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Kings Canyon - Rae Lakes Backpack

46 mile trek in three days up Woods Creek and out Bubbs Creek in Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 3-5 2012.

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Heading into the canyons from Roads End, Kings Canyon National Park.

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Neck straining mile high granite walls and peaks surround you on the way in.

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Rising up the Woods Creek trail, looking back at a feature called The Sphinx which rises above our entry trail.

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Woods Creek near Mist Falls.

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Paradise Valley.

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Castle Domes, up around 7,800 feet.

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Castle Domes Meadow.

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Hard to appreciate the scale in this photo, but on this mountain across Woods Creek, a house sized granite slab had slid down, cutting a swath through tall mature trees and exploding the area at bottom, probably due to snowpack coming down with it at the time.

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A very shaky suspension bridge at the Woods Creek South Fork junction.

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I camped at this spot at about 8,500 feet with perfect weather and no bear harassment. The next night would not be so perfect.

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More shots of the bridge. Didn't Hurley and Charlie cross this on Lost? Or was it Indiana Jones?

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Resuming the hike the next day up South Fork Woods Creek toward the Rae Lakes.

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