Backpack to Weaver Lake, CA

Rate this Adventure Yosemite Big Meadow Trailhead

Added by Audrey Abeyta

Weaver is a beautiful subalpine lake with no backpacking quota restrictions. There's also great trout fishing. 

The hike to Weaver Lake begins at the Big Meadows trailhead in Sequoia National Forest (elevation: 7,633 ft.). There is roadside parking at the beginning of the trailhead and more parking available just inside the gate. At the trailhead, there is a vault toilet, trash receptacle, and map of the area. 

The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. Approximately two miles into the hike, you'll come to a flowing creek (perfect spot to stop for a snack!) and the junction for Weaver and Jennie lakes. The junction is marked by a sign, pointing to the left (east) for Weaver Lake and right (south) for Jennie Lake. From this junction, it's approximately 1.5 miles to Weaver Lake (elevation: 8,707 ft.). 

There are 15 campsites with fire rings at Weaver Lake, primarily on the north and west sides. The campsites are well-spaced and allow you a sense of isolation even during busier seasons. 

The lake is bordered by small boulders that allow you to navigate around the lake or find a peaceful reading spot. Many people were fishing at the lake, which is known for trout. 

At 7 miles round trip, this can be done as a day hike or overnight trip. This is the perfect backpacking trip for families, first-timers, or more seasoned backpackers looking for a short overnight trip.  

Trailhead coordinates: 36.7185, -118.8341

Pack List

  • Backpack 
  • Tent 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping pad 
  • Water filter
  • Fire permit (required even for camp stoves, can be obtained online from the US Forest Service)
  • Cooking equipment 
  • Fishing equipment, if desired 
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1075 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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