September 10-18, 2017.   Sierra South.   A little drive-up-day touring on the 10th, then an eight day solo backpacking semi-loop starting from of Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest. I went out on the High Sierra trail over Kaweah Gap to the Nine Lakes Basin where I took a layover day. Then back via the Little Five Lakes, Black Rock Pass, Redwood Meadow, and (after re-connecting at Bearpaw Meadow) the High Sierra Trail. Backcountry nights at Ninemile Creek, Hamilton Lake, just below the Nine Lakes Basin (2 nights), the highest of the Little Five Lakes, Redwood Meadow, and Mehrten Creek.

The history of the High Sierra Trail is as interesting as the terrain. The galleries include a few historic photographs from the Sequoia National Park on-line collection. For more, see the Sequoia / Kings Canyon photo collection search page. And check out the video embedded below. It comes from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (via YouTube) and gives the narrative of how the HST came to be in the late 1920s and early 1930s. I was spellbound when I watched it the first time. I reference it a few times in the galleries. If for some reason it doesn't play here, you can go to the video's original YouTube posting.

Park Service Video - Gentle Ribbon of Rock: Building the High Sierra Trail


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