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The Best Backpacking in Porterville

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Top backpacking spots in and near Porterville

  • Springville, California

    Shake Camp Campground to Maggie Lakes

    22.8 mi / 5538 ft gain
    Shake Camp Campground to Maggie Lakes is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Springville, California.
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  • Springville, California

    Ladybug Camp Trail

    7.54 mi / 1827 ft gain
    Ladybug Camp Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Springville, California

    Cahoon Rock from South Fork Campground

    28.22 mi / 6880 ft gain
    Cahoon Rock from South Fork Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Springville, California

    Maggie Lakes via Summit Trail

    18.9 mi / 3953 ft gain
    Maggie Lakes via Summit Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Springville, California.
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Backpack Bearpaw Meadow to Redwood Meadow

    21.3 mi / 5400 ft gain
    Redwood Meadow is absolutely gorgeous - an amazing reward for your backpacking efforts. This trail is a great backpacking route to take in the early spring when elevated trails are still covered in snow. The trail progresses from the foothills to a giant sequoia grove. The rivers can be a bit cha...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack to Franklin Lakes & Franklin Pass

    11.4 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Franklin Lakes is part of the Sequoia National Park and can be reached from the trailhead starting near the Mineral King Ranger Station. Bear containers are required and can be rented at the Ranger Station. The hike to Franklin Lakes campground will take 6 hours or less (depending on your speed/h...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack in Mineral King

    5.0
    30 mi
    The trailhead is right near the Mineral King Ranger Station (on Mineral King Rd) in Sequoia National Park. Depending on where you're coming from I would recommend driving in and camping at Cold Springs Campground (which is also in close proximity to the ranger station) the night before you begin ...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    White Chief Canyon Trail

    7.35 mi / 2228 ft gain
    White Chief Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Farewell Gap Trail

    12.36 mi / 2884 ft gain
    Farewell Gap Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Mineral King Loop

    36.92 mi / 10548 ft gain
    Mineral King Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack to Crystal Lakes

    5.0
    9.8 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The trail to Crystal Lakes begins at the Timber Gap/Sawtooth Trailhead (7,800 feet elevation), which is located at the end of Mineral King Valley Rd.  The trail immediately ascends through a meadow boasting dramatic alpine views and a roaring waterfall. Eventually you'll cross Monarch Creek and b...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack the Little Five & Big Five Lakes Loop

    5.0
    26.5 mi / 10000 ft gain
    Day 1: A long, rewarding day. Over the course of 11.5 miles you will complete around 10,000ft of elevation change.  To start, park the car at the Sawtooth-Monarch Trailhead (7500ft) and begin on the trail, immediately ascending to Timber Gap (9500ft).  Once at the gap, the trail makes it's way do...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Mineral King to Little Five Lakes Trail

    28.2 mi / 8737 ft gain
    Mineral King to Little Five Lakes Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Backpack the High Sierra Trail

    5.0
    71 mi
    The High Sierra Trail begins at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park, on the West side of the Sierra Nevada range, and ends at Whitney Portal on the East, traversing the highest and most beautiful part of the Sierras. From deep river canyons to high alpine peaks, lakes, and meadows, this hike...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike Crescent Meadow

    5.0
    1.6 mi
    Crescent Meadow is a collection of loops in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. The trailhead is located just past the tunnel log east of General's Highway 198. The main loop is 1.6mi total. However you can take any of the loops to the General Sherman tree 3mi, Tharp's Log trail 0.5mi, or ...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow

    21.38 mi / 4341 ft gain
    High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Three Rivers, California.
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