Re: [John Muir Trail] Kearsarge Info - Help
I can help with this one. Just did this hike a month ago.
I posted a map of the loop at the following URL:
Take a look in the SE corner of the map.
You'll see the FRESNO/TULARE boundary line. Right above you'll see the Kearsarge Pinnacles that are in you pic. Follow the yellow trial line over Glen pass from there and you are going to his Rae Lakes. The picture you linked to of Rae Lakes was taken from the lake looking southeast at the peaks near Mt. Rixford and Black Mountain.
My photo album for this hike is at:
You'll find almost the same picture at
I would agree with the othe poster that the Kearsarge pinnacles picture was taken from Kearsarge Pass looking SW.
Here's a like to Google Maps that shows Rae Lake in the North, Kearsarge Pinnacles in the South, and Kearsarge Pass to the East.
So for your first question.
1) Yes they are pretty close. You could walk from Kearsarge Lakes to Rae Lakes in a day.
2) How far is it from Kearsarge Lake to Onion Valley. I'd say that you could do that in a day as well. I'd have to get 5-6 miles line of site, so a bit further on the trails. The bigger issues is getting over the passes. I'd check out your elevation gains and see if you are still confortable with it.
3) Not sure what you meant by being able to see the "Tan Lake", but you should be able to see it coming over Kearsarge pass.
4) Onion Valley to Kearsarge pass is a very common trail. You should have not problems following the trail. That said. Bring a topo map and compass and know how to use it. Nothing saying that you couldn't find your self in a rain storm and it might be harder to navigate.
Hope that helps,
--- On Wed, 8/20/08, meyou0888 <email@example.com> wrote:
From: meyou0888 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Kearsarge Info - Help
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 1:00 PM
I'm new here, my name is Robert and I am also new to California. My
wife and I are headed torwards the John Muir Trail in a few weeks and
I would like some information on Kearsarge Pass/Pinnacles:
My wife would like to see the lake in this photograph:
http://doors. stanford. edu/~sr/rae- lakes-2006/ Pages/15. html
There seems to be another Kearsarge Lake but it doesn't seem to be
the same lake pictured above:
http://doors. stanford. edu/~sr/rae- lakes-2006/ Pages/9.html
My question is:
1. Are both of these lakes near each other? I know that Kearsarge
Lakes is 4.8 miles from the Onion Valley Trailhead but would I be
seeing both lakes or is the first lake (the one my wife would like to
see) in a different location?
2. How far is the first lake in this message (the tan colored one)
from the Onion Valley Trailhead? I am just a little confused because
I had at first thought there was only one Kearsarge Lakes but there
appears to be two of them. So the Kearsarge lake that is "light tan"
colored is the one of main interest.
We can hike up to 13 miles a day.
3. So, is it possible to see the "tan-colored" Kearsarge Lake in a
dayhike, if we start really early in the morning?
4. Is the Onion Valley Trail clearly marked and would it be easy for
us to get to our destination, or should be contact a guide?
I hope I am making some sense as I would really love to see both
lakes but if only the "tan colored" one, that is fine also.
Kindly, Robert Medina
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