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off road driving
1 day ago

did this in the dark as we got a late start. This is easy dirt road with a few minor obstacles. The whole road can be driven with car and some care. We traveled the whole length moving slowly avg 15 mph All the way to the 155 connection. It was a great trip and the first one on a used 4 wheel drive i had just bought. So we were gambling on a breakdown on a road I had never been on , but with the great info available here on ALLTRAILS we had a great adventure. Recommend this road for pleasant day or night trip

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is definitely a 5

Unlike most places around the Sequoias, this trail allows you to get right up next to the giant trees. There is a easy to walk, paved trail. You have to pay $5 to park, which is unusual in national forest land, but they are doing quite a bit of work clearing out the dead trees. That part of the forest has been hard hit by the bark beetle.

hiking
2 days ago

You can actually drive up to within a few yards of Dome Rock, but park below for an easy hike under the pines. The rock provides some of the most spectacular views you can get anywhere. The sides slope down and are deceptively steep, so watch your young ones.

My group would rate this hike as strenuous - especially in the 100 degree heat. The trail has virtually no shade and gains elevation quickly. The cave is a welcome respite from the heat, and you can use the creek water to refill your supply if you have a filter. I'd recommend this hike in a cooler season. Watch out for the poison oak!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail. Not crowded at all. Well worth it.

Nice and easy. Beautiful views.

Good trail. Gets very hot in summer tho, so early hikes are best

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike with lots of shade. If you drive about 3 miles in on the dirt path and start at the trail head it is just over 4 miles hiking. We went on a Friday in July during tower "open hours" but the gate was locked at the 2nd flight of stairs which was disappointing. 2 dogs and 10 yo daughter did ok. It's a lot of up hill on way to peak. bring water for dogs and be careful of all the bumble bees.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice spot. River Water to high so all but 2 were fluded. Would come again.

hiking
12 days ago

nice hike, moderate rating is accurate. the region is post but still good views

walking
13 days ago

I got very lucky and arrived on the first day it opened since the snow melted, the tree were cleared some, and the roads were open. It was worth the drive - spectacular trees and nice paved trail. The damage from the winter was evident and the crews were still clearing some of the trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice trail - thoroughly enjoyed hiking this one solo.

backpacking
14 days ago

My friend and I hiked in to the unofficial campground near the end of the trail over Memorial Day, and were happy to find we got lucky and it was unoccupied! Gorgeous hike down through meadows, sequoias, over the creek a couple times. We used this as a training hike so were breaking in boots and had fully loaded backpacks, and it was perfect, especially because the higher elevations were still snowed in. The camp site is one of those treasures you want to leave perfect as you found it! It's along the creek, with a nice hiker-established fire ring (we didn't use because we hadn't gotten a permit). The hike back is all up, as others have commented, but it's a great trail and well-graded so there's really only a couple sections that cause any strain. We took about 2 hours to get down and 2.5 hours to get back, with 45 pounds on our backs and taking our time...not bad. Unburdened this would be just enough to get the blood pumping. I highly recommend - Freeman Creek is gorgeous and has lots of water this year. And the sequoia are truly guardians in this forest. You can also take a pack horse ride down - the folks who lead them are very nice and that might be fun for anther time. I will be back for sure.