Kearsarge Pass Trail
Beginning at the end of Onion Valley Road, the Kearsarge Pass Trail travels through the John Muir Wilderness. The trail climbs through forest and alpine tundra and past several lakes, including Little Pothole, Gilbert, and Flower Lakes. It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. Beyond the pass, the trail continues into Kings Canyon National Park, where it joins the John Muir Trail near Bullfrog Lake. From the trailhead at Onion Valley to the John Muir Trail junction is 6.5 miles.
Common Destinations: Kearsarge Pass, Kearsarge Lake, John Muir Trail
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At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reserve up to 6 months in advance at www.Recreation.gov|
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes, and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at trailhead. Along trails, bury human waste away from water sources.|
From Highway 395, in Independence, CA, turn west on Market Street. Onion Valley is about 15 miles west of Independence.
The road is usually open from May to November, depending on snow conditions.
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Lake and Pond Fishing
See the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide. for fishing oportunities.
|Best Season:||July - October|