Earlier this year our scout leaders asked if I would be interested in helping them plan and execute a 50 mile backpacking trip. Naturally, they had to twist my arm. I presented several options, and, after much discussion, they chose to do the Rae Lakes loop in Kings Canyon National Park, with a side trip to East Lake and Lake Reflection to make the total mileage over 50.
On Monday morning we drove to the trailhead at Roads End in Kings Canyon. After we started to ascend the switchbacks up Bubbs Creek, we could see down the canyon toward the trailhead:
And across from us was the canyon of the South Fork Kings River, where we would descend at the end of the trip:
As we ascended we came across a marten that was pursuing a squirrel in a tree. This picture was taken just before the marten caught the squirrel:
And a little higher this one rattled at me just before I stepped next to it:
Some scenes along the way up Bubbs Creek:
That night we stopped at Junction Meadow, here are two pictures from there, first is Mt Bago:
And West Vidette: