While hiking through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park during our 2011 PCT Thru-hike what we experienced was a harsh ice-covered wonderland full of perilous mountain passes and treacherous river crossings. With this experience fresh in our minds we’ve found ourselves being extra cautious in our exploration of the backcountry this early in the season.
However timid that experience may have left us, what we’ve discovered is that 2016 is not comparable to 2011s record snow fall. In a two-day 30-mile overnight we were able to crest the ridge of 10,600 foot Silliman Pass and gaze into the impressive ridge line to the east. Multiple sawtooth peaks soared into the brilliant blue sky as they reached heights of 14,000 feet. At 9,000 feet and above snow covered the land as our feet were perpetually wet from the soggy ground and numerous stream crossings, but nothing was as remotely challenging as 2011.
In early June I would say that there are few places truly inaccessible in these two magnificent parks. That is, with the proper precautions and experience…