From Rachel Lake you can access further adventures at Rampart Lakes, Lila Lakes and Alta Peak. Alta Peak Trail. The first time I was there there was too much snow even though I went in July, so I didn't get less than 100 yards from the summit. 24-25 Dec 2004 - by Rob Yang. But, it’s on my list. Because of its popularity, this is the only trail in Sequoia and Kings Canyon that does not have reservable overnight permits. Located 37 miles east-northeast of Visalia California. Fall colors just at or beyond peak now. Permits are only first come first serve, and they are available beginning at 1pm the day before your hike at the Lodgepole Visitor Center (I suggest arriving a little earlier to get in line!) Consider continuing north (right) from the Rampart Lakes – Lake Lila junction for a scramble up Alta Peak to spectacular views from Rainier to Glacier Peak. The 2020 permit quota season ended on 9/19. Admittedly, I haven’t done this hiking trail yet. No bugs or snow. Anabanana42 - Aug 2, 2018 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2018 Wilderness Permit Tips (Alta Peak 7/16) BLUF: If you get a wilderness permit and pay online, you must then email that payment confirmation to the ranger office. The trail to the left leads to the peak, while the main trail continues east to Alta Meadow. The Alta Peak Trail is a showcase of grand panoramic vistas, most dramatically in the last mile and a half before the peak. Reaching these amazing views involves a long, strenuous climb gaining almost 4,000-ft. in 6.9 miles. Description: Though strenuous, this Sequoia hiking trail to Alta Peak is considered by many to be one of the best day hikes in Sequoia National Park. The rocky environment around the peak is strikingly beautiful, with sights that are unique to the alpine environment such as some fascinating alpine flowers and the rare Foxtail Pine (a long-lived relative of the Bristlecone Pine, the world’s oldest trees). Natural light illuminates Alta Peak’s bright and airy studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment homes. Time: Approximately 7 to 8 hours, round-trip. Lodgepole Visitor Center 7:00am-3:30pm daily. Alta Peak – 13 miles. There are plenty of places to get clean water in this section of the trail. 5 hours), Lodgepole Visitors Center to pick up permits. This time of year water comes down the trail washing the roots and rocks and forming shallow mud holes. Camping is not permitted at Heather Lake, but backpacking permits are available for Emerald and Pear Lakes, 5.7 miles and 6.7 miles respectively from the trailhead. After enjoying the views form 45 minutes, we continue our mission for the day, which is to summit Alta Peak and come back to Panther Gap to camp for the night. Excellent opportunity to do a side trip on the Lakes Trail or Alta Peak before meeting up with the High Sierra Trail. (The left side of the fork leads to Alta Meadows.) It can be done as a long day hike, but is more easily enjoyed as a side trip from an overnight at Lila Lake, Rampart Lakes, or even Rachel Lake. Alta Peak is 11,204’ and is a ~14 mile out and back. Outside of our quota season you still need a … Disability placard and winter parking for Sherman Tree. This hike is a popular weekend overnight destination; so don’t expect to be by yourself in high season. This trail takes you to the top of Alta Peak (only 11,000+ feet tall), gaining over 3,000 feet in elevation along the way. The path less taken is the Alta Peak Trail (right), although the Pear Lake trail (left) is an important one for winter travelers. It’s mostly uphill. Alta Peak. Beyond the junction with the Seven Mile Hill Trail, which connects the High Sierra and Alta Trails, the trail crosses the steep slopes and bluffs of the south side of Alta Meadow and Alta Peak. 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