Explore the most popular birding trails in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I randomly chose this trail because the trail I was wanting to do was a bit farther out. I’m really happy to have done this one. Not difficult at all. The view up top is breathtaking and would recommend to everyone.

If you are planning to head to Pear Lake Ski Hut in the Winter make sure you go low around Aster lake and don’t follow the trail on this map that goes between Aster Lake and Emerald Lake. PLEASE NOTE: During winter conditions the route on this map is the summer route and takes you into very steep avalanche prone area. It’s a little confusing because there are Yellow Trail Blazes that mark the trail for both summer and winter routes. Don’t rely on the blazes as your only means of navigation. Go low around Aster Lake!!! Here’s a link to a map for this section: http://imgur.com/a/FbEzq

nice hike good workout, recommended for those that like hiking and backpacking

The uphill hump trail to heather lake is more like strenuous... there is no break! We would recommend doing the watchtower trail to heather lake and returning using the downhill version of the hump trail.... much more enjoyable experience! Beautiful scenery on the watchtower trail and heather lake is amazing as well!!! Enjoy your hike

I have done this hike about 4 times. It is moderate until the climb out of Pear lake, which is off trail. It then becomes quit difficult. It's a scramble and at times you will be using your hands. Finding the correct route up from Pear to the table lands is tricky. Once on top it's moderate again. The scenic overlook on the NW rim is breathtaking and well worth the trip. If you plan to do this in one day, you better be a lot younger and fitter that I. A little land navigation is necessary, but I would classify that as moderate.

This was a great trail..the first part of the trail was great no one in sight, had the trail to ourselves. Morow Rock had amazing views but very
crowded. Not much wildlife seen except a few bird sightings and squirrels.

hiking
2 months ago

Not much of a hike - it is a two minute walk up a path from the parking lot - but a great place to watch sunset. My five year old son loved exploring the rock.

hiking
2 months ago

Bear Hill and the adjacent Solider Loop Trail is an excellent choice when in Sequoia NP, as the trails are well maintained and marked very easily. We hiked up Solider Loop to climb Moro Rock and returned down Bear Hill. The scenery and ancient trees were beautiful towering monuments! Would definitely choose the solitude of these trails compared to some other busier routes. Downside to these two choices is sometimes it circles too close to the road and you can hear the shuttles constantly.

hiking
3 months ago

Second time doing this short hike to the beginning of Moro Rock steps. So much greenery in the summer and lots of insects! Make sure to take you insect repellent! Also, spotted a bear midway on the trail back to the parking lot! Looked right at us, then went back to its business. Great experience!

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike! My Garmin did read 8 miles and not the 6.6 in the description. Definitely worth the extra though. We came to escape the heat of the valley in June and was able to enjoy the meadows, streams, and the lookout at the 4 mile marker. The trail was well maintained and direction markers easy to understand. Bugs were not a problem as we used repellent before starting. We did encounter a bear, but it was a ways away off the trail as we came through. Views were spectacular and overall a great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike to get to Morro Rock, but for some it may be a little strenuous getting to the top of the rock. If you are in shape it should be a breeze. Beautiful views. Get there early if you want to want to beat the tourists!

on Moro Rock Full Trail

4 months ago

Excellent hike and morro rock at sunset!

That was great! Did it along with Alta peak, which you see from the lake. That made it very special. As of End of May, there was still snow, and the watchtower segment was closed, but I did it and had no problem whatsoever (but there is snow and ice...so.... you need to know what you are doing)

That was great! Did it along with Alta peak, which you see from the lake. That made it very special. As of End of May, there was still snow, and the watchtower segment was closed, but I did it and had no problem whatsoever (but there is snow and ice...so.... you need to know what you are doing)

hiking
4 months ago

Nice view! As of late May, the trail was closed due to snow and ice. Doable, but you have to know what you are doing... Also, it's worth going a bit further to the lake

hiking
4 months ago

It's a nice little extra walk that isn't as crowded as other place. Lots of birds

It's a nice and easy segment. You have some nice views. Saw a bear near panther gap, that was exciting!

Still quite a bit of snow above 8,000 ft. Trail wasn’t super well marked due to the snow so look for footprints. Gorgeous views once you get to the top of the first climb.

Great mountain views, easy hike through Sequoias to get to Moro Rock

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail again this past weekend and my Apple Watch showed this hike to be approx 8.5 miles round trip. A bit of snow patches in several spots as we hiked. Gorgeous views at the watchtower. Can’t get to pear lake from the watchtower trail but if you’re going to the lakes, take the hump trail. We talked to some nice fellow hikers and found out you can get to heather lake from there. On our way back we spotted a bear near the trailhead so just a heads up, they’re out and about. Definitely worth the beautiful hike!

hiking
5 months ago

May 13, 2018, trail marked as “Closed”, we continued anyway, some snow but not enough to slow us down. Definitely worth the hike, great views at the Watchtower!

Did this after the crazy winter in 2017 and it was a short steep climb up snow as there was pretty much no visible trail. If you do this in winter make sure you have decent navigation skills and don't walk over running water as pretty much everyone in my group post holed at least once.

This trail does not actually connect as shown. You will have to make a bit of our own path to connect. Went end of April and there was snow about 3 miles in.

Great views up on top. Over 300 stairs to climb once you have reached the rock!

I hiked the first 4.1 miles and back today, only up to Heather Lake. I would certainly have completed the trail up to Pear Lake if it wasn't for some pesky mild foot pain I've been babying lately and that made me decide not to overdo it. If it wasn't for that, I would have kept going, albeit at a slowish pace due to the snowy conditions higher up. The trail was largely snow-free at the trailhead, but gradually transformef into a winter wonderland by the time I got to Heather Lake. I left my crampons at home, but it wouldn't have hurt bringing them along. There were quite a few other hikers, and by far most of them also only wore simple footwear / normal hiking shoes. I'm looking forward to returning to do the full trail and maybe take the Watchtower route later in the year.

There are a few good spots along the river off of the trail if you look. Not a bad hike.

4/2/18: Views were worth the effort. Made it to pear lake without snow shoes or skis. Snow is melting quickly though.

With the snow and being short of time, only walked the first two miles and then turned around. Other trail users were skiers (7), snowshoes (6), hikers (5). Totally coming back1

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