Seven Must-Stop And See Locations While Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

3. Kearsarge Pass

Kearsarge Pass

While not technically on the PCT itself, many hikers make the 14-mile round-trip trek to resupply in Independence or Bishop, California, and the extra distance is well worth the effort. After leaving the PCT at mile 789, the spur trail skirts the sparkling Bullfrog Lakes which look more like infinity pools as they drop off to stunning views of the jagged peaks of the High Sierra in the distance. The views only get more dramatic after climbing the pass and reaching the eastern edge of the park. Even the hike down to Onion Valley is studded with alpine lakes, unforgettable landscapes, and a few prime campsites.

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