you possibly can actually make your personal journey at 10,000+ ft. At this level, you could not see anybody, so soak your ft in a lake, go for a swim, or simply benefit from the serene landscapes that the Sierras present.
Must you need to make a loop of it, you possibly can decide 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 snug with hitchhiking, or have two vehicles accessible 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, hearken to Damaged Laces‘ episode 1 on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, otherwise you favourite podcast supplier.