Best trails in Golden Trout Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Golden Trout Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Golden Trout Wilderness ranging from 6.3 to 37.6 miles and from 8,270 to 12,322 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Cottonwood Pass / New Army Pass Loop
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 23.5 mi • Est. 11 h 59 m
Note: Parts of this trail are closed on the western side of the route. Please review the USDA's map for further information. https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?mapId=1a3dabe6-06e2-4766-ac55-a7d41b37ea14 Please be aware that the Cottonwood Lakes trail passes through Sequoia National Park and only service animals are allowed there, no pets. Horseshoe Meadow has two major trailheads (Cottonwood Lakes and Cottonwood Pass) providing access to areas such as the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, and the John Muir Wilderness. Numerous hiking adventures are possible. Show more
#2 - Muir Lake from the old Cottonwood Trailhead
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 7 h 2 m
NOTE: As of September 2020, this trail is closed due to unhealthy air quality. Reaching the lake is an uphill hike but the first half is almost flat and the second part, the steeper one, is nicely graded.Show more
#3 - Cottonwood Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 28 m
Please note that the gate leading to this trailhead is currently closed (06/04/2020). Cottonwood Lakes Loop starts from Horseshoe Meadow and travels from the Golden Trout Wilderness into John Muir Wilderness. The trip begins on a mostly sandy trail leading you North into the Golden trout Wilderness. After a mile there is reliable water in the form of a creek. Pass over the log bridge or rock hop, and proceed on the flat trail skirting a meadow that holds Cottonwood Creek. The trail begins to gain elevation and you will want to avoid a turn off toward Golden Trout Camp. Head up the trail across a well made log bridge, rock hop one more creek and come to a junction. You can chose to complete the loop section anyway you like. There are trails that shoot off from this loop that head to Muir Lake, South Fork Lake and New Army Pass.Show more
#4 - Cottonwood Lake #1 Trail [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
The hike isn't very stenuous at all.  Mostly flat with more aggressive switchbacks at the end which actually is much better, since it's less boring. There are a few places to get water, but 3-5L for the entire hike is good enough.Show more
#5 - Maggie Lakes via Summit Trail [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 18.6 mi • Est. 10 h 18 m
#6 - Chicken Spring Lake via Cottonwood Pass Trail [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
#7 - Lewis Camp Trail to the Little Kern River [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
The Little Kern River Bridge was built in 1957 and is still being maintained by the USDA Forest Service. Day hikes and over night hikes to this area are common for those wanting to fish the area for Golden Trout. The bridge is also built to handle equestrian use, which visitors are likely to see.Show more
#8 - Mount Langley Loop via Cottonwood Pass [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 30.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
#9 - John Muir Trail: Horseshoe Meadow to Happy Isles [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 227.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#10 - Blackrock Trailhead to Casa Vieja Meadows [CLOSED]
Golden Trout Wilderness
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
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