Trail Name: DoubleSub

Kennedy Meadows Campground (mile 704.7) to Clover Meadow (mile 709.5)
(12 miles, +2,500/-2,500 feet).

My son promised me a Sierra backpacking trip, but he has been really busy trying to do well in high school, so he asked if we could wait until Thanksgiving.

I said fine and kept my eyes on snow levels to see where in the Sierra we might be able to go.  The South Sierra Wilderness seemed like it might be the best option, so we drove up to Kennedy Meadows to hit the PCT.

It was a brisk day in the 50s, perfect for hiking.

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Entering the Wilderness
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Slow climb into the woods
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PCT!

 

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Footbridge over South Fork of the Kern River
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South Fork of the Kern River
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Beautiful dead tree
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Lovely burn area

I had originally planned to hike in 10 miles, but when we passed Clover Meadow, my son said it looked like a great place to camp.  We set up the tent and our bedding and then set out to do some off trail exploration.

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Off trail above Clover Meadow
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Brightly colored water tank
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Brightly colored water tank
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Tough to cross!

It gets dark early in November so we started making our way back to camp around 4pm.

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Moon above Clover Meadow

My son found some snowfields near the meadow.

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What are you planning to do with that snowball?
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More snowballs
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What time is it?
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Is it bedtime yet?

We had dinner from Subway.  I had one sandwich, but my son had two, so I started calling him “DoubleSub” and the name stuck.  After dinner we had a nice campfire.

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Ahhhh, so warm

In the morning we walked back out through one of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever seen, set against a stark burn area.

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DoubleSub heads towards the sunrise
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Wow!

Within a couple of hours the sun was up and we were back at the car, ready for the drive home.

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Gear adjustment
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DoubleSub snaps a photo
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Back at the trailhead
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