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Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

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Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

Hi, we are traveling mid-August to California for the first time. Have 2 weeks. 5 days we are planning in this area. Then 5 days in Yosemite. Hope to get in the Mt. Whitney lottery too. We are fit hikers. Looking for good, long day hikes. Have done numerous searches and haven't seen anything for 5 days yet. This would be for 5 days of day hiking. No one in our group of 4 wants to backpack. Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

This is the book we used when visiting the parks two years ago:

barnesandnoble.com/w/…1107090305

Mt. Whitney is on the other side of the park and a long drive from the Generals Highway.

Edited: 10:33 pm, January 28, 2013
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2. Re: Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

If you don't want to backpack then the only way you'll be able to climb Mt. Whitney is by accessing it from the eastern side of the park via Whitney Portal. Just keep in mind that it is an extreme day hike; 22 miles round-trip with over 6,000 feet of elevation gain, and that's starting from an elevation of over 8,000 feet. It also will take about 6 hours to make the drive from Whitney Portal around the south end of the Sierra Nevadas, and back up into the main part of the park. There are no roads into the park from the east. Here is some more information on the Whitney day hike if you're interested www.dayhiker.com/directory/MtWhitney.htm

In the main part of the park, some good hikes to look into would be the Alta Peak trail, the Lakes trail, and the Twin Lakes trail. These are full day hikes but there are many shorter hikes that I typically suggest as well, such as the Moro Rock trail, the Crescent Meadow loop, and the Congress trail. There are over 800 miles of trails in the park and many more hikes in addition to these, but hopefully this helps get you started.

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3. Re: Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

We were only there for three full days, but did some nice hikes (some that were mentioned by WuksachiStaff). Here's the link to the trip report that I posted on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon portion of our trip last June. Perhaps this will give you some ideas for hiking opportunities:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143050-i904-k5651…

Houston, Texas
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4. Re: Suggested itinerary for 5days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP?

Thank you everyone for your help. Looking forward to our 2 week trip!

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