Sierra Backpacking adventure: Jennie and Weaver lake loop


Jennie Lake is a breathtaking glacial lake located in the high Sierras, on the border of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. For this trip, we’ll make the 17.5-mile backpacking loop over three days, and spend two nights base camping in Sequoia National Forest.

Dates: July 11th -15th

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Indexed prices

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A sense of place

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Adventure description


Join us for a 5 day 4 night backpacking trip through the Sierras! Participants will enjoy this 17.5-mile loop trail near Hume, California. Generally considered a challenging route, we’ll spend our days backpacking this beautiful loop.

LeeMichael Krieger

Austin O’brien

Indiana Affleck (intern)


Lee Michael

Wilderness First Responder and EMT.
Senior Instructor for REI Outdoor School, Outward Bound Instructor, Program Manager for Soulstainable

Austin O’Brien

Austin is a certified climbing guide through the AMGA (American Mountain Guiding Association).
Wilderness First Responder
Outward Bound Instructor, Outdoor Program Manager – Brooklyn Boulders, Director of Expeditions for Soulstainable.

Adventure Itinerary:

Dates: July 11-15

The Trail
This is a backpacking loop to two subalpine lakes just outside of Sequoia National Park.
This route does a loop through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, visiting two subalpine lakes suitable for fishing at the height of summer. We’ll hike the trail over a 3 day period, hiking from base camp and spending the night at each lake.

We’ll meet in Pasadena on day one at 10 am. Students do not need any technical equipment, though if they have their own camping gear we highly recommend they bring it. They do not need any prior backpacking or camping experience for this trip. Backpack weight will be based on the size of the participant but participants can expect to carry up to 35 lbs.

Day 1 July 11th – Camping under the stars – Cove Group site
Meet in Pasadena on Monday 10am
As a group we will load up the vans and head out for our first day of adventuring. We’ll stop along the way to eat lunch with a view. Afterwards, we’ll head to our campground. Arrive in the late afternoon, set up tents and play some camp games. We’ll have a group meeting and make some dinner! Rest up because tomorrow we head out on our first day of backpacking 🙂

Day 2 – Backpacking begins – Weaver Lake
wake up, eat some breakfast then start to pack your backpacks. We’ll go over backcountry navigation skills and hand out compasses/maps. We’ll learn and practice the basics of orienteering throughout the trip. Participants can expect to backpack 2-5 miles/day for the next three days! In the evening, we’ll arrive at camp, hang out, cook dinner, and play games.

Day 3 – To Jennie! – Jennie Lake
Wake up early, eat breakfast and hike into a glacial lake! We’ll spend all day swimming and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the high sierras! Dinner tonight will be followed by a short night hike.

Day 4 – Back to Cove Camp – Cove Group site
Spend the morning eating breakfast and swimming in the lake. We’ll head out of camp around 11am. A three mile hike will bring us to the meadow. A fun location to see the stars and do activities.

Day 5 – June 30th – Back home!- Pasadena Rose Bowl
Breakfast, then a short hike back to the van. We’ll depart around 8:30am to get in to Pasadena at 1:30-2pm. Pick up from the Rose Bowl (No De-issue)

What’s included with the trip price?
Transportation, food, cook-ware, backpacks, tents, park and campground fees, navigation classes, multiple guides with Wilderness First Responder training, all activities, 24 hr. satellite phone communication, emergency response plan, student leaders, and more.

Not included:
Sleeping bags, sleeping pad, hiking shoes, eating utensils.

The highlights of this expedition include an overnight backpacking, swimming in a glacial lake, hiking the trail of 100 giants, backcountry navigation and wilderness survival classes, swimming in the Kern River (the calm part), and playing games/hanging out under the stars!

We will be following the guidelines for group travel provided by the CDC. We’ll have an extra focus on limiting our exposure to each other’s respiratory output. Students will not be required to wear masks though they are suggested for van rides. We’ll set up tent groups with students that feel comfortable with each other and have lots of sanitation / PPE gear available.

How to sign up?
To sign up for summer programming click the sign-up button below and follow the prompts. Or email

*Please note that the price listed is the non-indexed price and is designed to allow the trip to be open for students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds. We want to be able to offer equitable opportunities to students and parents so please reach out for discounts if needed!

Our number one priority for this trip of course is to keep everyone safe.

Action Plan:
In the case of an emergency our first response will be to the affected persons and then communication with parents/emergency contacts. For this trip the closest Emergency facility is: Kern Valley Hospital
Mountain Mesa, CA, United States
Open 24 hours · +1 760-379-2681
Emergency department: Open 24 hours

The park also has a fleet of Rangers who are paramedics. Calling 911 will most likely result in them responding with Ranger paramedic team meeting the group with an ambulance. Austin and LeeMichael are both First Responders and have experience handling emergency situations far away from outside help. We will have a satellite phone, In-reach device, and full medical kit for this trip.

We will be fully insured for this trip through CGCOOP.

In the case that a student contracts COVID-19 or symptoms while on the trip, we will carry an extra tent that can be used to isolate the individual. The student will be given a rapid test and the best care possible. If there is a fever or positive test we will bring the student to closest emergency room for treatment and make an evacuation plan with parents. The rest of the group will subsequently be given rapid tests and monitored for symptoms. In the case that two or more group members have positive tests or symptoms we will return back to LA as soon as it is safe to do so.


Jennie and Weaver lake loop


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