Big SEKI Loop (Seqouia-Kings)

In the summer of 2018 I hiked my own variant of the SEKI Loop.

SEKI Loop Day 7: Elizabeth Pass

SEKI Loop Day 7: Elizabeth Pass

SEKI Loop day 7: going up Elizabeth pass I conquered the steepest stretch of trail so far. With the spectacular views soon obscured by clouds, I hurried down Deadman Canyon. Then I hiked in the rain for a few hours until I found shelter at the Roaring River rangers station

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SEKI Loop Day 5: to Hamilton Lake

SEKI Loop Day 5: to Hamilton Lake

Day five of my SEKI Loop was the most impressive part of the trail so far. From the tranquil Moraine Lake through the valley of the Big Arroyo, and crossing the Kaweah Gap at more than 10.000 feet to the stunning Precipice Lake. Then descending all the way down to Hamilton Lake with a view of the vertical wall of Valhalla.

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SEKI Loop Day 2: Forester Pass and beyond

SEKI Loop Day 2: Forester Pass and beyond

The second day of my SEKI Loop took me to the really High Sierra. Despite four days of acclimatization, the altitude still slowed me down to half my normal hiking speed. But I did climb Forester Pass: the highest point on the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail and the border of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. 

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SEKI Loop Day 1: to Upper Vidette Meadow

SEKI Loop Day 1: to Upper Vidette Meadow

The Sequoia Kings / SEKI Loop is a less crowded alternative for the John Muir Trail, without the difficulty to get a permit. I had been planning my SEKI-Loop trail thoroughly last year. But of course, everything went completely different. Because not a million spreadsheets, vlogs or gearlists can prepare you for the devastating beauty and power of the High Sierra. 

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Planning the Big SEKI Loop

Planning the Big SEKI Loop

With less crowds and no permit stress, The Big SEKI Loop is a great alternative to the John Muir Trail (JMT). And because it’s a loop, you don’t need additional transport back to your car. That makes planning much easier. For better resupply options I planned a route different than usual, making it a Big SEKI Flip.

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