The Best Hiking in Independence

Looking for the best hiking in Independence? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Independence. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Independence

  • Independence, California

    South Lake via John Muir Trail

    79.36 mi / 21716 ft gain
    South Lake via John Muir Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Independence, California.
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  • Seven Pines, California

    Mt. Williamson via Shepherd Pass

    5.0
    26.66 mi / 10653 ft gain
    This trail starts at the lowest, and generally regarded hardest, trailhead in the Southern Sierras. You quickly gain elevation in what many describe as manageable but relentless. The first section of the hike has nice shade and adequate water access. Very enjoyable company to boot! Once you cros...
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  • Independence, California

    Kearsarge Pass Trail to John Muir Trail Loop

    43.85 mi / 11516 ft gain
    Kearsarge Pass Trail to John Muir Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Independence, California.
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  • Independence, California

    Bullfrog Lake

    13.17 mi / 3763 ft gain
    Bullfrog Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Independence, California.
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  • Independence, California

    Golden Trout Lake Loop

    5 mi / 2218 ft gain
    Golden Trout Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Independence, California.
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  • Independence, California

    Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney

    47.35 mi / 11745 ft gain
    Trip Guide ***Please note, all images after the first one are arranged in chronological order of the trip so you can easily follow along Day 1 Depending on where you are coming from your day one is most likely going to be setting up your car shuttle from Whitney Portal to Onion Valley.  Our fi...
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  • Independence, California

    Flower Lake from Onion Valley

    5.04 mi / 1352 ft gain
    Make sure to obtain an overnight permit up to 6 months in advance. You will have to pick up your permit at one of the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers (here) before you begin. Once you have your permit in hand, drive to the Onion Valley Trailhead (see map), which is about 15 miles west of th...
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  • Independence, California

    Charlotte Lake via Kearsarge Pass

    4.0
    16.38 mi / 4078 ft gain
    This adventure begins at Onion Valley Campground outside of Independence, CA. The parking is abundant and the road is snow dependent. Snow will be plowed as long as it is not currently being hit with a massive storm. Dogs are allowed on trail up to Kearsarge Pass (4.5 miles from the trailhead). H...
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  • Independence, California

    Rae Lakes via Glen and Kearsarge Passes

    5.0
    26.02 mi / 7106 ft gain
    The hike starts at Onion Valley campground and includes a good deal of elevation (two passes around 12,000 feet). You start climbing at the outset, and keep climbing for the first couple of hours before hitting Kearsarge Pass. Here you begin a long descent, then traverse above some beautiful lake...
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  • Independence, California

    Summit Mt. Gould

    9 mi / 3812 ft gain
    Starting at 9,200 feet at Onion Valley Campground, take Kearsarge Pass Trail. The hike begins immediately with a substantial increase in elevation, switchbacking up the mountain. On the way up rest and enjoy the beautiful alpine lakes, which include Gilbert, Flower, Heart and Big Pothole Lake. Fl...
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  • Big Pine, California

    Backpack Atop Sawmill Pass

    20 mi / 6700 ft gain
    At 11,347 ft., Sawmill Pass lies on the Sierra Crest and enters Kings Canyon National Park in the Woods Creek area. Both the John Muir Trail (JMT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can be accessed through this pass. The Sawmill Pass trail is a steep and arduous climb, gaining over 6700 feet of e...
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  • Big Pine, California

    Sawmill Pass Trail

    23.63 mi / 8255 ft gain
    Sawmill Pass Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Big Pine, California.
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  • Lone Pine, California

    Photograph Eye of the Alabama Hills Arch

    4.0
    0.4 mi
    The Eye of the Alabama Hills Arch is a quick hike or drive from the popular Mobius Arch just off Movie Flat Road. The rocks around the arch offer outstanding views of the surrounding Alabama Hills and Sierra Mountains. To get to the arch follow the directions for Mobius Arch which is a great firs...
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  • Lone Pine, California

    Mobius Arch Loop Trail

    0.63 mi / 46 ft gain
    Mobius Arch Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Lone Pine, California.
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  • Inyo County, California

    Camp in the Alabama Hills

    5.0
    The Alabama Hills Recreation Area is a area owned by BLM and open to the public. Camping is free and you can say for a max of 14 days.The are has 100+ open desert sites that are shadowed by some of the tallest peaks in the Sierra Nevada range. And if that wasn't enough, the area was the backdrop ...
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  • Lone Pine, California

    Explore The Heart Arch

    A small heart shaped arch naturally formed in the bounders at The Alabama Hills, at the foothills of the Sierras. The Alabama Hills are formation of rounded rocks near the eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley. It is a popular filming location for movie and television show produ...
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