The Rae Lakes Loop is one of the most beautiful hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, if not in the entire Sierra. The Loop is just under 42 miles long and climbs up to 11,978’ at Glen Pass. Wilderness permits and bear canisters are required for the loop.
This year, I, along with 4 friends decided to take on the challenge of the Rae Lakes Loop and spend over a week in the back country. Most people will do the loop in a clockwise direction, so their packs are lighter climbing over Glen Pass. However, our group went in a counterclockwise direction, taking our time to acclimate and enjoying a few camps along the way.