There’s nothing a season in the backcountry can’t cure
— SeKi ranger Randy Morgenson (Eric Blehm, The Last Season)

LOCATION

Kings Canyon National Park, CA, USA

MILEAGE

28 miles on-trail, 35 miles off-trail

TOTAL CLIMB (& Descent): ~24,980'

DAYS: 10          SEASON: Mid-July 

STARTING & ENDING TRAILHEADS

Lewis Creek / Road's End

Map: Tom Harrison Kings Canyon High Country Trail Map
GuideBooks: The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails by RJ Secor & Sierra High Route by Steve Roper

Our Inspiration: The Last Season by Eric Blehm
Also Consider: Amy Lauterbach's Big SeKi Loop

Day 1 Lewis Creek Trailhead 4670' (5.7 mi Trail, 3656' climb, 511' descent) 

Day 2 Frypan Meadow 7815' (4.5 mi trail + 2.8 Mi off-trail, 5128' Climb, 2543' Descent)

Day 3 Volcanic Lakes Basin 10,400' (6.8 Mi off-trail, 2542' Climb, 2399' Descent)

Day 4 Middle Glacier Lake 10,543' (2.5 Mi trail + 6.6 Mi off-trail, 2718' Climb, 2400' descent)

Day 5 Roper's Wild Cirque 10,861' (3 Mi off-trail, 1224' Climb, 1671' Descent)

Day 6 Marion Lake 10,414' (3 MI off-trail, 1031' Climb, 260' Descent)

Day 7 Upper Lake Basin / Cartridge Pass Approach 11,185' (5.4 Mi off-trail + 3.1 Mi trail, 2539' Climb, 3070' Descent)

Day 8 Bench Lake 10,654' (6.3 Mi Off-trail, 2776' climb, 2706' Descent)

Day 9 Window Peak Lake 10,724' (1.5 mi Off-trail + 9.5 Mi trail, 1403' Climb, 5471' descent)

Day 10 Lower Paradise Valley 6656' (5.8 mi trail, 962' Climb, 2528' Descent)