Sequoia National Park

California, United States
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Created in 1890, Sequoia National Park is home to the largest trees on earth and the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. At 404,063 acres and over 90% of designated wilderness, Sequoia offers over 800 miles of hiking trails.
Hiking Trails
Foothills
Marble Falls - strenuous 7.8-mile round trip climb to a nice cascade.

Lady Bug - 6-mile round trip hike along the Kaweah river, anding at a sequoia grove

Garfield Grove - strenuous 10-mile round trip climb from South Fork Campground to garfield sequoia grove


Giant Forest and Lodgepole
General Sherman Tree - easy 1-mile round trip hike to the General Sherman Tree.

The Big Trees Trail - easy 0.7-mile loop around Round Meadow with panels explaining the ecology of sequoia trees.

Moro Rock - strenuous 0.5-mile round trip staircase to the summit offering great views of the Great Western Divide.

Tokopah Falls - easy 3.4-mile hike from Lodgepole Campground to impressive granite cliffs and waterfall.

Mineral King
Monarch Lakes - an easy 8.4-mile round trip hike through meadows, forests, and offers great views of the canyon and Great Western Divide.

Crystal Lake - moderate 10-mile round trip hike past the old Chihuahua Mine with panoramic views.

Timber Gap - 4-mile round trip past an old mining route with views across to Alta Peak.

Franklin Lakes - moderate 10.8-mile round trip with views of rainbow-colored rocks. Many choose to stay the night at the lake before returning.

White Chief Trail - steep 6-mile round trip scenic hike to the White Chief Bowl.

Eagle and Mosquito Lakes - 7-mile round trip to Mosquito lake, with an optional trail to more lakes.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Big Trees Trail - Sequoia National Park
A paved, accessible trail across from the Giant Forest Museum.
Easy
1.2 mi/
1.9 km
Congress Trail - Sequoia National Park
A popular loop trail that begins at the General Sherman Tree.
Easy
2.2 mi/
3.5 km
Little Baldy Trail - Sequoia National Park
The summit of this hike offers an amazing view of the Silliman Crest and the Great Western Divide.
Easy
3.4 mi/
5.5 km
Tokopah Falls - Sequoia National Park
An easy stroll out of the Lodgepole Campground.
Easy
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
Movie Road/Alabama Hills
Very easy route through one of the most unique and beautiful places in California
Easy
25 mi/
40 km
Marble Falls Trail - Sequoia National Park
A great spring time hike through a deep canyon in the Foothills.
Moderate
6.6 mi/
10.6 km
Mineral King to Eagle Lake
A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle lake and back.
Moderate
6.9 mi/
11.1 km
Mineral King to Monarch Lakes
A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Monarch Lakes and back.
Moderate
8.4 mi/
13.5 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 1 of 7
Crescent Meadow/Wolverton to 9-Mile Creek
Moderate
8.4 mi/
13.5 km
Middle Fork Trail - Sequoia National Park
A great backpacking alternative when the high country is blanketed in snow.
Moderate
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal
Hike California's Amazing State Highpoint, also the highest point in the lower 48 States
Moderate
22 mi/
35 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 4 of 7
Moraine Lake to Kern Hot Spring
Difficult
6.9 mi/
11.1 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 5 of 7
Kern Hot Spring to Upper Kern Canyon
Difficult
9.6 mi/
15.5 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 2 of 7
9-Mile Creek to Precipice Lake
Difficult
9.8 mi/
15.8 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 3 of 7
Precipice Lake to Moraine Lake
Difficult
9.8 mi/
15.8 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 6 of 7
Upper Kern Canyon to Guitar Lake
Difficult
10.2 mi/
16.4 km
Mineral King to Sawtooth Pass
Sawtooth Pass has a brilliant perspective of Mineral King Valley, Lost Canyon, Monarch Lakes, and Columbine Lake.
Difficult
11.5 mi/
18.5 km
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 7 of 7
Guitar Lake to Mount Whitney Summit and the descent to Whitney Portal
Difficult
14.3 mi/
23 km
Guides
The High Sierra Trail
The High Sierra Trail
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Difficult: 65 miles, Multiple days
Crossing the Sierra Nevada in 70 Miles
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 1 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 1 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.4 miles, Full day
Crescent Meadow/Wolverton to 9-Mile Creek
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 7 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 7 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Difficult: 14.3 miles, Full day
Guitar Lake to Mount Whitney Summit and the descent to Whitney Portal
Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal
Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal
Whitney Portal, California, United States
 
Moderate: 22 miles, Full day
Hike California's Amazing State Highpoint, also the highest point in the lower 48 States
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 2 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 2 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Difficult: 9.8 miles, Full day
9-Mile Creek to Precipice Lake
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 4 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 4 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Difficult: 6.9 miles, Full day
Moraine Lake to Kern Hot Spring
Mineral King to Sawtooth Pass
Mineral King to Sawtooth Pass
Silver City, California, United States
 
Difficult: 11.5 miles, Full day
Sawtooth Pass has a brilliant perspective of Mineral King Valley, Lost Canyon, Monarch Lakes, and Columbine Lake.
Marble Falls Trail - Sequoia National Park
Marble Falls Trail - Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.6 miles, Half day
A great spring time hike through a deep canyon in the Foothills.
Big Trees Trail - Sequoia National Park
Big Trees Trail - Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.2 miles, 1 hour or less
A paved, accessible trail across from the Giant Forest Museum.
Mineral King to Monarch Lakes
Mineral King to Monarch Lakes
Silver City, California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.4 miles, Full day
A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Monarch Lakes and back.
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 5 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 5 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
Difficult: 9.6 miles, Full day
Kern Hot Spring to Upper Kern Canyon
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 6 of 7
The High Sierra Trail: Segment 6 of 7
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
Difficult: 10.2 miles, Full day
Upper Kern Canyon to Guitar Lake
Community Trips
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Mt. Whitney day hike
by ybwhiker on Aug 11, 2009
Whitney Portal, California, United States
18.6 miles
Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, at 14450 feet high, is a big challenge for most people. I got the chance to take this challenge, and finished this total trail in 12 hours. This is also my first high mountain hike in my life. The view from the top of Mt. Whitney and on the trail is amazing, plus the fact that you are on top of everything...
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Alta Peak hike
by shadster on Sep 22, 2010
Three Rivers, California, United States
7.3 miles
drove up to Sequoia National Park. To find the trail head, look for Wolverton Skie and Recreation Area. The trail starts right there from the parking lot.There many trails that branch off, but there are signs at every fork, so don't worry about finding your way. The first 4 miles are mid-difficulty, very nice views, mostly between trees.The last 2 miles are the most difficult part, 29% grade, you go up 2000...
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Mt. Langley day hike
by ybwhiker on Aug 13, 2009
Bartlett, California, United States
21 miles
After finishing Mt. Whitney hike in 12 hours, I challenge this one after only one day rest. This hike, on the way up, is more difficult than Mr. Whitney. Towards the summit, there is no visible hiking trail. It's Class 2 difficult climing, using hands sometime. But you do not need any equipment. On the summit, I can see the Mt. Whitney that I were there two days ago, a very proud...
Trailhead Sign Photo
Mustang Clover Photo
Marshy Trail near Pinto Lake Photo
Approaching Black Rock Pass Photo
This is a classic backpacking loop out of Mineral King.  Although it is under 30 miles long, this loop is typically done in four days or so since the elevation gain is so extreme (nearly 10k of vertical up and down). No matter which way you do this loop you will have a lot of climbing, but I strongly recommend going counter-clockwise as we did. Otherwise, you'll be climbing Sawtooth Pass on Day...
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Mineral King-Monarch Lake Hike
by Blazer on Oct 11, 2008
Mineral King, California, United States
3.1 miles
Almost every trail from Mineral King is a work out, and this one doesn't disappoint. The Monarch Lakes trail starts at, you guessed it, the Monarch Lakes trailhead parking lot. The trail heads up pretty steeply through a series of long switches until it reaches Monarch Creek in a pretty little grove. The views of Mineral King valley along this stretch are spectacular. The switches after the stream crossing are graded better (in fact...
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Mt. Langley (14032 ft) via Old Army Pass and Cottonwood Lakes
by rmetchev on Sep 05, 2010
Lone Pine, California, United States
19.7 miles
Two day backpack trip to Cottonwood Lakes and Mt. Langley via Old Army Pass.
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Muir Lake and Cottonwood Basin
by calipidder on Jul 24, 2010
Olancha, California, United States
14.3 miles
An overnight trip into Cottonwood Basin.This area has tons of lakes, great scenery, and fishing for goldens. It's a popular area but it is easy to find solitude if you are willing to go off-trail and explore. Mt Langley, one of California's short list of fourteeners, towers above the basin. This trip took us to Muir Lake where we set up our camp, then we wandered throughout the basin, eventually making our way...
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Cottonwood Lakes Trail Photo
Horseshoe Meadow Walk-in Campground Photo
Camp at Cottonwood Lakes Photo
Horseshoe Meadow to Cottonwood Lakes
by SurferXtine on May 30, 2010
Lone Pine, California, United States
13.2 miles
Trail head at Mineral King~Sequoia National Park Photo
Monarch Lake Photo
View of Columbine Lake from Sawtooth Pass Photo
Sawtooth Peak Photo
Kern Kaweah Circumnavigation - August 7-13, 2010
by ladyonarock on Aug 24, 2010
Three Rivers, California, United States
50 miles
Our 7 day backpack started at Mineral King in Sequoia National Park on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Right from the get go the trip proved to be an unforgettable adventure. Just to get to Mineral King included 25 miles of driving on a long (90 minutes worth) and narrow road that sported 698 curves, yep 698 curves. Mineral King Valley is an open glacial canyon surrounded by peaks of the Great Western...
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Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, CA
by yavery on Jul 08, 2013
Sequoia National Park, California, United States
0.4 miles
This is a quick and short hike but well worth it as the views are amazing!On our way back to the lodge (driving the car), my daughter spotted a bear and her cub feeding off a wooden log. That sighting made our day!

Reviews
joshuacourter
Went on a day hike with my toddler. Had a wonderful time on the Lakes Trail towards Heather Lake. Every time we go into the National Park, my family and I always have a great time. Couldn't be happier.
Visited 5 days ago

by joshuacourter 3 days ago
dukeredhair
I've been many times and it never dissapoints
Visited on Jul 13, 2014

by dukeredhair on Jul 16, 2014
dgrutherford
What's not to love?!?!
Visited on Oct 05, 2012

by dgrutherford on Jan 19, 2013
ernestomdo
My family and I always enjoy camping in the Sequoias.
Visited on Jul 15, 2011

by ernestomdo on Jun 13, 2013
klharmon
Great place to get away from it all
Visited on Sep 04, 2010

by klharmon on Mar 23, 2013
Touchstone
One of my favorites. Beautiful scenery and great hiking possibilities.
Visited on Sep 02, 2010

by Touchstone on Dec 27, 2011
upschuck
A great and relatively uninhabited trail. Minor Bushwhacking needed. If you're looking for solitude and awesome climbs this is the trail to take.
Visited on Aug 19, 2010

by upschuck on Jul 21, 2012
LaelsTrails
One of my favorite places to be even to this day.

Visited on Jan 06, 1990

by LaelsTrails on Mar 27, 2013

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