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Jennie Lakes Wilderness

The Jennie Lakes Wilderness is a pleasant 10,500-acre area with pristine lakes, meadows, forest and streams. Elevations range from 7,000 feet to the summit of Mitchell Peak at 10,365 feet.The wilderness has 26 miles of trails, including walking access to both Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. The Big Meadows area is a popular cross-country skiing spot. Jennie and Weaver lakes are big attractions for fishing.

Stats:

  • 10,500 acres
  • 10,365 feet at the highest point at Mitchell peak
  • Two main lakes: Jennie Lake and Weaver Lake

How to Get Here:

From the Big Stump Entrance Station:  turn right on the Generals Highway. Drive about 5.5 miles to Forest Route 14S11 and turn left. Drive about 3.5 miles to Big Meadows. Other turnoffs from the Generals Highway to Jennie Lakes trailheads include Forest Route 13S14 and 14S21.

What to Do:

Hiking, backpacking, swimming and fishing

Permits:

No Wilderness Permits are required when entering Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area. However, if you plan on thru-hiking Jennie Lakes Wilderness on into Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Park, then you will need to get a permit to enter the park.

http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness_permits.htm

Timing:

Year round. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular here in the winter. The spring is a great time to pack both the winter and summer gear and check out a few waterfalls along the way.

Local Tip:

If you hike during the week or after Labor Day, your almost certain to see less then 10 people on the trail. The best areas for camping are at Jennie Lake, Weaver Lake, Rowell Meadow and Poison Meadow

Resources:

http://www.summitpost.org/jennie-lakes-wilderness/441944 – great trail descriptions!

http://www.sherpaguides.com/california/mountains/southern_sierra/sequoia_nat_forest.htmlhttp://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/recreation/wilderness.html

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/jennie-lakes

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/jennie-lakes-wilderness.

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