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Great flat trail which brings exercise and tranquility into a nice mix. Lots of plants and water foul and a great nature center that also has a free book exchange library.

Good for an hour walk. Check the high tide!

hiking
4 days ago

We drove in and parked at the base of the rock. Easy, quick scurry up to the top. Beautiful views, I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Sequoia National Forest.

Easy, paved trail with great views of impressive redwoods. Good walk for kids.

walking
9 days ago

The trees are amazing, the trail is a very light paved walk in a loop. It was a nice casual stroll. Be prepared to pay the GOV $5 for parking. And no an America The Beautiful pass will not be accepted.

really nice and easy walk through. bring a pair of sandals just in case you want to dip your feet in the ocean and cool off. great halfway reward before heading back.

There are a few places to park along the trail. Its great if you're looking for something flat. there's lots of shade so its great as a trail to walk/jog on a hot or humid day. very dog friendly and relatively wide paths. only downside is that it's close to highway 5 freeway and there's some noise from that as you get closer west.

Very hot! Would be best early am hours. However it was a very nice work out.

We first walk this trail in April 2017 and the path was covered with downed trees and large branches and we had to crawl over or around the debris. We went again in May and June 2018 and it was a huge improvement, just a shame that there are people that have ruin the beauty of the trail with graffiti and carvings.

the trail was easy and we could actually touch the giant trees.

We started at the Sorrento Valley Rd Parking lot, crossed over to the North Trail at the Wagon Wheel Crossing and stayed on the North Trail until the Carson's Crossing when we returned back on the South Trail. The waterfall wasn't much of a waterfall due to lack of rain recently, but the area was still pretty. There is a lot of wildlife to see - all kinds of birds (even saw some hummingbirds in the trees at Carson's Crossing), lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and scat from a bunch of different animals that reside in the Preserve. There is some shade, but not much so be sure to bring lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, and clothing to shield you from the sun. It is an easy hike with minimal inclines. The trail is a mix of loose sand, packed sand, hard dirt, loose rocks. There are a lot of unmarked trails connecting to the main trails so make sure to bring a map to keep track of where you are. The bathroom at the parking area is a single portable toilet. Signs at the trailhead indicate the area has ticks, but the paths are quite wide in most places and easy to stay on the trail - doesn't hurt to use bug spray just in case. We went midday on a weekday and only saw a few other people (some on bikes and some walking) - however, I can see how this can be a busy trail during peak times.

walking
23 days ago

Pleasant mellow walk along the lagoon. There use to be motorcycle tracks back in the day where the turn around point and visitor center are located today. Times change

hiking
25 days ago

Go early in the morning if you can to avoid the high heat. It is a fairly easy hike. The areas through the slot are not very big. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. 4WD is not required to get to the trailhead parking lot, but not sure I would recommend going with a low ground clearance car.

on Trail of 100 Giants

walking
29 days ago

Super easy little hike. All paved. Great for the little ones and lots of information. Can be really crowded at times. I’ve been here about 5-6 times. More crowded on the weekends.

Amazing. Super accessible to all. It’s a paved walkway the whole length

Great space to stop & stretch your legs.
This is more of a botanical garden type walk with a paved trail. There is a shortloop or you can add a 2nd loop for a little longer of a walk. Pro: It's a very friendly place. $5 to park across the street. well marked. Accessible for those using wheelchairs & mobility devices. Cons: It is popular & 1 of the more crowded places in the forest. The accessibility features don't extend to signage.

on Shepherd Canyon

1 month ago

Park at Chinese community church and head down the trail.

This past week, my group and I watched the sunset and went rappelling off of this rock! It’s was a great first experience. Be warned that the hike back up is tough. Our guides had ropes.

Located directly across the street from the el cap trailhead this is a hidden gem! Perfect hike for kiddos! Beautiful lake views!

hiking
1 month ago

This area used to be a good hunting area way back when I was young. It is still beautiful and a nice walk around. The camp ground, if not full, is nice also. I go there often, think about when I was a boy sitting under one of these trees watching everything, listening to the wend and watching for deer. Used to be so quiet then. How things change. The mountains are full of redwood groves, just have to get out and find them.

Nice and easy little stroll amongst some very majestic sequoias~! This is a very popular spot so be prepared to have to wait a little bit if you’re into taking pictures at certain trees. $5 to park right across from the trailhead. Sunscreen and bug spray will be helpful for you and your furry companion. Please be respectful of these amazing giants and Mother Nature in general—it was so upsetting to see that people have written dumb nonsense on logs and whatnot....stay on the trail and clean up after yourself and your pup(s).

Great place to work out. I’ve only run into 1 person. And the view is so pretty. I can workout t my comfort level and push myself without any concern. Plenty of shade and signs to stay on trails! I enjoy this place very much!!!

walking
1 month ago

Peaceful, nice, low traffic, $5 parking, well maintained, etc

Would be better with free parking and signs for the trees.

My first hike after knee replacement surgery. This trail is paved and wheelchair friendly. The giant sequoia's are majestic and it is permitted to walk up and touch them. Unfortunately the Pine Bark Beetles killed the pines in the area and most of them had to be cut down as a precaution against a canopy fire. Federal National Monument regulations prevent the removal of the felled trees so the logs litter the area. Although this is unsightly the walk is still magnificent. There is a campground across the road and a parking lot for hikers. The lot is run by a state agency and well worth the $5 fee for its public toilets and nice picnic tables. This is an easy hike for children and seniors.

Easy, pretty and dog friendly, but it is sad/annoying to see all the people defacing the trees and roaming off trail. Still, the Giants are always breathtaking to see. :)

My wife and I really enjoyed this hike. Plenty of shade and benches.

Interesting trail, great incline at the beginning and then trail stops because it is overgrown.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice quick and quiet trail. No real scenic spots but the overall vibe is a great little marsh like area with tons of birds and a nice little pond. Very well managed. People care about this trail

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