Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Sequoia National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this as a day hike. Once you pass Bear paw meadow the views really open up. Staring up at the face of Valhalla was something special. Little water remains in the creeks.

This is a long hike but well worth the effort. I arrived at the trailhead at 8:30am and with stops at each of the lakes for photography was back at my car aroumd 4:30pm. The trail is well marked and there are even two pit toilets along the way. There's not many flat stretches, so be prepared for a lot of up and down. At Heather Lake you have the option of taking back the Hump Trail instead of Watchtower Trail, which was nice to add some variety to the hike. The views were incredible and I only ram into two other hikers. Snow was expected the next day, so not sure how much longer parts of the trail will rain open this late into the season.

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2 days ago

Quick, great trail. Did it Saturday, 11/16/19. Not too crowded. Drove right up to the trailhead. Viewed the hazy mountains and sunset in the horizon.

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bugs
4 days ago

Stayed at the Whiskey Log camp Super beautiful trial in sequoia at low elevation with views of South Fork river all along the way Some massive sequoias about 3/4 way in! Very rocky and unpaved road 3 miles to trailhead Lots of bugs and beginning of trail but once we got to camp there were none! Saw a bear walking toward us about halfway through camp Very easily scared it off by yelling “HEY BEAR” be bear aware and PACK OUT ALL YOUR TRASH!

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4 days ago

Highly recommended, also recommend venturing down some of the side trails to see the various named tree groups, absolutely beautiful. If you go to the founders group, watch out for falling acorns and seeds from all the chipmunks!

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bugs
4 days ago

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rocky
4 days ago

Did this trial 11/16/19. Went all the way to Pear Lake. It was pretty warm walking up and I was in a t shirt, but on the way back, around 2:45, i had to put two more layers on. So I suggest to dress warm or have an extra jacket. Took about 4 hours to get up, with a short break at Heather Lake. And about 2.5 to 3 hours to get back. Very beautiful lakes and was so worth it, but my legs are BURNING! it was a steep climb up to Pear Lake.

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scramble
5 days ago

We drove up on Saturday and slept in our car before an early 4:30 start on Sunday morning. The trail was easy to follow as it meandered its way up to the lakes. At 6, we got our first look Mt Langley, right as the sun rose. We made our way up Old Army pass before heading over to the last climb. Once we reached the base of the final boulder field, the wind died down, and the temperature up to a pleasant 65 degrees. It took a little longer to make it up the last section than we expected, but the views were worth it. After a few photos on the summit, we started back down. It was nice being able to stop at the streams to get more water on the way down. We go back to the cars well before we thought we would and were rewarded with a beautiful sunset drive down the mountain. Overall, this day hike worked out better than I expected, and I'm excited to head back.

such a tough hike BUT SO AWESOME!!!

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rocky
scramble
6 days ago

If you are looking to link the lakes trail with the Alta Peak trail, this is the most direct and easiest way to do it. Enjoy!

Just did hiking today. Beautiful place it’s cooler and shaded Rocky Mountain at the end, creek is low in water but it’s not big deal... overall total ... love the place

Awesome hike today! Watchtower trail is open. Just went to Heather Lake. Beautiful day. A little chilly but was okay in single layer clothes. Took 2 young boys (12 & 10) they did great! No wildlife except for squirrels.

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rocky
9 days ago

Phenomenal views!! Quick and easy stair climb. If you’re tall watch your head on the overhanging rock faces.

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rocky
11 days ago

11-09-2019 My friend and I started the cotton wood lakes trail at 7:23 AM,hiked 6 miles to the new army pass. Then we gradually made our way up to the army pass,new army pass is in excellent conditions and snow free,it looks intimidating at first,cause it just looks like a giant bolder field,but don’t get discouraged the trail is super safe,not technical and with stunning views. We set up camp on top off old army pass,just 1.6 mile from the summit that night. We had ideal weather conditions,no winds and not a cloud in the Sky. The sunset was probably the best I ever seen,and the sunrise was no different. 11-10-2019 We got up at 5:00 and made the push for the summit,ran out of water before I reached the summit. Still pushed on,reached the summit at 7:23 AM. The last mile with the sand and the boulders will make you want to give up,DONT. Fallow the cairns,remember this as you go up,the cairns are your friends. They will take you all the way up,fallow nothing else,unless you like the extra suffering. Came down through old army pass,I don’t understand why everyone makes such a big fuss about this section,it was way faster and easier then new army,there was zero snow on the old pass. There were two parts that were a little technical but it was so simple that even this cave man could do it lol <true story <<. Overall I loved every minute of it,and I will return once more.

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12 days ago

Love this hike! Perfect weather! Water is still available at several crossings.

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13 days ago

Awesome. Short. Fun.

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14 days ago

Short and easy walk.

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14 days ago

Nice to see the trees away from the crowds.

It was interesting but it wasn’t really a trail and it was too busy.

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16 days ago

Quick 15 minutes hike with mainly steps. Views are incredible at the top. We timed it so we arrived for sunset. Highly recommended!!!

Wow, spectacular hike! The sun can get strong against the white granite walls, but the reward of some shade under the canopy of the trees is beautiful. From Crescent Meadow, there is a campground around 8-9 mile marker, and from there about an 8 mile round-trip up to the creek waterfall/overlook, where you can decide to summit up to Hamilton Lakes or not. Breathtaking and really a taste of what the Sequioa's have to offer, would love to return again!

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17 days ago

Loved it!! So pretty!! Quick hike!

This is a beautiful hike especially in the early summer when the creek beds are flowing. The just going to see the Watchtower area is well worth the trip as is Heather Lake which is breathtaking. It is a little treacherous at the Watchtower area but all in all a fabulous hike. I wouldn't say this is moderate but more like challenging, somewhere between moderate and difficult due to the elevation you already start at.

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bugs
17 days ago

Great hike. Would’ve loved to spend more time at the falls but the bugs were awful - surrounded by a swarm that would fly straight into your mouth if you stopped moving.

Awesome hike yesterday! Clear weather, trails are clearly marked and in good condition. We took the Watchtower trail portion to Heather Lake, stopping to scramble up the back of the Watchtower for photos. We will definitely be back to go all the way to Pear Lake. What a great day hike! Started at 7:45am and it took us 5.5hrs with solid 30 minute stops at both Watchtower and the Lake (3 people age 35-45 in reasonably good shape)

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scramble
18 days ago

I summited in 9/14/19. Hiked up New Army Pass and down Old Army Pass. This mountain is a beast! The first quarter of the trail up to Cottonwood lakes is pleasant and moderate, but the second quarter getting up the pass after the lakes is very steep. There is a long flattish section 3/4 the way up, but then the last 1/4 is very steep and punishing. The trail near the top is very rocky and guided by large caryns, with many ways to get from point to point. Old Army Pass has a couple treacherous points and you should only take that route when there is minimal snow. I have to say this mountain is almost more challenging than Whitney, but then again it’s been 10 years since I’ve done Whitney so it could just feel more challenging to me! All in all it was very rewarding and a really great experience.

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