Bear Box at Middle Rae Lake (WC10)
Generated on 15 Apr 2014 - see revision history - please send updates to the webmaster
Detail Map of waypoint WC10
in Woods Creek Northern Rae Lakes Loop:
(scroll down for directions, waypoints, and area map)
- WC10 is 2 standard boxes, at about 10600 feet,
in the GPS route WOODS CREEK.
- Note: There is a ranger station between WC090 and WC10, with a sign on
the trail pointing uphill from a spot roughly 100 yards northwest
of the cabin that shows as a dot on the USGS maps.
- Directions from Steve Eckert, with GPS waypoint, 2007:
Laura's description is right but I'll add coordinates and clarification:
There is a metal sign on the trailing pointing toward the lake and the
bear box camping area. The boxes are about 40 yards from the lake in a
large open sandy area where high impact indicates continuous camping.
One box is on the west edge of the clearing against the east side of a
huge rock. The other box is 30 yards away on the east side of the clearing,
under some trees. Campsites continue some distance north along lake, but
there are no more boxes there. There is no longer a box at Upper Rae Lake,
which appears to explain why there are now two boxes (and lots of impact)
at Middle Rae Lake.
- Directions from Peter Stephens (NPS), March 2006:
Use of these lockers is only available to through hikers on the PCT and
JMT. People who are starting or ending their trips in either Sequoia NP,
Kings Canyon NP,or Inyo NF and passing through this area are required to
carry portable food storage canisters and all food and scented items must
fit into the canisters. The public [should not] be misled into counting
on food storage locations that are not available to them. [Editor's Note:
Peter attached the document 'Special Public Use Limits and Closures for 2006'
which does not prohibit locker use by non-through-hikers, but does require
carrying a canister.]
- Directions from Laura Civiello, Aug 2000:
Two boxes together in a large open space on the east shore of Middle Rae Lake.
- Directions from Mineral King ranger info sheet, dated 1991:
Two boxes, one on the each east shore of the upper TWO Rae Lakes.
- WC10 coordinates: (see waypoint and interactive map links above)
(lat,lon) = (36.8068800, -118.3994300) in decimal degrees, NAD83.
(zone,east,north) = (11S, 375246.0, 4074166.0) in decimal meters, NAD27.
- Scroll down for a regional map of the entire Woods Creek Northern Rae Lakes Loop region.
Map exported from TOPO! software, used with permission.