Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Challenging trip for a 58-year-old lot of a pill at first then you end up at a pretty dry riverbed I imagine it would look even awesome in the Spring with some water overall I love the trip. I didn't go all the way I got too tired leave that for someone younger.

My husband and I took our 4, 5 and 7 year old on this trail over the weekend. I would rate it as moderate for children. We held our 4 & 5 year olds hand the first 2 miles (we only went half a mile past the hard part. It took 3 hours to complete 5 miles with 3 young kids) several times we had to have our 7 year old pause so we could also help her across some really narrow slippery spots. It’s a beautiful trail that my kids loved but it gave mom a bit of anxiety. If you plan on taking younger kids I would suggest 1 adult to 1 kid and hiking boots for the kids. Some spots one trip or loss of balance can result in a pretty bad accident. We plan on going back without the kids for a less stressful trip and so we can complete the trail.

Great stroll.

hiking
8 days ago

trail running
8 days ago

Quick jaunt, beautiful 2hr run. Stunning vistas

mountain biking
9 days ago

best trail in southern california hands down !

on Pyramid Hot Spring

hiking
9 days ago

Firstly, it took me a few trips to the Sequoias to locate this spring but it is in fact there and the directions on here are accurate. If you’re coming from Bakersfield the pullout is to the left and so is the river. You might not be able to see the Pyramid rock which is actually on the pullout, unless you’re heading back the 178 (just the angle of the rock). There is about a less than mile hike down from the pullout. There is a trail sign that says “day use.” Look for the cube rock which is really literally a cube boulder. Once you spot it you will have to cross the river. The current was flowing but not difficult for the average fit swimmer, with the deepest parts being about 8 feet.

As for the spring, its more earthly as its only contained by boulders. The bottom of the tub is really soft mud, reminds me of something people would use as face masks. The water from the spring it self is on the warmer side, like a hot bath. Would be nice at night if you dont mind the swim. Its quite secluded from the road above since it has a giant boulder covering you from the main road. There is also a lot of greenery that cradles the springs. Its almost like a little spa hideaway.

Went during the sunset which literally made every view so serene, right out of an autumn painting. Highly recommend to the hot spring chasers.

Beautiful trail. Moderate workout. Try hiking this one in March when it’s green and beautiful everywhere. Waterfalls in the canyon are a plus! Hit up KRV Brewing Co. for a treat after. No water available. Watch out for occasional dirt bikers.

Like everyone has said, gorgeous country. Campground was fine.

First off, the out and back mileage is incorrect on this. From the trail
Head to Lightner Peak is 7.2 miles. It’s listed on the trail head sign. Out and back, this hike is 14.4 miles. Be prepared.

I loved this hike. If you live in Cali, and like me, every time you see those rolling golden hills sprayed with oak forests and grazing cattle, you have the urge to wonder on up, and also need a challenging hike that will
Kick your butt... then this is it!

I just did Whitney a few weeks ago, and had been training for it since last Feb. with a series of steep high elevation hikes, and trail running. I’m in relatively ok shape. I’m saying this because... Damn! If I didn’t feel the intensity of this hike.
If you are not an experienced hiker, DO NOT do this trail and definitely don’t attempt without proper hiking boots and polls. The first couple miles are deceptively moderate. Don’t be fooled.

To put into perspective, Whitney has an elevation gain of 6,000 ft in 11 miles. This trail has an elevation gain of almost 4.000 ft in in under 6 miles. And... once you go up, you must come down! It’s not gravely and loaded with steep boulders like Gorgornio or Mt. Marion, but it is a steep narrow dirt trail. The dirt can be very slippery on the way down. And... light traffic can mean you’re alone on the trail. I never saw anyone. If you are not experienced, there are many places in which you can easily roll your ankle.

That said. This hike is truly beautiful. I even got to see fall color at the peak. As low lander in So Cal... that’s as good as it gets. :-)

P.s. I would not suggest this hike on a hot summer day.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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
1 month 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.

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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

walking
2 months 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.

trail running
2 months 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

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.

There is a $35 entrance fee into the Sequoia National Park to get to this trail, but there are loads of hikes to go on while you are here. The hike itself is actually part of the National Forest, not the National Park and is accessed from the Princess Campground. It is a quick 1 mile or so if you make the loop of the paved and unpacked area. The meadows and stands of trees are BEAUTIFUL, especially with the wildflowers. Since the area used to be a logging camp there are several Giant Sequoia stumps that make great photo ops. All in all, I was a little disappointed that the trail wasn’t 3 miles as it said, but it was a very pretty, easygoing hike.

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.

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