Best trails in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, views trails, forest 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 8 hard trails in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness ranging from 6.5 to 43.6 miles and from 2,080 to 14,471 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, California
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Wolverton to Panther Gap to Mehrten Meadow
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
#2 - Heather Lake and Pear Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route)
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
#3 - Watchtower Trail
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to winter weather conditions.Show more
#4 - Heather Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route)
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
This is the only open and only safe route to Heather Lake during the Winter. The Watchtower route is closed during Winter. This is the more challenging route to Heather Lake. The easier route for use during the summertime is here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/heather-lake-via-watchtower-trailShow more
#5 - Big Hamilton Lake Campsites to Precipice Lake
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
#6 - Beetle Rock
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
This well-traveled, paved 0.5-mile trail passes on the west side of the parking lot and continues across the General's Highway to the Giant Forest Museum. The trail is good for the whole family and has great views from Beetle Rock. Because Giant Forest Museum is maintained year-round, the trail is almost always open and passable. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least three feet wide. Passing with mobility equipment or strollers may be difficult, especially as there are steep drop-offs in some areas and no railings. The grade is gentle (all estimated 3% or less).Show more
#7 - Heather Lake, Pear Lake, Upper Big Bird Lake, Moose Lake, Mehrtet Meadow Loop
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 23.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a multi day trip. Wolverton to Pear Lake is a popular hike, with options along the way to take either the Watchtower Trail or the Hump Trail. Pear Lake is a great camping spot.  There is a Pear Lake ranger station, and the lake has permanent outhouses.   Pear Lake to Upper Big Bird Lake.  Stay to the North as you exit that canyon and it will be less steep, and a more direct route toward Big Bird.  The Table Meadows area is pretty neat. The Tablelands are endless granite, with no trees or wildlife. Once you get to above Big Bird Lake, this route takes a very steep descent down to Upper Big Bird Lake, and ends there instead of continuing on.   Upper Big Bird to Alta Meadows (~6.8 mi) Once you come out of the Upper Big Bird bowl, it is pretty easy hiking to Moose Lake.  Moose Lake is very shallow, and may be a good fishing spot.  There is a trail that goes around the lake on the West side, which this route follows. Alta Meadow itself is beautiful, covered in ferns of all different shades Alta Meadows to Wolverton (~6.6 mi) There are some good views on this portion of the trip, especially of Castle Rocks, along with some rock outcropping off the trail that looks like a lion.  Show more
#8 - Bear Hill and Moro Rock
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#9 - Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 43.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Point to point; Start at Onion Valley and go down John Muir trail to back side of Mount Whitney, then end at the Whitney Portal.Show more
#10 - Moose Lake via Watchtower and Pear Lakes Trails
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 9 h 42 m
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