Explore the most popular wildlife 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
8 days 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.

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.

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.

A wonderful hike with incredible views. We shared the trail with a mountain lion today, be careful. Also, be prepared for quite the uphill trek.

Awesome hike, ~1.75 hours there, 1 back

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.

This was our first hike, and ay yi yi. I wouldn't choose it for your first, but it is definitely doable. It's pretty much a straight climb for the first mile, at least. It was fun, once we got past the initial climb. You cross a creek probably three times, its pretty. I wouldn't suggest doing this once it gets warm, you're super exposed to the elements, with zero shade. I will say, if you dont read all the reviews before you hike, you will more than likely miss the cave (like the hikers that were about 30 min behind us). Signs are knocked down, pointing in the wrong direction, but the best advise, stay to the left, lol. There are piles of rocks on rocks, stay to the left, or go left if there is a fork. Once you reach "the cave" sign, look up to your left, and behind you some...you will see the cave; it's about .25 miles from that left turn around the large rock. Take a flashlight the cave is big, and dark. It's a fun hike, but strenuous if you're not in shape. It took us 2 and a half hours, there and back. Have fun, happy hiking.

Great hike, took my dog and the wildflowers were beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail by myself in April and it was a great time. It’s short but worth it. The hike is mostly uphill until you reach the summit, with beautiful views along the way. Once you reach the summit there’s a great spot for lunch and many have shared their memories and thoughts of this hike on a notebook that is in a tin container on top of the summit. All in all great hike can’t wait to do it again :)

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

Loved this trail! We ended up going further then the map showed, missing the first left turn that completed the loop. Actually glad we did that though, as there is a second turn that loops further around the mountain where you gain an extra 300-500 ft in elevation, and it spits you back out into the main road. From there you get a great view of Lake Isabella! Still about 6" of snow on the back side of the mountain in the end of March.

hiking
1 month ago

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

If you reach the Rincon trail head, turn back you’ve gone too far. There’s a sharp left that is marked by white rocks that is easy to go past. The pack saddle 2.25 mike trail head is in the wrong place, so don’t follow it. Other than, very cool hike. Bring good flashlights.

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

Views were nice and the trail was well groomed. Tired cave with good examples of formations on the inside. Allot bigger than I thought it would be. As far as a moderate rating, I must need to get in better shape, between moderate and difficult.

My brother and I hiked this trail to the cave yesterday leaving around 1pm and arriving back to our car around 3:30pm. There is quite a decent incline in the beginning and because of this as well as some of the trail having a few obstacles (mainly downed trees) I'd say this trail is more on the hard side if I were to compare it to other hard-rated trails on AllTrails. The cave was really cool but bring a high powered flashlight to enjoy it fully. All we had were the flashlights on our iPhones which were ok but not great.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

After hearing we got some snow, decided to give the trail a try in hopes of having some snow along the trail. Pleasantly surprised to see the entire landscape blanketed. 3-6 inches along the trial. A bit strenuous with the snow otherwise the trail would be fairly straightforward.

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

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail for beginners. Plenty of areas for photos. Amazing range of scenery from desert hills to dense forest. View from the top is incredible! Plenty of areas to stop and take it all in.

off road driving
3 months ago

Pretty easy and quiet trail (during the week at least). It's a nice spot to get lost in, not that that is easy to do.

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?

off road driving
4 months ago

First time taking my suv off the road! Great trail that was well maintained with a variety of views. Just getting to the trail itself was beautiful. Vast rocky hills at jawbone canyon with plenty of dirt bike and atv trails. The climb isn’t too steep in any areas. Plenty of places to stop along the way. The views are spectacular. Early January was perfect. Brisk air with a few piles of snow at the very top but no icy patches. Takes a while to complete this drive and the end point is a dead zone, so be sure to get directions home ahead of time!

hiking
4 months ago

It was raining the entire time, heavy fog, I went with my father and older brother very early in the morning and we had the trail all to ourselves. We were completely alone. We saw wild deer, bear tracks, birds. Sure we got all cold, wet, footwear muddy, etc. but that only added to the adventure. What a great GREAT time we had. Like everything else in life, it is what you make it.

I am looking to repeatedly return again.

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

First off, please keep in mind that there are TICKS IN THE TREES that will drop on you. I pulled one off my dog during the hike and just found one on my rib. Other than that, the trail itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the cave is a wonder to behold. The stalagmites are still forming and all the formations are truly incredible. My dogs had no problem on the trail, though they are in great shape. Once you reach the end of the trail, you'll notice the sign fell down and someone had dragged it further down the trail, but we put it back where it belongs. You'll want to go to the left to get up to the cave.

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