Looking for a great trail in Sequoia National Forest, California? AllTrails has 70 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 28 moderate trails in Sequoia National Forest ranging from 1.5 to 46.2 miles and from 2,057 to 11,519 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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views

nature trips

bird watching

forest

wild flowers

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dog friendly

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trail running

kid friendly

camping

river

mountain biking

backpacking

waterfall

fishing

off road driving

horseback riding

lake

Sequoia National Forest, in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California has the highest concentration of giant sequoia tree groves in the world with 38 groves within the park boundaries. Other species of trees include Jeffrey Pine, Red Fir, Coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, and Lodgepole Pine. In addition to the big trees, the park also features 850 miles (1,370 km) of trails, camping facilities, and beautiful wilderness areas. Sequoia NF is the official home of the Boole Tree, 12000 foot peaks, granite monoliths, and many limestone caves. Check out the trails listed or go to the Visitor Center for more info. Sequoia National Park, Sequoia National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument are all next to one another in this area so it is a great place to make a trip out of.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Beautiful, mostly shaded walk through the mixed forest of sequoias and cedar. Snow wasn’t that much of issue but plenty of downed trees. Either way navigating around these obstacles was easy to get back on track. Brought the dogs for the hike it was perfect for them.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

This is a beautiful trail! For the first half, you walk along Brush Creek which is flowing strong as of April 2019. The second half is more steep and rocky without much shade. However, you eventually reach a pool and natural water slides. You can keep going up the rocks along the water slides. Currently, the water slides are too rough to swim down but, we saw many kayakers! The trail is dog friendly. My English Bulldog was able to make the trek with a little assistance so, a big dog would have no problem! Parts of the trail are overgrown so, you do have go off trail a little bit. They are multiple ways to take the trail so, don’t worry if the way you leave doesn’t look the same as you came. Overall, a very pretty trail!

on Camp Nelson Trail

muddy
off trail
snow
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful place! It was like an obstacle course after a while but overall it was great! There is snow on parts and it's pretty tricky to stay on the trail but we managed. We made it 2.2 miles in before the fallen trees and snow stopped us. We plan on returning soon to complete it once the snow has melted.

fun quiet hike loved it

good morning hike !

Just rating this so I can write a review for the current conditions. Despite what most trail guides state, this trail is completely snowed in currently and looks like it will be for a month or two! Trail is not visible and covered in about 3-4 feet of snow. I was very excited to complete this and disappointed to find these conditions! Not even the people in town knew the trail was inaccessible. Just wanted everyone to be aware in case anyone tries to complete this in the next few weeks.

I’m sure this is a great trail and so I don’t want to give it a poor rating however, please be aware that the roads to access the trail are completely closed in April and likely late fall, winter, and all of spring! I went all the way up the 56 to get there only to find the road closed with a big gate about a mile from the trailhead. Very disappointing as I don’t know if this is common knowledge for tourists!

hiking
off trail
snow
2 days ago

Beautiful trail. Great scenery and amazing views of some large sequoias, and the river. Parts of the trail were difficult to follow given the snow and fallen trees. Tried to hike this up to the 190 and got terribly lost (I don’t recommend). But would be a nice out and back trail when the snow melts and the fallen trees are cleared, likely in the next couple months!

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails as it holds a sentimental value, so I may be biased. My father, brother and I would fly fish along this trail. Anyway, I really like early spring as the snow begins to melt. It’s easy in that it does not vary much in altitude but it can be a little rugged with sharp rocks.

I took the Mill Creek Trail to the top of Breckenridge Mountain. See the Mill Creek Trail page for the lower part of this hike. At the upper end of Mill Creek Trail, you will see three big trailhead signs similar to the lower end of the trail from Kern Canyon Rd. This is because you can start the trail from the top and hike downhill. It is accessible from Breckenridge Road. A quarter mile farther is Squirrel Meadow where you will start to walk on the paved Breckenridge Road. You then encounter a sign pointing to both Breckenridge Campground (.5 miles) and Breckenridge Look Out (5 miles). A dirt road takes a long gentle curve up the hill.

I decided to take a shortcut by going off-trail. Honestly, going off-trail is more dangerous with the uneven/unstable terrain as well as potential to be bitten by something, and therefore I recommend taking the dirt road the whole way to the summit. My off-trail path was steeper and more difficult in general and therefore I don't think it is actually faster than staying on the long dirt road. Should you choose to go off-trail, a better path than my recording can be made. Use the "Terrain" map, it shows smaller dirt roads that don't appear on the AllTrails default map, which can be used to make easy shortcuts.

My recording shows a 22.2 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 5,689 ft., completed with a moving time of 8 hours 50 minutes. The cool thing about doing such a long ascent is seeing the scenery go from brush and oak trees to towering conifers. There are outhouses at Breckenridge Campground as well as at the summit. The summit has a fire lookout tower which is occupied by a ranger during fire season. People are allowed up there to visit.

The actual high point of the summit is a bit elusive. To me it looked like the 15-20 foot tall rock formation next to the outhouse was the highest point, which is on same easternmost mound as the lookout. The topo map shows a higher point on the mound that is a few hundred feet to the west, though it didn't look higher to me. There is supposed to be a summit register on the rock formation. I didn't attempt to climb the rock because I was hiking solo and didn't want to risk an injury.

There was plenty of water in the streams from snow melt when I did this hike, but you should carry a lot of water particularly when it starts to warm up. Be prepared for varying conditions. It can be hot below with cold wind at the top. Gloves and beanie should be packed with a jacket. Don't forget sun protection. All in all, this was a massively strenuous hike, and as a result, highly rewarding

For more info: https://www.summitpost.org/breckenridge-mountain/246921
See discussion here: http://www.surgent.net/highpoints/ca/range/breckenridge.html

PS: Thank You to the family that was picnicking at Breckenridge Campground on Easter 2019 for kindly feeding me as I came down from the Summit!

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

One of my favorite trails and go to! While the bridge to get over the creek was washed out, you can still hike up and down the creek. Supposedly, there’s pools for swimming and fishing further up. We ran out of time to find but will look again soon!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
4 days ago

Beautiful trail.

Nice little walk, easy trail, some rocks. The creek was high and not passable so we hung out on the bank before we walked back. Pretty area.

hiking
5 days ago

hiked 15 miles all together on the trail, we went up to the snow and turned around. Im not sure what the official turnaround point was but it was a beautiful, tough hike! the water crossings were fun too

backpacking
snow
5 days ago

The wildflowers are beautiful for the first 3 miles! We backpacked this trail 2 weeks ago and ran into snow covering the entire trail about 8 miles up, came down a few miles to camp since it was so cold and the summited the peak the next day (not sure the name) We'll be back to make it to the meadow later in the season. It was a wonderful challenging hike!

steep Sandy trail to natural hit springs. tubs flooded with spring meltwater.

hiking
6 days ago

Trail starts off for the 1st mile going up hill at a nice steady pace. After the saddle you go back down to the creek and cross a few times then you go along the creek for a bout a mile at one point you’re walking through the creek about 500 to 700 feet stretch then you go back up the hill back to the west to the cave. The cave is awesome! It is large, about 250 to 300 feet to the back with plenty of stalagmites and stalactites we saw two bats. Overall awesome hike.

A bit technical in places , but so worth it

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
8 days ago

Really fun trail, saw some wildlife and some bear tracks while I was there. Around 50 percent of the trail is covered in snow and about 25 percent didn't have any indication of where the trail is. Take your time and you should be fine, just be ready to navigate through downed trees as well.

Overall, great trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Such a great trail! Very well maintained. Right around mile 2 the wild flowers really start showing up! We will definitely be back.

hiking
bugs
no shade
10 days ago

Relatively flat hike. A lot of the trees are dead and many have fallen over. Some are blocking the trail. They have used a chainsaw on the trees near the campground but otherwise the hike required short detours around fallen timber. The hike isn't very scenic with all the dead trees. Some of the flowers are there right now and others have gone dormant already. The joshua trees are just starting to bloom. The mountains nearby have a thick color of yellow from flowers. There are many lizards. There were 2 toilets at the campground needing some cleaning. I only passed 1 hiker on the trail and saw some horse manure. There were some bugs and flies.

hiking
11 days ago

Of the hundreds of hikes I have done, this one is one of my all time favorites. Happened to time it perfectly to catch the super bloom of wildflowers. There are some in the first 2 miles, but the bulk of the wildflowers are between 2 and 4 miles. It’s not a hard hike at all. I mapped it to 10.6 miles. Trail is well established and clearly marked. Love this hike. Go soon to catch the wildflowers before it gets hot

hiking
bugs
rocky
12 days ago

It was a really nice trail overall very rocky and some areas you have to be careful but the of you and scenery was worth it.

Looks like the road is open again but we hiked up from the bottom of Rincon which isn't passable by cars anyway. Not a lot of shade at the bottom but once you get higher the trail has plenty of shade and is very beautiful. We turned around at the bridge where Salmon Creek was really flowing. 7 miles r.t. from our car.

hiking
no shade
over grown
17 days ago

Spring time is the only good time to visit this trail, as there is no shade and faces south towards the sun. I suggest starting early AM and not going beyond May, before it gets too hot! Bring extra water.

Our trek today was beautiful. The super bloom in full force after much needed rain. Barely noticed the cars on the highway with the roaring river and gentle breezes blowing the tall grass. Did I mention the amazing wildflowers?!

We didn't go the whole way, only to the gate. I'm estimating we did 3/4 of the trail because we went beyond where I could see Old Kern Canyon Rd across the river. Will go back next spring and do the whole thing!

hiking
18 days ago

Really gorgeous flowers this time of year, there are some spots that are definitely worth the time. The trail is right next to a freeway for most of the walk, but when you're not looking right at the cars driving by it's easy to forget about.

This is an amazing trail, and has some campsite too. From what I could tell the fishing isn't great and there is a restriction on the fish you can catch. It says it on the sign as you walk up. I'm a avid fisher and I didn't see any fish, and the people I talked to said they weren't catching any either. But the area is beautiful, quite rocky at first but get easier and better later on. I personally want to go back and camp there. It's the best trail I've done so far out here in kern county. 5 stars !

First hike in years, enjoyed every moment of it.

hiking
19 days ago

Don’t miss the flowers on this trail!! Absolutely stunning at every turn. We hiked out about 2.5 miles and the flowers kept getting better and better! The higher you go the more beautiful. The elevation gain is very gradual so not a difficult hike. Exposed trail so bring plenty of water.

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