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Bubbs Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (4)

A relentless ascent up a beautiful canyon along a raging creek


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11.0

Miles

17.7

KM

Point to Point

9,569' 2,917 m

High

5,119' 1,560 m

Low

4,513' 1,375 m

Up

63' 19 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail starts shortly after the Bailey Bridge where Cedar Grove Southside turns right. Turn left here and cross Bubbs Creek over the boulders and logs. Depending on the season, this will require careful navigation across the rapidly flowing water. The trail then turns east and starts its demanding ascent up the canyon. The first mile is entirely made of switchbacks. As you reach more elevation, the view into Kings Canyon gets better and better, so take a break every now and then and enjoy the panorama. You get to the Avalanche Pass junction at about 1.5 miles.

The next 6 miles are steadily uphill with Bubbs Creek on your right and the southern flank of Glacier Monument and Charlotte Dome on your left. The creek is only accessible in a few spots though. You reach Junction Meadow at about 7.5 miles. This meadow is a great place for a break and also has a few camp sites. The views from here are spectacular with North Guard towering above you and West Vidette just up ahead. The last 2.5 miles of the trail are switchbacks again but the stunning views down canyon are a worthwhile reward. Reach Lower Vidette Meadow and the junction with the John Muir Trail (JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Whitney).

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Tilman Giese

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  4.8 from 4 votes

#2

in Cedar Grove

#802

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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in Cedar Grove

#105

in California

#802

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Photos

East Vidette from Junction Meadow.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
North Guard from Bubbs Creek Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Kings Canyon from the switchbacks on Bubbs Creek Trail
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Bubbs Creek as it cascades down to the junction that leads to East Lake.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Approach to Junction Meadow with North Guard watching over you.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA
Kings Canyon from the top of the switchbacks on Bubbs Creek Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Lone Pine, CA

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Oct 9, 2019
M C
Went to junction meadow and back. Have to go back and make time for full Rae lakes loop trail with side treks (7 days approx). 25mi
Jul 8, 2018
Tilman Giese
Apr 28, 2018
Uyen M
May 16, 2016
Bill Tanner
Road's End to Sphinx Creek bridge/camp and return. 8.2mi
May 13, 2016
Trevor Bowers
Aug 1, 1980
Rick Schulze
With T206. Multiple years.