10 Great Hikes

Out of all of the incredible hikes in Sequoia National Park, we think that these ten trails will make your day trip into a truly memorable adventure. Happy hiking!

1. Tokopah Falls Trail

– The Tokopah Falls Trail leads visitors along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River to the grandeur of the waterfall of Tokopah Canyon. Accessed from the Lodgepole Campground, this trail is about 3.4 miles round-trip and is one of the easier hikes in the park, with only a slight upward grade. // Green Route, Lodgepole Campground Stop

2. Huckleberry Trail

– Squatter’s Cabin, built in the early 1880s, and Washington Tree, formerly the second largest in the park, can both be found along the Huckleberry Trail. The 4-mile loop will also lead you to access points for other gems in Sequoia National Park, including Tharp’s Log, Crescent Meadow and the Congress Group. // Green Route, Giant Forest Museum Stop

3. Crescent Meadow Loop Trail

– This quick and easy trail takes visitors along the outskirts of Crescent Meadow, a hotspot for wildlife activity as well as gorgeous wildflower blooms in the late spring and early summer. Both the Cleveland Tree and Chimney Tree are along the way. // Grey Route, Crescent Meadow Stop

4. Moro Rock

– While short, this 0.5-mile trail is no light stroll, as visitors will need to venture up more than 300 stone steps to reach the top of Moro Rock. The trek is well worth the work, as the view of the Great Western Divide to the west and the Generals Highway to the south will take your breath away. // Grey Route, Moro Rock Stop

5. Congress Trail

– Congress Trail is a relaxed 2-mile loop, perfect for beginner hikers and families with small children. This trail features some of the most famous trees in the park, including the President Tree, Chief Sequoyah, General Lee, General McKinley, and the House and Senate Groups. It is also paved and, therefore, stroller and wheelchair accessible. // Green Route, Upper & Lower Sherman Tree Stop

6. Circle Meadow Trail

– For an expedition deeper into the Giant Forest, head off the General Sherman Tree Trail onto this 3.3-mile loop and visit some of the park’s most popular landmarks, such as Chief Sequoyah, Black Arch, the Pillars of Hercules, Cattle Cabin, Founders Group and the Room Tree. // Green Route, Upper Sherman Tree Trail Stop

7. Log Meadow Trail

– Accessed via Crescent Meadow Trail, Log Meadow Trail is a 2-mile loop around Log Meadow that leads to Tharp’s Log, the fallen-tree-turned-park’s-first-cabin that housed Hale Tharp during the summer, while his cattle roamed Log Meadow. // Grey Route, Crescent Meadow Stop

8. Bear Hill Trail

– This 1.6-mile trail is the connecting path between the Giant Forest Museum and Moro Rock. On summer weekends and holidays, when the road is closed to private vehicles, you can take this hike as an alternate to the Shuttle, but do note that it can get fairly steep for a period. // Grey Route, Giant Forest Museum or Moro Rock Stop

9. Lakes Trail

– The aptly-named Lakes Trail leads to Heather, Emerald, Astor and Pear Lakes. The hike to Heather Lake is 4.5 miles round-trip and features the Watchtower, a large, natural granite monument overlooking the Tokopah Valley. One mile past Heather Lake are Emerald and Astor Lakes, and 2 miles past Heather Lake is Pear Lake; a popular backpacking destination. // Orange Route, Wolverton Stop

10. Muir Grove Trail

– The Muir Grove Trail, a tribute to wilderness explorer and naturalist John Muir, is one of the easier hikes, though it is 4 miles round-trip. This isolated hike allows visitors a chance to see some of the more secluded sequoias without leaving the trail. // Purple Route, Dorst Creek Campground Stop

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