Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Beautiful hike lots of scenery, very short hike down there were a lot of people in the hot springs so was unable to get in or take pic of it. Was really hoping it wouldn’t be busy today. I didn’t want strange people in my photos. Overall good hike.

6 days ago

Gorgeous trail! This was a great escape from the heat in early May.

This trail is beautiful but is not difficult. There are a few granite sections to maneuver over but I’d take my kids 8+ on this trail.

hiking
7 days ago

This is more of a nature walk, so if you're looking for a workout, it's probably not what you want. I personally wanted to see Sequoias and also have my dog able to come with me. Since pups arent allowed in the park, this hit the spot! The trail is very busy but most people are friendly and respectful. You get a chance to crawl around huge trees and stand in awe of these majestic giants.
Highly recommend for small kids and dogs, and anyone else wanting to see Sequoia trees in a peaceful, shaded setting.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views. Short and challenging hike, We stopped several times to enjoy the view. Came early and greeted with several groups coming up on our way down. The 3 miles drive FS21S05 was unpaved road to the parking lot.

Awesome time kids loved it

We love this area. My hubby and I hiked all the way to the falls. We saw a snake on our way there, right before we cross that little creek. This area offers a free overnight camping.

hiking
26 days ago

9-16-18. Short but great hike. if you are in the area, this is a most do. There Is a $5 fee, but it never hurts to support our parks.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at the top and went down 3.5 miles (2100ft). The trail is narrow, a tree has recently fallen across the trail, but easy to get around.
Heading back up is rough. Trekking poles were cumbersome on the narrow track.

Hard trail straight up the first mile or so... when you get by the creek it is gorgeous. You kinda loose the trail a little with down trees and depending on how much water is in the creek. The cave is small but awesome. We were the only group on the trail. Their is a lot of poison ivy along the trail. And the trail is narrow.

Great quiet trail. Every bend in the river of a fly fisherman's dream. The initial descent and final ascent are not for the faint of heart.

easy

simple to get thru without poles. its run friendly for those that like elevation training

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike with the Kern Valley Hiking Club, and had a great time. The ferns were out, and the Sequoias were fantastic. We visited the Jordan Peak Lookout afterwards.

Wouldn’t recommend hiking this trail. Wait till vegetation has grown back. The road up to this trail is pretty bad, full of pot holes and loggers. The trail isn’t high enough to be cool. Also due to a fire most of the trail is very fine and loose dirt. This causes a multitude of problems. 1) as you walk you kick up dust and dirt which not only gets you very dirty but can get in your eyes and make it hard breath. This coupled with the heat is very unpleasant. 2) since there is no vegetation it is nearly impossible to keep on the trail. The trail isn’t used enough to where the trail is outlined enough. When I went up I lost the trail and ended up climbing the largest hill near me. The views there were alright but not worth the trouble.

My star rating is based on the expectation for a nice hiking trail. This is a wide fire road that is used by off highway vehicles. So everything is a bit dusty, and we didn't see any other hikers but several 4w drive vehicles and quads passing us, and some that were not considerate enough to slow down. A good portion is through area that was hit by fire so there is not much shade as the taller trees are ghostly charred sticks but nice green growth around them. But it was a bit too warm for us, Labor Day '18. If you're into ATVing seems like a fun trail, hiking, not so much.

walking
1 month ago

I don't know what happened but when I tried to get into this place, the road was blocked. I probably made a wrong turn or came in a different way Got into the lake from a place farther up. There were tons of people there labor day weekend as expected. The lake really smelled and there was broken glass everywhere. I didn't stay for long and didn't let my dog into the water. It was really hot. Tons of people jetskiing and out on boats fishing.

walking
1 month ago

Short climb up the rock after driving into the dirt road. Very peaceful even tho there was tons of ppl. Beautiful views.

walking
1 month ago

Paid $5 for parking

Clearly marked trail on the other side of the road. Beautiful sequoias scattered throughout the trail. Can walk on a fallen one. A lot of the trees have burn marks on them. Nice walk through the woods. Very crowded when I went. Lots of tourist groups. Dog friendly. On leash. Very clean.

I just made it and is cool.

15 yrs ago, at the age of 53, hiked to this cave with my son. We came in off a trail from Sherman Pass Rd where we parked on a dirt road near Brush Crk. The July hike was moderately easy with 3 passes to go over, and we had our camel packs to keep us hydrated. Seems to me that the trail shown on your map is more strenuous than the trail we took. Saw tracks from mountain lions and wild turkeys. Of course the cave was awesome and well worth the journey.

walking
1 month ago

I have been coming here since I was a child. This is a great easy hike/walk. Perfect for younger family and friends... even the dogs! Pretty scenery and is a nice way to beat the heat of the valley in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

A quiet hike to a classic climbing spot. Bring your own water.

trail running
1 month ago

This was a simple and gratifying trail with lots to see. To park, we had to pay a 5 dollar fee (not a big deal) for an ALL DAY pass. We arrived around 8am and hit the trail early. By the time we returned for lunch it was crowded with no available parking,so be an early bird. We brought the kids along so it wasn't a difficult hike. Definitely will return!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, good for weekend warriors to cut their teeth on a trail with varying levels of inclination. Bring lots of water and get ready for 3 hours of amazing hours. Lots of shady spots to take a break - take your time and buckle up for the last quarter mile to lookout gate. Stunning!

hiking
2 months ago

we initially were going to hike to bullfrog lake, but we were pretty thrashed from the elevation climb and carrying 25+ pounds in our backpacks. we hiked past the farewell gap point and hiked down into the valley that is right below bullfrog lake. we decided to make camp in the beautiful valley and we do not regret not going to the lake. the switch backs on this trail can be pretty hard but other than that the hike was beautiful and we enjoyed every moment going into the back country. I highly recommend backpacking this trail or if you just want to do a day hike to the stopping point.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and well shaded. I started at the bottom at Freeman grove off of Lloyd Meadow Rd and hiked up then came back down. There is a great rock about 1.25 miles from the top near one of the bridges that overlooks the creek that is a perfect place to stop for lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

This has been our go-to trail for years (from Bakersfield). There are 4 creek crossings within the first 2 miles, and fairly child friendly up to the 2 mile point. After that it gets much harder, but the 3-4 mile mark is when the best views start popping up. This trail has gained a lot of popularity over the years so we try to avoid it on weekends but the groups of people generally disappear after the 2 mile point. In deep summer the creeks are dry and it is HOT so please bring plenty of water. And if you bring dogs (we usually have 3) I recommend just having the pack in their own water to be sure they have plenty themselves without making your pack that much heavier.

hiking
2 months ago

We drove in and parked at the base of the rock. Easy, quick scurry up to the top. Beautiful views, I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Sequoia National Forest.

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