Explore the most popular walking 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
21 hours ago

My first hike after knee replacement surgery. This trail is paved and wheelchair friendly. The giant sequoia's are majestic and it is permitted to walk up and touch them. Unfortunately the Pine Bark Beetles killed the pines in the area and most of them had to be cut down as a precaution against a canopy fire. Federal National Monument regulations prevent the removal of the felled trees so the logs litter the area. Although this is unsightly the walk is still magnificent. There is a campground across the road and a parking lot for hikers. The lot is run by a state agency and well worth the $5 fee for its public toilets and nice picnic tables. This is an easy hike for children and seniors.

This trail is great for beginners to test their skills and see if hiking is meant for them. The trail is easy to complete but has everything you would see on moderate trails in a short package.

on Mill Creek Trail

1 day ago

I'm a beginning hiker but my son told me the first couple miles of this trail would be easy. I'm so glad I went for it! I walked in a little less than 2 miles and loved every step of it before it got steeper and I decided to turn back. There were a couple of low stream crossings, beautiful views, and we got to see it coyote run across the trail close in front of us with a squirrel in his mouth. I can't wait to go back and challenge myself to go further uphill.

hiking
1 day ago

Had so much fun on this trail with my dog! Lots of creeks and gorgeous ferns and sequoias! My dog had fun splashing through the water while I tried to balance on the bridges. Very simple hike! Some spots where there isn’t shade it gets very hot! The trail head was a little confusing for us to find at first, but once we did the trail was easy to follow!

Easy, pretty and dog friendly, but it is sad/annoying to see all the people defacing the trees and roaming off trail. Still, the Giants are always breathtaking to see. :)

hiking
3 days ago

To find the trailhead, drive down the Needles Road for 3 miles until the road deadends at a campsite, parking lot and outhouse. We thought we were maybe going the wrong way, but yep, just keep driving til you can't drive no more. We made it in a Kia Sorento, but there were sudans there that seemed to have bad the trip just fine.

It took my 59 year old dad and my small terrier -mix 3 hours to finish the hike, and I think the terrier had the worst of it. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but I might not recommend bringing them, as my dog is still licking his paws four hours later.

The uphill parts were brutal in some places, but the absolutely worst part was the staircase at the end. I'm actually unsure if you're even supposed to go on the staircase - as many people have mentioned, the tower is closed (burnt down) and when you make it to the top of the staircase, the last few steps are missing! I carried my dog up the staircase, got nervous about the height and turned back. but the second set of stairs took my breath away (maybe it was the combo of the altitude, adding another 12 lbs to my weight by carrying the dog, and the stairs that did it). The view was beautiful (although terrifying)!

Saw a rattlesnake on the way back, so pay attention to your surroundings.

hiking
5 days ago

Like some said, not a lot of shade. We only crossed one creek (still no bridge but we climbed a log), but there were some washes that may have water after the snow melts. (went in early June).

Found what looked like trail that followed along the river, but it quickly became overgrown and impassable. Would have been a nicer trail if we were closer to the water.

The trail continues on and there's no clear marker for the end of the Bull Run trail portion.

Otherwise extremely pretty trail, definitely want to hike when its cooler.

The view at the top was amazing! Well worth the hike

It’s really relaxing and calm hike. I and a friend almost made it to the top. I highly recommend it.

Bring lots of water. Flashlight is a must. Walking back is way better than walking there!!

hiking
12 days ago

Haven't been there BUT:
Between the fact that it's right on a very cold river, to the lack of photo of the actual hot springs to a few people who say they couldn't find it - I don't think there's an actual hot anything to be found here...

hiking
14 days ago

I loved this trail. Lots of sequoias hidden throughout the trail which was beautiful. Hiking out was a challenge but definitely worth it. I did 10 miles in about 5 hours.

walking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail where you can take pictures during your walk.

nice trail, the walk back is killer so be prepared. Bring water....lots esp. in summer

hiking
17 days ago

Wowzers! This was extremely difficult for me... the elevation changes really made it even harder, but the constant inclines & declines were killer. Yes, the 1st part is the steepest but it never gets easier... just down to go back up to go back down several times. Absolutely no shade for over half the trail. The creeks were a nice reprieve - we took hand towels & soaked them in the water (likely the only thing that kept us out of medical danger). We had lots of water, but still not enough - we ran out half way back on the return... Don't forget that steep 1st incline is also an incredibly steep decline at the end... this was causing alot of pain on our toes & feet. The cave is definitely neat, but it's a long trek out. There is a geocache there too... If you think you have enough water, get more... double it!

Loved this trail. It was an easy trail and absolutely beautiful. Lots of giant sequoias to see.

hiking
19 days ago

We went on this trail during Memorial Day Weekend, and the plants were a bit of a bummer ( foxtails, yellow starthistle-like plants that kept getting caught in our hiking boots/pricking us through our pants). I’m not sure if the trail is more maintained during the rest of the year, but also the creek was dried out and we didn’t see any water. There were a few parts where the view was beautiful, but it’s a lot of effort to get there through the rough and dusty road.

on Freeman Creek Trail

21 days ago

nice, quiet, breezy, running water sounds , a very nice hike, plenty of shade.

Beautiful

scenic driving
25 days ago

Beautifull Lake

Access roads to trail are open, beautiful walking path through the trees

hiking
26 days ago

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

nature trips
1 month ago

Nice calm and relaxing walk

mountain biking
1 month ago

1st bit probably the most challenging. The cave experience was quite rewarding. I would say the trail is a must if you are in the area. Bring a flashlight and water.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome easy hike.

Did this hike back in February. It started to snow a bit once we got to the cave but no snow at all on the path.
As mentioned before, the initial climb is steep on goes on for a while. However, I would still rate this hike as moderate, since I feel like I did harder ones that were rated as moderate in this area. It takes a while to get to the actual caves, the hike itself felt like more than 5 miles to me. The caves are quite big and I'd recommend this trail especially for the winter/early spring and late fall time when everything else around this area is snowed in and you're still looking for a somewhat challenging hike.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Wonderful hike, went there with my friend today.

The initial climb is challenging, but it plateaus out a bit, crosses a creek three times, and the cave is on the left.

Very cool to see the Native American cave paintings.

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