Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
10 days 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
11 days 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.

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.

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

Hiked up to Heather Lake on January 28th. The trail is easy until you get to hump trail. It is quite a climb up to the lake but well worth it. We passed a few folks taking breaks as the climb was steep. Glad we took our crampons as the trail was a bit icy in the beginning and covered in the snow at the top. The lake was frozen but we enjoyed the view from our hammock :). We hike most weekends and like to climb so this trail was awesome for what we were looking for! Take it easy on the climb up. It may feel like forever reaching the top but you’ll get there and the views are very rewarding

hiking
4 months ago

Did this trail last weekend. I only went up to watchtower. Beautiful views. Lots of snow at the watch point so be careful. Bring layers and be prepared for snow. My feet got wet from the snow. Saw fresh bear tracks so they’re out and about.

Loved this hike! Definately more challenging on the way to Heather lake via hump trail because of the uphill challenge the majority of the way! However, the trail is beautiful and well maintained. I would definately go on the himpbtrail again! Loved it❤️

Challenging but doable! Slow and steady wins the race. Did this in January 2018. Goal was Heather Lake. Made it! Lake was frozen. Hung out with my lovely wife on a hammock and enjoyed the view of Marble Fork Canyon. Look forward to doing it again in spring where I’ll take the Watchtower Trail.

this hike was pretty awesome. Hump trail which is less than 2 miles till heather lake, climbs upto 1150 ft. Watchtower route is closed due to icy conditions. There was very less snow at this time, we had to put spikes near heather lake descending. Snow started at around 9400 ft, below that there were patches of snow.

Did this trail last weekend. Notice! This trail does not go through to the Lakes area during the winter. Incredible view!!

This was a nice hike - did it in early June and was subdued by clouds/fog towards the end of the climb. No views at the summit, consequently, but bounding down the still-deep snow on the way down was good fun.

One of the best views of my life! I'm 49 now, and I was there at age 15

Great hike even during the winter! Highly recommend crampons

I've done this one in the spring, summer, fall, and snowshoed it in the winter. gorgeous view!

backpacking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great Hike

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Nice short paved trail near the Sequoia NP Giant Forest Museum, a short walk from the overflow parking lot to Beetle Rock and the Beetle Rock Family Nature Center. Beetle Rock is an open bald granite flat mound with impressive views to the south and west. The trail begins at the bathrooms in the overflow parking lot, and is fairly flat to Beetle Rock. Great spot for kids. Nice place for a picnic but can get crowded.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Very easy hike stunning views.

It was a breathtaking and majestic stop on our way towards Alta meadow. My boyfriend and I had a brief picnics there as well. Well worth it!

walking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nice walk. Wheelchair accessible.

walking
Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Beetle Rock hike, if it can be called a hike, is a short walk from the overflow parking lot at Giant Forest to the Giant Forest Museum. The paved trail leads you right up onto Beetle Rock and the Beetle Rock Family Nature Center. The center is a facility for educational groups that are studying the park. Beetle Rock is a large granite slope with impressive views to the south and west. The trail begins at the bathroom in the overflow parking lot, climbs just a bit and emerges onto Beetle Rock. This is a great spot for have a little fun scrambling and exploring after the car ride up the mountain. This is a play land for kids that like to poke around boulders and chase chipmunks and lizards. The views are wonderful, but best viewed in the evening when the sun is setting it the West. The trail will pass on the West side of the parking lot and continue across the Generals Highway to the Giant Forest Museum. This area is a staging area for the free shuttle system the park service uses to cut down on private vehicles in the park.

Started at Wolverton on this out and back adventure. I hiked to Panther Gap where the view was great. First half of the trail had no snow however, the conditions changed the second half. The snow was covering the trail so you had to rely on the markers which slowed me down.

trail running
Friday, March 18, 2011

Nice trail run. Came in from Wolverton and out via High Sierra trail from the Mehrten creek bivouac site.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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