A strenuous hike through the picturesque John Muir Wilderness, which includes multiple streams, waterfalls and a series of lakes to enjoy along the serene 11-mile, roundtrip trek within the Inyo National Forest just east of Kings Canyon National Park.
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- Heading to Big Pine from Los Angeles is incredibly straightforward considering the 4 hour drive it takes to get there from the city. You'll want to head up the I-5 North towards Sacramento before veering onto CA-14 North. Stay on the CA-14 North for 68 miles until the CA-14 North splits in the town of Mojave. Turn right staying on the CA-14 North/Midland Trail for another 48 miles before you merge with US-395 North. After the merge, there's still another 80 miles before you reach the town of Independence. Turn left onto West Market Street and continue for 13 miles heading along the road, which turns in to Onion Valley Road until you reach the parking lot for the trailhead. For parking, there are no restrictions except following the signs that say "No Parking" in specific spots. There's also a small restroom at the parking lot along with one being located at the Onion Valley campground, if needed.
- NOTE: The temperature for the hike (trailhead begins at 9,200 feet above sea level) may be much cooler than the temperature listed in the city of Independence, so keep this in mind when packing clothing to wear during the adventure.
- NOTE: This hike is located in bear country. Be sure to put any food you're planning to leave in the car in a zip-lock bags OR bring it along with you for the hike.
- NOTE: There are no permits required except if you're looking to backpack and camp at the lakes. If you're camping at the lakes, acquire a permit by visiting recreation.gov and enter the date(s) you plan to camp overnight.
- Begin at the Kearsarge Pass trailhead near Onion Valley Campground and work your way uphill.
- You'll reach a trail split shortly after beginning with a sign noting Kearsarge Pass and Golden Trout Lakes. Follow the arrow for Kearsarge Pass.
- After the split, you'll be greeted a short distance ahead by the sign designated the remainder of the hike within the John Nuir Wilderness. Immediately after the sign, you'll begin to hear the roaring rapids of the nearby waterfall and river.
- Eventually you'll hit the smaller, first lake named Little Pothole Lake, which offers a scenic view of the landscape.
- Continue to work your way up a series of grueling switchbacks until you reach the main ridge covered in boulders. As you reach the end of the ridge of boulders, the second lake called Gilbert Lake will appear before a sign noting a campground is 1,000 feet ahead of the lake.
- The third, and possibly most scenic of the lakes, Flower Lake will be a short distance ahead. If you're plan was to enjoy the water or relax along the trail, Flower Lake is definitely the location to enjoy the scenery.
- From Flower Lake, you can work your way further along the trail, gaining another 1,300 feet in elevation in order to make your way to Kearsarge Pass. In doing so, you'll pass Heart Lake and then Big Pothole Lake.
- When you reach Kearsarge Pass, and if you're not planning to camp, return the way you came in order to reach the beginning of the trailhead.
- NOTE: If you enter Kings Canyon National Park, you'll need to make sure you have proper permits handled in advance along with being sure you do take dogs into the national park.
- Elevation at Kearsarge Pass: 11,700 feet