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    Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Trail


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    Though daunting, the Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Trail boasts one of the most incredible experiences in the National Park. Explore a variety of terrain, from flowering meadows, granite gardens, and dense forests. Those seeking a challenge will surely enjoy this trek.

    Route Description for Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Trail

    The sweat-inducing, heart-pumping Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Hike makes up for its strenuousness with impeccable scenery. Enjoy incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as you explore the subalpine forests and montane meadows. Note this route is often complete as an overnight expedition, so if you are one of the intrepid and eager to tackle it in a day, make sure you head out in the early morning. Additionally, as this trail explores the remote regions of the park, it is important to be mindful of wildlife, such as deer, bears, and mountain lions. Dress in layers, and don’t forget that the park charges an entrance fee of $35USD per vehicle or $20USD per person for pedestrians or cyclists.

    Setting out from the Lewis Creek Trailhead, the Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Hike follows the Lewis Creek Trail north. Almost immediately after your departure from the trailhead, hikers will navigate switchbacks up the steep terrain through the lush forest. Demanding a few stream crossings along the way, the path will eventually near Lewis Creek. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of the gurgling water as you climb. Weaving through shaded and exposed terrain, the path will intersect with Lewis Creek just before the final push to Frypan Meadows.

    Take your time navigating the vertiginous climb up to the meadow and revel in the beauty of the encompassing mountainscape. Admire the beauty of the meadow that blossoms with wildflowers in the spring, then when you are ready, head back the way you came to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Frypan Meadows via Lewis Creek Trail Trailhead

    Access this hike via the Lewis Creek Trailhead off the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

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      Backcountry Camping, wilderness permits required.

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      Out and back

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