Naresh Kumar and Bedrock co-founder, Dan Opz, set out on a 2 day long, 46 mile loop around the famous Rae’s Lake in Kings Canyon / Sequoia National Park. Naresh wore his Synclines and Dan wore some new prototype Bedrocks on the loop. The hike began June 21st – Summer Solstice – at Road’s End Ranger station in Kings Canyon National Park.
The hike is a loop and can be run either counterclockwise or clockwise. The counterclockwise approach takes the more gradual ascent up to Rae’s Lake and ultimately Glen’s Pass. The loop starts at the Road’s End Ranger Station at 5,035 feet , peaks at 11,978 feet at Glen’s Pass and follows along the PCT/JMT for about half it’s distance. Around 26 miles in from Roads End you will reach the beautiful Rae’s Lake at 10,544 ft. Rae’s lake is home to an incredible amount of brook trout. The lake is so transparently clear that we saw trout from a distance very clearly swimming around the banks. On this hike, Dan fortunately brought a 5wt fly fishing rod and caught a small brookie on nearly each and every cast.
Naresh cruising down from Glen’s Pass.
Water break nearly at the top of Glen’s Pass.
Dan hiking with fishing rod in tow.
The weather was in the upper 80′s during the day and hardpacked snow fields like this were a nice cool down for our feet.
Naresh Looking out towards Fins Down and Rae’s Lake.
One of the pools along the trail towards Rae’s Lake.
Reflections in a high alpine pond.
Summer Solstice Sunset over Rae’s Lake.
Naresh - stoked out of his mind on how beautiful this lake is!
Naresh hiking in his trusty Synclines.
Dan casting his fly rod.
One of the many small high alpine brook trout we caught in Rae’s Lake.
The trail to Rae’s Lake.
A bridge that connects the Rae’s Lake Loops with the PCT / JMT.