Best trails in Sequoia National Forest, California

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Looking for a great trail in Sequoia National Forest, California? AllTrails has 67 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 36 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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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.

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Map of trails in Sequoia National Forest, California
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Top trails (67)
#1 - Trail of 100 Giants
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
The road to the trailhead closes seasonally. It is typically open from the end of May until November 15 (closes after the first big snowstorm). Please be sure to check with the park prior to your visit. A wonderful, family-friendly meander through Long Meadow Grove, which features sequoia trees that are up to 1,500 years old. There is a $5 parking fee. Accessibility: This trail is paved/boardwalk and typically over four feet wide but has several steep sections where the grade is between 8% and 12% (at about 0.2 and 0.8 miles) so it may be too steep for wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users without assistance. Other than that it is mostly gentle, all 5% or less.Show more
#2 - Unal Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#3 - Seven Teacups Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
Seven Teacups is a short section of Dry Meadow Creek just before it joins the Kern River. The canyon is mostly used for canyoneering but the upper pools are accessible without gear. This canyon is best visited in summer or fall, or whenever the flow is not extremely high as there are flow-related challenges. The majority of the hike is on the relatively flat "River Trail", with the finish being quite scrambly up the Dry Meadow Creek. Follow the tips and be safe.Show more
#4 - Packsaddle Cave Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
This hike begins about 16 miles north of Kernville on Mtn. 99 just north of the Fairview Campground. The trail climbs three miles to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave to see the remaining stalactites and stalagmites. You will gain elevation fairly constantly with a 900 ft gain to cross the ridge/saddle. Along this incline, you can see deer brush, manzanita, live oak, digger pine and sagebrush. The trail dips down to the creek, crossing it about three times. Inside the cave there are stalactites and stalagmites so bring a flashlight!Show more
#5 - Camp Nelson Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
The access road leading to the trailhead often closes seasonally. Expect to add distance to your overall hike.Show more
#6 - Johnsondale Bridge Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#7 - Remington Hot Spring Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 17 m
#8 - Mill Creek Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 8 h 51 m
#9 - Kern River Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#10 - Freeman Creek Trail
Sequoia National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
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