Trip · 3-day backpacking trip
For · Friends and first-time backpackers
Vibe · Challenging and hard
Distance · 17.5 mile loop and 2,992 feet of elevation gain
Permits · Register at the trailhead and apply to a CA Campfire permit online!
Drive · 3.5 hours from SF and LA
Ideal dates · April (after the snow has melted) to July
Pets · Welcome at camp and on trails!
Named after Jennie Ellis, a mountaineer's wife, Jennie Lakes Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest has 10,500 acres and 26 miles of hiking trails, with four of those routes venturing south to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. This place is blooming with wildflowers, alpine lakes (Jennie Lake being the largest) and pine forests. The neatest part is that you don't need a wilderness permit to camp in the backcountry. Trails will get busy on warm, summer weekends, but plan a visit during the spring and you'll get to experience a classic Sierra landscape, a high-altitude adventure & tranquil getaway all in one trip.
Official Forest Service Website
Directions to Trailhead
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