Explore the most popular lake 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.

scenic driving
8 hours ago

Beautifull Lake

Watch out for rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the trail. Some nicer views higher up but somewhat by muted the forest, as glorious as the ponederosa forest is up there.

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?

9 months ago

Pros: incredible wild flowers, amazing views, and a lot of solitude. Cons: Trail from farewell pass to silver lake is completely overgrown at times with thorny shrubs and fallen trees. The trail beyond that is super hard to find until Franklin pass (which is still snowy) . Be prepared to navigate with a compass and topo and not see a defined trail for miles.

It is amazing scenery

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ran around and spent time up there as a kid. Awesome area!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

it is a long drive up, but beautiful!

on Balch Park Trail

Thursday, October 06, 2016

great for a day trip with your family

nature trips
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

We pick wild blackberries along Bear Creek Road leading to Balch Park nearly every summer. We haven't been for about 6 years, so we thought we would drive through on our way to Ponderosa to see if there were any berries. I wasn't very optimistic about finding any, given the recent prolonged drought conditions and the late date, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the blackberries bushes were plenty. Unfortunately most berries were dried up or overripe, but persistence paid off with just enough berries in our buckets to make one batch of wild blackberry jam!

I recommend driving up no later than middle of August to harvest a good amount of blackberries at their peak of ripeness! Make sure to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, close toe shoes and maybe even some latex/rubber gloves as protection against the vicious thorns in the bramble. You don't want thick or leather gloves because the berries are delicate and you will just squish them if you try to pick them wearing leather gloves.

I have a friend that to,d me once about her Balch Park Family camping tradition. They would drive up early enough to stop and pick a bag of blackberries on their way up. She would used them to make wild blackberry syrup and serve over their pancakes for breakfast on the first morning. YUM! What a tradition and what great memories! Something about the labor and pain needs to gather those blackberries just make the reward so much sweeter!

Fishing at Balch Park and picking wild blackberries has definitely been a family favorite!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Went this past weekend on opening day spent two nights it was freezing cold at night but worth the sights. My new favorite camping spot...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Nice mountain reservoir, but it's obvious the drought has impacted the area. The lake is low, but it still offers fishing and nice vistas. To me, the real recreating is in the surrounding area.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Didn't go all the way to Grizzley Lakes. I turned back at the junction near Frypan Meadow. The smoke from the Rough Fire was pretty bad in the morning, but cleared up as I gained elevation. Will definitely hike this one again & camp at Grizzley lakes & then head up to Mt Harrington & over the Monarch Divide. Nice views & very peaceful......I didn't see another person the entire day.

Friday, September 04, 2015

My family has been camping here since my dad was a kid. This place is wonderful and kid friendly. We usually spend our days bouldering the tule river, fishing in the pond/lake, walking the nature trail or just hanging out around the campsite. You can also drive a couple of minutes and see the Genesis tree which is the seventh tallest tree in the world. Highly recommend this campsite.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fished this lake many times as a kid with my Grandfather, good times!

3 months ago

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, August 10, 2014