One of a dozen High Sierra lakes within Blackcap Basin, Portal Lake occupies the top steps of a glacial staircase. Although official trails end at Portal Lake, exploration into the vast Blackcap Basin and beyond through this “portal” leads to exquisite scenic beauty at the west edge of the LeConte Divide and Kettle Ridge, deep in the heart of John Muir Wilderness.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,500 ft|
|Season||Best early July to late August|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,500 ft|
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