Explore the most popular birding trails in Sequoia National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hot springs. Not to many people during the week.

mountain biking
8 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

This trail is not moderate. I'd rank it as easy. It's not marked, but just take Nelson Rd. to the very end... thru the area of cabins. The trail is a little over 5miles. Many beautiful moments, however there has been some recent lumbering.. lots of cut trees and logs along the first mile or so. The river is pretty full and beautiful as are the giant sequoias. I would definitely go again.

hiking
25 days ago

We hike all over Keyesville a few times a week. I really like that there is a massive amount of ways to go, trails to hike. I recently hiked and we saw a big gopher snake (what I was told by reptile rescue was a gopher, see photo), We also saw a deceased Bobcat, looked pretty young. I was a little bummed because it looked like it may have been shot and I have hiked there and found shotgun shells on at least 3 different occasions, that sometimes worries me because if someone is shooting and they don't know where people are at on these trails it can be very bad. All in all its a really easy/moderate trail and I love the different paths and scenery.

I was dumb and tried to hike to the end and let me tell you after about 3-4 miles it becomes very steep and makes me think it’s more tailored to dirt bikes that can handle 6 miles of unrelenting uphill. After the first meadow and couple miles there are no places to camp at all, maybe one flat part 4-5 miles in. It is also full of about 20 blind ridges and passes that make you think you are almost past the hardest part but then it just gets steeper and there’s another 3 ridges you didn’t see before. So first 1-4 miles is a nice, normal hike. The rest is hell and I don’t recommend for hikers. A lot of rocks to make your feet hurt and no accessible water until maybe the end but I didn’t get that far.

Beautiful wildflowers and very peaceful once you climb above the highway. Nice trail with frequent shade. Great spring hike!

It’s so nice & the water feeels great but a lot of weirdos lol

Awesome trail!

trail running
1 month ago

well maintained trail thanks to the "Stuards of the Sierras" volunteering to keep these trails nice and clear for us. thanks guys!

This trail is easy until mile 2.5 from there elevation is gained quickky and without mercy almost all the way to mile 7.5.
I was not prepared for that since other used have said this trail was "easy" im an experienced hiker/trail runner and i would rate some sections of this as hard.
After about Mile 6 you are all the way up in the big pretty pine trees with good canopy cover. its much prettier and there was a spring at mile 7 i was able to filter water out fro. and even got cell sigal

in total i logged 14.45 miles for this out and back.

Is there a sign at Lightner Peak ? I think I passed it today ????? Great trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Lost my GOPRO if you found it or find it please send me a text. 6619794798. Much appreciated.

hiking
2 months ago

Mill Creek Trail
Beautiful trail in the spring! We only went in two miles then back but it was gorgeous and we crossed four creeks. If just heading in a short distance I would call it Easy not Moderate, but I'm guessing it gets steeper. We took a small group and everyone loved it. Trailhead starts out a little steep but thats only like an 1/8 of a mile, then it moves on to rolling hills. Enjoyed the open spaces but my favorite was the wooded areas near the creeks. Looking forward to coming back to do the whole thing!

Beautiful snowy day, and my dog loved it

hiking
2 months ago

late February, cool morning and the river was low, but still a great little 4 mile hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike, along the middle fork of the Tule River that takes you through majestic Sequoia Redwood groves and is beautifully, scenic from beginning to end. If you’re looking for a beautiful, mountain experience that’s not terribly crowded, this may be the one for you.

One of my favorite hikes: scenery, wild flowers (May), workout - highly recommend! 12 miles

My friend and I were out here the other day at about 7pm. I’m glad I had my headlamp because it was pitch black. There was no moon out but the stars looked amazing! When we arrived, there was one couple in one of the pools and some tweeker in the small rectangular pool. Since it was later in the day and completely dark, my friend and I got naked and we sat next to the tweeker (hahaha). Please note, my friend and I are larger (fluffy) guys so when we sat in the rectangular pool, the water overflowed to the other pools (too bad the tweeker didn’t float on over..). About an hour later, the couple there had departed and my friend and I made our way to that pool, leaving the tweeker alone in a half empty pool (hahaha). We stayed for about 2 hrs gazing at the stars and just floating naked in the hot pool. This was our first time coming here and it was a great experience for the both of us. We would definitely do it all over again. The map on this app was great to use especially since my phone reception had stopped working. The hike down to the pools was a breeze; however, for two fluffy guys heading back up the trail, it was an adventure.

off road driving
3 months ago

A very easy graded road drive that gives great access to numerous hikes and camping.
But it's not the drive but where it gets you. A really nice spot.

on Miracle Hot Spring

hiking
3 months ago

Don't be fooled by the track on this map. It is not accurate. The springs are right on the river. If you drive into the Hobo Campground, you can find the trail head to the springs at the far western end of the campground. A short walk will bring you to several shallow pools where in you will undoubtedly find humans of all sorts. Some of the pools are very hot!

As of 1/28/18, some snow on the ground but not enough to lose visibility of the trail. It is possible to drive up to the trail but no designated parking. We saw a total of 4 people during our 2-3hr time spent on the trail. We were not able to complete the trail for several reasons, mainly due to a very icy thin bridge. Looking to go back in warmer months

hiking
4 months ago

I went there with my baby, it was a nice day.
We had big fun hike both way down to the hot water and hiked up the hill.

on Balch Park Trail

4 months ago

What is marked as a trailhead appears to be on state prison grounds. Has anyone actually done this hike?

hiking
4 months ago

I went there this morning with my baby Jade, it was easy to park and walk straight less than a minute to a nice hot spring. Jade and I had a great time and met nice people at the Miracles hot spring. Don’t forget to bring waters and some snack if you prefer.

We arrived. Skinny-dippers all over left and right. After about 1hr of being there everyone left and we had all 3 ‘pools’ to ourselves. Once we had it to ourselves it was GREAT!

PROS:
Warm/hot water
Water is see-through to the bottom
Clean water cycles daily with the natural spring current
Good views on the way there
Good views once there
Great great great spot if you get it all to yourself
My belongings were respected
People were respectful
Easy/short hike down/up

CONS:
Visibly flowing dead skin
Skinny-dippers (may be present)
Groups of people hang out spot
People camping very nearby
Water smells like sulfur/egg (you get use to it quick)
Trash/man made stuff left behind
You may come across ‘sensitive’ people
For elders (The hike back up may be a little steep)

Too many people and too much trash. It's now more of a cesspool than a hot spring. Go if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with 7 other people. Including children who urinate in the water.

Just wanted to add that Kern River Conservancy and Keepers of the Kern are putting more effort in keeping that part of the river clean. It's disturbing to me that people go to a beautiful place like the Forks and have to leave their trash. we have gotten the river from Kernville to Johnsondale bridge free of trash.

fishing
4 months ago

I haven't been as far as painters camp. we made it about a half past the bridge. my favorite place. Going to go to painters camp the year. I love the Kern

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was a little difficult to find after the sign that says “Freeman Creek Trailhead”. We made a right turn into the lot right past the sign and then you’ll keep going straight onto the road with the marked sign (can’t remember the number) NOT the road to the right. It’ll just take you back to main road.

We hiked about 4.5 miles into the trail and didn’t find any end point so we turned around at this point. It’s a fun trail the first half and going back is a BIG workout. Expect to go up all those fun little descents. Took us about 4 1/2-5 hours total with little stops. Beautiful scenery but definitely a moderate hike. Including taking a little detour in the beginning we did about 10.5 miles. Not sure where this trail was supposed to end.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a little hard to find at first. If you are afraid of heights you may want to reconsider this hike. It’s a very narrow trail on a steep mountainside. You can see the road and the river most of the time.

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