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hiking
3 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.

hiking
4 days ago

We’re so disappointed not to see the teacups! We tried three different places to cross the river and couldn’t do it without a dry bag (water shoes and bathing suits would be good too). We saw rock climbers with ropes, helmets, and wetsuits up the canyon, but we didn’t figure out how to get there even after reading all the tips. It’s a nice hike along the river but pretty hot in August.

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

hiking
9 days ago

This trail is in a well visited part of the Kern river, plan to get there before all the campers as parking is limited to about 20 cars. The trail is very mild as it follows the trail with at most a 3-4 hundred foot gains and loss.

In order to get to the tea cups one must ford the river. Following the route leads to a calm area to swim/float across. One can access the first tea cup easily.

If visiting the other tea cups I Highly recommend climbing shoes if not taking repelling gear. In order to see all seven cups one must be skilled at boldering, repelling and general mountaineering.

I forgot to turn record off while driving back the route was 6 miles round trip.

Enjoy!

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.

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.

This was an awesome hike when it was snowing. There was a huge circle around the hot springs from the heat!!! Always be careful if you jump in the river though!!!

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

hiking
18 days ago

It’s a glute buster to start, but pretty amazing to change through so many biomes. A head lamp will help for cave exploration and definitely fill your camel pack full of ice because it gets warm!!!!

hiking
22 days ago

This trail was awesome! Easy hike, mostly uphill. There are a few views that poke through the trees that are really cool. I saw deer and surprisingly 4 cows at the summit. Definitely would do it again!

Amazing trail. We camped across the street the night before. Started at 630 a.m. The hike up to the top of the main ridge was steep but was in shade the whole way up. The trees and creek were a nice change of scenery. There was a camping spot before the final push up to the cave. It was 100 degrees that day and the trek down was hell. Bring something to replace your electrolytes if you're hiking in the heat. We went through a ton of water. The Kern River offers a nice way to cool off when you're done.

Thus trail is a little strenuous but very impressive. Some steep open hot sections and some creek side shady sections. Scenery very impressive. Easy to get to. .

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

This cave was awesome! one of the coolest things I have seen on a hike.

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.

We went to this trail that goes right along the river. The maps brings you right to the bridge where you start off. You can go down on either side of the river to swim. Past that, I didn’t bother unless you were planning on going to 7 teacups. If you do plan this in summer, there is barely any shade. Bring lots of water! I brought my pup on this and wouldn’t dare leave her off leash. Bring extra water for the pup too! Very rocky, not very kid friendly. Would deforest rate this as moderate.

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.

Trail had great views and not much elevation climb but the uneven path is what made this the most difficult. We took our 8 year old daughter and everyone was pretty worn by the end. I would recommend bringing snacks and stopping along the trail to see views on the river.

Also, it was difficult to see the teacups unless you were able to cross the river and has access to a drone.

I came across this trail when I saw the cave marked on a map. I definitely had to take this as an opportunity to see the cave! It was worth the trek but be sure to leave early in the morning because it gets hot and there’s not a whole lot of shade. The views are great throughout and when you get by the creek you can really soak up your bandana to keep cool. I took my dog on this trail and he loved it. Be sure to bring lots of water- i drank nearly 3 liters the whole way! Coconut water was a nice thing to carry.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Watch your feet the trails is littered with rocks. Made the swim to the waterfalls in 2015 and 2016. I would NOT attempt a river crossing in 2018, We got in and could not cross and had to float down to a spot to get out. Stay out for 2018. If you try it, go up past the teaccups until the river bends and try there. Wear a life jacket. I"d stay out until next year and try again.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing, can't wait to go back

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).

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.

on Mill Creek Trail

1 month ago

I'm a beginning hiker but my son told me the first couple miles of this trail would be easy. I'm so glad I went for it! I walked in a little less than 2 miles and loved every step of it before it got steeper and I decided to turn back. There were a couple of low stream crossings, beautiful views, and we got to see it coyote run across the trail close in front of us with a squirrel in his mouth. I can't wait to go back and challenge myself to go further uphill.

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. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail with awesome views. There was a nice breeze and a lot of shade. Make sure you make it to the top, it’s an easy two miles.

2 months ago

The view at the top was amazing! Well worth the hike

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