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Sequoia National Forest, in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California has the highest concentration of giant sequoia tree groves in the world with 38 groves within the park boundaries. Other species of trees include Jeffrey Pine, Red Fir, Coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, and Lodgepole Pine. In addition to the big trees, the park also features 850 miles (1,370 km) of trails, camping facilities, and beautiful wilderness areas. Sequoia NF is the official home of the Boole Tree, 12000 foot peaks, granite monoliths, and many limestone caves. Check out the trails listed or go to the Visitor Center for more info. Sequoia National Park, Sequoia National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument are all next to one another in this area so it is a great place to make a trip out of.

hiking
9 hours 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
5 days 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.

hiking
6 days ago

We’re so disappointed not to see the teacups! We tried three different places to cross the river and couldn’t do it without a dry bag (water shoes and bathing suits would be good too). We saw rock climbers with ropes, helmets, and wetsuits up the canyon, but we didn’t figure out how to get there even after reading all the tips. It’s a nice hike along the river but pretty hot in August.

hiking
6 days ago

Great little hike for trail running and families. The views are worth the trek throughout. Bring plenty of water.

very beautiful place...they say kid friendly but its kind of scary because rocks are very slick...but do recommend going

Easy, paved trail with great views of impressive redwoods. Good walk for kids.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is in a well visited part of the Kern river, plan to get there before all the campers as parking is limited to about 20 cars. The trail is very mild as it follows the trail with at most a 3-4 hundred foot gains and loss.

In order to get to the tea cups one must ford the river. Following the route leads to a calm area to swim/float across. One can access the first tea cup easily.

If visiting the other tea cups I Highly recommend climbing shoes if not taking repelling gear. In order to see all seven cups one must be skilled at boldering, repelling and general mountaineering.

I forgot to turn record off while driving back the route was 6 miles round trip.

Enjoy!

walking
10 days ago

The trees are amazing, the trail is a very light paved walk in a loop. It was a nice casual stroll. Be prepared to pay the GOV $5 for parking. And no an America The Beautiful pass will not be accepted.

Pretty awesome hike. Take lots of water and light snacks. Make sure to stop in ponderosa for a beer when you leave! I always go past the gates and get on the top of the hill as well. There is a marker on the top of the hill w amazing views!

hiking
11 days ago

This hike isn’t hard but it is a little steep in spots. We saw a rattlesnake just 10ft or so from the trailhead so keep an eye out. Crosses the river a few times with very pretty scenery. Sequoias and ferns more dense as the trail goes on. There were a lot of mosquitos, we all had repellent but still left with a few bites.

12 days ago

Completed trail right at sunset. Unbelievable! Boole is worth the hike. Road to trailhead can be rough and a standard vehicle may bottom out in some of the dips. Hike is a contact incline until you see the tree then all down hill. Great hike! Will do it again.

backpacking
19 days ago

Incredible views and well earned solitude during the middle of the loop. We went counterclockwise heading over Farewell Gap a few hours in then passed up Bullfrog Lake to make a little more headway before camping near the Broder’s Cabin site (which we didn’t actually find even though we looked). Expect that once you’re over farewell pass and into the Golden Trout Wilderness you’ll gain a real appreciation for the maintained trails of Sequoia Nat’l Park! Day two we continued through the brush only losing the trail once, until we intersected Shotgun Creek where there’s a sign pointing to Silver Lake. Here the trail basically ceased to exist and it’s uphill land-nav at its finest until you reach Silver Lake. Once you’re at the lake the trail becomes visible again and it’s a tough slog up loose sand/pebble mountainside to get to Shotgun Pass. The trail gets tough to follow again but it’s easy hiking down to the marsh area after which there are cairns marking the way down to Rattlesnake Creek where you pick up a well groomed trail again. The hike up to Franklin Pass is rewarded with some of the best views of the trip. The switchbacks down to Franklin Lakes take forever but would be even more boring if you were slogging up! We camped at Franklin lake then it was all downhill easy going back to Mineral King on day three. Awesome trip. Right at 48 hrs at a moderate pace. Definitely wear pants for the portion through Golden Trout as you’ll beat bush quite a bit. I definitely will do this trip again one day.

Decent trail if you're looking to bring the pup and not deal with a lot of foot traffic (I didn't see another soul). Area still has significant burn remnants and doesn't have much shade for most of the trail. Heat was an issue in the (late July) afternoon, and I definitely recommend refilling your water at each creek you pass. If I do this hike again in the summer with my dog, I'll avoid the trail in the mid afternoon hours because the sand was pretty hot. He made a point of trotting to shade, then waiting on me to catch up.

We first walk this trail in April 2017 and the path was covered with downed trees and large branches and we had to crawl over or around the debris. We went again in May and June 2018 and it was a huge improvement, just a shame that there are people that have ruin the beauty of the trail with graffiti and carvings.

Nice hike! We did it about a month ago and despite the altitude it was still quite warm. It took us about three hours, could have been done faster but we stopped quite a lot to let my daughter's dog rest his paws, not for me to catch my breath

This was an awesome hike when it was snowing. There was a huge circle around the hot springs from the heat!!! Always be careful if you jump in the river though!!!

the trail was easy and we could actually touch the giant trees.

hiking
20 days ago

It’s a glute buster to start, but pretty amazing to change through so many biomes. A head lamp will help for cave exploration and definitely fill your camel pack full of ice because it gets warm!!!!

hiking
24 days ago

This trail was awesome! Easy hike, mostly uphill. There are a few views that poke through the trees that are really cool. I saw deer and surprisingly 4 cows at the summit. Definitely would do it again!

A little more strenuous than I planned on, but beautiful hike. Cool trees and some interesting burn damage.

Amazing trail. We camped across the street the night before. Started at 630 a.m. The hike up to the top of the main ridge was steep but was in shade the whole way up. The trees and creek were a nice change of scenery. There was a camping spot before the final push up to the cave. It was 100 degrees that day and the trek down was hell. Bring something to replace your electrolytes if you're hiking in the heat. We went through a ton of water. The Kern River offers a nice way to cool off when you're done.

Thus trail is a little strenuous but very impressive. Some steep open hot sections and some creek side shady sections. Scenery very impressive. Easy to get to. .

on Trail of 100 Giants

walking
1 month ago

Super easy little hike. All paved. Great for the little ones and lots of information. Can be really crowded at times. I’ve been here about 5-6 times. More crowded on the weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy fun trail, cool payoff with a view of sequoia lake

Amazing. Super accessible to all. It’s a paved walkway the whole length

This place was absolutely beautiful. My hometown is not far from here and there is a swimming hole there that the locals have been trashing lately. This place had minimal trash. Honestly about 3-4 pieces my trail mates and I picked up. The trail is nonexistent but once you get the the location that the cars are parked, the way to the creek is simple. Then follow it down to see the falls. It’s a scramble down the mountain/make your own path type of thing. Great on a hot summer day!

hiking
1 month ago

Quite a nice trail, I enjoyed it more than the Trail of 100 Giants as this trail provided more shade and changes in scenery as the trail winds over the creeks. We started our hike around 10am and I would recommend starting no later, as the overhead sun was quite harsh on the way back at 1pm. The morning shade was very pleasant, and made the gradual elevation gain easier. I thought at only 900feet gain over 2.6 miles this would be too easy if a hike, but it was perfect for a hot summer day! I highly recommend hiking this trail with a GRAYL water filtration bottle, as there are so many running streams to fill up at and stay hydrated!

This cave was awesome! one of the coolest things I have seen on a hike.

Great space to stop & stretch your legs.
This is more of a botanical garden type walk with a paved trail. There is a shortloop or you can add a 2nd loop for a little longer of a walk. Pro: It's a very friendly place. $5 to park across the street. well marked. Accessible for those using wheelchairs & mobility devices. Cons: It is popular & 1 of the more crowded places in the forest. The accessibility features don't extend to signage.

Absolutely Beautiful Hike!!! I would rate this moderate instead of easy. The "easy" rating is misleading. There was also no sight of a waterfall when we went and the trail does not cross over the river like stated. Nonetheless, it was well worth the hike! We hiked in about 4.2 miles and had a picnic lunch at what seemed to be the end of the trail. We then took some time to swim in the river (be careful). We only saw one other group hiking around the same time, and one couple that seemed to have camped out. I would definitely go back and maybe make a mini backpacking trip out of it.

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