LeConte Canyon, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

John Muir Trail Map 6 Dusy Creek to Twin Lakes

LeConte Canyon

Pinchot Pass to Twin Lakes

An easy descent from Pinchot Pass brings hikers to the shores of Twin Lakes (although they must be fraternal twins). The lakes are a favored campsite for northbound hikers wanting to get a early start for Pinchot Pass, but most southbound hikers continue 4 miles downhill to find more shelter at the Woods Creek crossing, a popular camping area for JMT hikers.

Dusy Creek to Pinchot Pass

Two miles down the trail Grouse Meadow is a beautiful spot to camp. A mile beyond, a lateral trail heads down the Middle Fork of the Kings River, while JMT hikers begin a 10-mile climb to Mather Pass. The steps on the Golden Staircase are challenging, and the trail descending the south side of Mather Pass is steep and narrow.

Follow the South Fork of the Kings River to a wide ford. Soon after the crossing, pass the turnoff to Bench Lake, a worthy side trip and camping spot 1½ miles to the west. Continue uphill past glistening Lake Marjorie before the final ascent to Pinchot Pass.

John Muir Trail elevation profile from Dusy Creek to Twin Lakes