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2009-09-10  
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Silliman Pass TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2009
chumley
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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We hiked from Lost Lake over Silliman Pass on our second day of a nice 25-mile loop. Silliman Pass was the highest point on our journey, at 10,200 feet, and the climb from Ranger Lake to the pass is full of amazing views of the Sierra Crest to the east. The climb is steep and steady, but the trail is well maintained and otherwise quite easy. At the pass, we took about an hour to relax and enjoy the views, eat some lunch, and take a couple of short side hikes to the higher points on each side of the pass. The hike down the west side of the pass is similar to the climb on the east side ... a moderate grade, and plenty of switchbacks! After about a mile, the trail levels off at the Twin Lakes, a picturesque "plateau" on the side of the hill, that holds Twin Lakes and a popular camping area.

From the Twin Lakes area, the trail continued down a steady decent for another 1000 feet to the junction with the JO Trail.

Most hikers access this trail from the Twin Lakes trailhead at Lodgepole, and hike up to this trail junction, and then up to Twin Lakes. The majority of hikers from Lodgepole don't ever make the climb to Silliman Pass. If you hike up from Lodgepole, don't stop at Twin Lakes! Silliman Pass and the views it provides are worth the extra climb!!

You should be able to make the trip in well under the four hours we took, but we spent at least an hour up on the pass, and also some time at the Twin Lakes. Both are worth spending some time, so plan on taking some extra time to enjoy the views if you're not camping at the Lakes.
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