The Trail to Bearpaw Camp


The High Sierra Trail follows a ridgeline of mixed confiers and offers hikers spectacular views of the Great Western Divide, and beautiful mountain scenery found nowhere else on Earth. 

Well-marked and easy to follow, the High Sierra Trail is a moderate hike that follows a ridgeline of mixed conifers, offering spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and lush meadows along the journey.  Alternately rising and falling, the High Sierra Trail crosses three major tributaries before reaching Bearpaw High Sierra Camp®.

The hike starts at the Crescent Meadow parking lot. A wilderness permit is required and can be obtained at the Lodgepole Visitor Center between 7 am and 3:30 pm. The permit is free for Bearpaw guests. With the permit you can drive to Crescent Meadow even on summer weekends, when the road is closed to other visitors.

Distance: 11.5 miles each way
Time: 5 to 10 hours, each way (average 7 hours)
Trailhead: Crescent Meadow, approximately 10 miles south of Wuksachi Lodge®

Elevation Gain:
1,000 feet

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