- 3.6 Trail Miles
- 1,681′ Elevation Gain
- 1,168′ Elevation Loss
- 6 Miles Total (includes cumulative elevation gain)
This is a relatively short day, the point is to recuperate from the pull to Bearpaw meadows, and prepare for the haul over Kaweah Gap.
There is a slight descent to a foot bridge crossing Middle Fork Kaweah River, and then a sharp ascent into Hamilton Lakes. While the actual trail mileage is only 3.5 miles, with the elevation change it works out closer to 5 miles and ends up being closer to a 3 hour hike. This should put you into Hamilton Lakes before lunch where you can enjoy fishing and swimming.