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Shepherd Pass Trail, CA

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 14.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,308 feet
Elevation Gain 5,745 feet
Accumulated Gain 6,580 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 36.83
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The Shepherd Pass trail climbs a demanding 6,000 feet from the Owens Valley to 12,000-foot Shepherd Pass. Then, it enters Sequoia National Park and joins the John Muir Trail near Tyndall Creek. Due to a persistent snowfield, steep terrain, and talus, the Shepherd Pass trail is frequently impassable to stock above about 10,800 feet.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Low clearance vehicles and vehicles with trailers should park at the Shepherd Pack Trail. Then, Visitors can reach the Shepherd Pass Trail via the 1.4 miles long Shepherd Pack Trail.

From US Highway 395, in Independence, CA:

Turn west on Market Street. Travel 4.3 miles to Foothill Rd.
Turn south on Foothill Rd and travel 2.8 miles to the Shepherd Pack Trailhead.
Approximately 1/2 mile past the Shepherd Pack Trailhead, turn west on a small, rough dirt road.
Follow the main track approximately 1.3 miles to the Shepherd Pass Trailhead. This road is unpaved and may be quite rough.

Stock users should park at the stock trailhead, and ride the Shepherd Pack Trail the Shepherd Pass Trailhead.
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