Onion Valley Backpack Itinerary (4 Days)

This itinerary covered a weekend backpacking trip that began and ended in Onion Valley. The ultimate main attraction of this physical challenge was to get up to the Kearsarge Pass and get the kind of Eastern Sierra panorama that many in the backpacking community would be familiar with. But to a newbie like me, it was like a revelation. And it almost didn't happen due to the threat of thunderstorms that made it seem dangerous to become lightning fodder to be that high up. In any case, we had a party seven on this trip, and as always, it was great company amidst some great scenery. Indeed, this is what backcountry backpacking is all about, and the table below summarizes the logistics behind such a trip.

Day Overnight Activity
1 Independence, CA
Independence Inn
Car Rental Pickup
2 John Muir Wilderness, CA
Backcountry Camp at Matlock Lake
Onion Valley Waterfalls, Little Pothole Lake, Gilbert Lake, Flower Lake, Matlock Lake, Slim Lake
3 John Muir Wilderness, CA
Backcountry Camp at Matlock Lake
Matlock Lake, Bench Lake, Big Pothole Lake, Heart Lake, Kearsarge Pass
4 Home Matlock Lake, Slim Lake, Onion Valley Waterfalls



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