Kearsarge Pass - Onion Valley
Once an Indian trading route, the Kearsarge Pass Trail provides access to numerous high alpine lakes within a few short miles and the John Muir Wilderness and the spectacular backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.
The Kearsarge Pass Trail, beginning at Onion Valley, is one of the main access points for the John Muir Trail and The Pacific Crest Trail. Onion Valley is also an alternative route used to access Mt. Whitney.
Major trail heads in the area include:
Golden Trout Lake
George Creek( Mt. Williamson)
Alternative access to Mt. Whitney is available from the Kearsarge Pass Trail which has its own quota of permits issued for backcountry travel to the Whitney Zone.
Kearsarge Pass to Mt. Whitney is 53 Miles.
Located 13 miles west of town. From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). follow the road past Grays Meadow Campground to the road end. Proceed past the Kearsarge Pass trail head and through the gate into the campground.
Located at 9,600 ft. Onion Valley is literally on the edge of the John Muir Wilderness. The popular Kearsarge Pass trail begins at the entrance to the campground and several alpine lakes are within day hiking distance. Rainbow, Eastern Brook, and Golden Trout can be caught in the area.
Day use permits not required last time we checked. Overnight permits are required.