Group Hiking Trip

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Backpacking Trip

Mary and Zhipu are organizing Murray's Group backpacking trip this year. They tried to narrow down the details according to Richard's "Devil" schedule and other tradeoffs. A tremendous response were received from group members and other friends. The trip will happen on August 3 - August 6, 2006. The trail is Rainbow Mtn. - Sawtooth Pass (near Mineral King, in south part of Sequoia National Park). A permit for 15 people has been reserved. Please contact Zhipu ( or Mary ( to confirm your participation.

Be Prepared



  • August 3 (Thursday) - August 6 (Sunday), 2006

Trail Description

  • Rainbow Mtn. - Sawtooth Pass
   * Nearby City:  Mineral King, CA (South Part of Sequoia National Park)
   * Length:       about 30 miles
   * Trail Type:   Loop
   * Skill Level:  Moderate/Hard
   * Duration:     Arrive Mineral King at Wed. night and use 4 days to finish the loop
   * Maps:         Media: pdf
   * Driving Time: 5.5 hours
   * What the Guidebook Says:
"Two scenic passes over the Great Western Divide, forested canyons and
beautiful lakes with excellent fishing make this Sequoia National
Park's most popular loop from Mineral King."

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 0 (Aug. 2, Wed.): Driving down to Mineral King in the afternoon and stay in Cold Spring camping site.
  • Day 1 (Aug. 3, Thu.): Mineral King to Lower Franklin Lake. 6 miles, 2480 ft ascent
  • Day 2 (Aug. 4, Fri.): Lower Franklin Lake to Little Claire Lake. 7 miles, 1480 ascent, 1350 descent. Early in the day go over Franklin Pass (11,800 ft)
  • Day 3 (Aug. 5, Sat.): Little Claire Lake to Upper Lost Canyon. 9 miles, 1400 ft ascent, 1200 ft descent
  • Day 4 (Aug. 6, Sun.): Upper Lost Canyon to Mineral King. 8 miles, 1400 ft ascent, 3760 ft descent. Go over Sawtooth Pass (11,600 ft)


The following people have send their responses:

  • Mary Dunlop (Confirmed) - Prefer D1, D2, T2
    • Has: stove (dragonfly), 2 L pot, water filter
    • Sleeps: anywhere
    • Drives: I can leave anytime. Would prefer not to take my car.
  • Zhipu Jin (Confirmed) - Prefer D1, D2
    • Has: 3 man tent (not lightweight)
    • Sleeps: tent
    • Drives: Leave morning or afternoon. No car.
  • Richard Murray (Confirmed) - I like the Mineral King option, if it is available (less driving, more hiking). Prefer T2
    • Has: 2 stoves, 1 cook kit, frying pan + spatula, water filter, bear can
    • Sleeps: tarp
    • Drives: Leaves 3 or 3:30 pm, has car.
  • Domitilla Del Vecchio (Confirmed) - Prefer D2
    • Has: 3 man tent
    • Sleeps: ? tent, I think
    • Drives: Leaves after 3 pm, no car.
  • Jean Charles Delvenne (Confirmed) - Prefer D3
    • Sleeps: tarp
    • Drives: Later is better, no car.
  • Henrik Sandberg (Confirmed) - Prefer D3, D2
    • Sleeps: tarp
    • Drives: Later is better, no car.
  • Ziad Fares (Confirmed) - Prefer D1, D2
    • Sleeps: anywhere
    • Drives: Prefers afternoon, no car.
  • Lars Cremean (Confirmed)- Prefer T2
    • Has: 2 person backpacking tent, water filter
    • Sleeps: tent
    • Drives: Leaving with Dave from Chatsworth around 5 pm.
  • Sawyer Fuller (Confirmed)- Prefer T2
    • Has: whisperlite, 2 L pot, 10" frying pan, 2 3-man backpacking tents
    • Sleeps: tent
    • Drives: Leaves whenever, has car.
  • Dave van Gogh (Confirmed)- Prefer D2, T2
    • Has: stove (whisper lite), 3-man tent (pretty heavy), compass, water jug, trowel
    • Eats: anything
    • Sleeps: anywhere (tarp is fine)
    • Drives: pickup truck - seats 2 + lots o' gear. Lars and I are driving up Wed @ 5pm from Chatsworth. I can come to Pasadena Tuesday night to pick up gear if needed.

If your name isn't on this list and you still want to join us, please send an e-mail to Zhipu ( or Mary (