Explore the most popular Camping 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.

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bugs
9 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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rocky
scramble
11 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.

Hiked it yesterday. Took me 6.5 hours out and back, including all the stops. The trail is mostly dirt and rocks, no scrambling, pretty convenient. No snowy parts. very short wet portions, you won't get wet or muddy if you don't want to, but depends on the weather of course. Came across very few other hikers (maybe 10) throughout the entire hike (Friday). The first 3 miles are a monotonous (and in my opinion - boring) climb. Not a lot to see. After that, spectacular views most of the way. Temps get colder as you ascend, but all in all the weather was great. The lakes are beautiful. I think they're worth the climb. However, at the highest parts (almost 10,000 feet above see level) I did start to feel a little altitude sickness (headache, fatigue), and even going back down got hard, so be prepared. There's no signal most of the way, so download your maps in advance. Be prepared for sudden freak storms. I hardly saw any wildlife - just squirrels and one mule deer - but a fellow hiker told me he'd seen a mother bear with her cub, so be cautious.

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rocky
scramble
17 days ago

This is an extremely hard hike. For the first 8 miles it is a nice hike. After that is where the fun begins. I set up camp at long lake then hiked the peak and back to my camp site. The trail is pretty defined until the cairns start. Once they start there are a lot of trails going every which way. Try to take the trail that leads you to the next cairn. The sign at the top is broken and pretty close to not be able to read it. Overall I enjoyed it and the sunset at the top was awesome but not fun hiking back in the dark.

I decided to make a loop trail out of the Pear Lake/Alta Peak hike. This was an awesome hike that I made a terrifying hike. Don’t go the route I did. Especially with a fully loaded backpack.

Definitely a hard hike with backpacking gear! We made a weekend trip out of this hike-- camp in Lodgepole Friday night, hike to Pear and camp Sat night, pack up and go home Sunday morning. We (I) slugged up the mountain with frequent breaks to enjoy the scenery and eat our snacks. It was a solid 40º-50º during the day, but with our constant movement we were all in single layers. We left the Alta trailhead around noon and arrived at Pear around 4:30 PM. This gave us enough time to cook before the sun went down at 6:30 PM. At night, the temperature went below freezing, so definitely come prepared! Bring lots of layers to wear when you sleep. Also heard bears during the night sniffing around us, but all of our food was safely stashed away in a bear locker. All in all, stunning prehistoric-like scenery on an intermediate backpacking trip.

Absolutely breathtaking. Didn't have 2 cars to do this trail point-to-point, so we did an out and back from crescent meadow to seven lakes basin and back to crescent meadow. Did it in 5 nights (but only got in 3 miles the first day due to a very late start so 4 nights would have been doable). The views are absolutely amazing, especially at Precipice lake. If I went again, I'd do the trail as a point to point and just hitchhike back to my car.

hiking
21 days ago

Extremely well maintained trail, and not as steep as I expected. A nice, fairly easy and quiet uphill hike through quiet forests and past bright meadows. No bugs. Weather calm and beautiful. Water level very low throughout but you’re still never far from a filterable source. I was the only camper at Twin Lakes which was pretty cool. Serene silence except for 3 nice howling sessions from coyotes(?) around sunset and sunrise. Beautiful! Wandered up Twin Peaks in the morning real quick (2 hours) for some great views before packing out. There is a bear box and pit toilet at Twin Lakes. Get your self-issued wilderness permit for overnight stays at the museum on the way to Lodgepole campgrounds which btw is operating at limited capacity starting Oct 16. Not many sites available, but also not very crowded.

hiking
22 days ago

The campground is closed for the season so you have to park in a small dirt parking lot across the road from the gate. It adds 1 mile each way to the hike. The trail is very secluded and goes through old growth pine trees, we only saw three other people on the trail the entire day. The sequoias don’t appear until the very end but still an overall beautiful trail. Especially to avoid the crowds. I’d recommend the Giant Forest Loop Trail personally though, slightly longer Hoke but more big trees and portions of it are just as quiet and secluded.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike, I hiked on Tuesday October 15th. I started at the trailhead at 5:30am, it was about 23 degrees out and there was decent illumination from the moon when the trees weren’t too thick. I took the Cottonwood Lakes Trail to New Army Pass up to the top and then followed Old Army Pass back down. Beautiful views along the entire route. Maintained over 2 mph with 10 minute breaks every 2 miles. I reached the top around 12:30 and started back down around 1:20. That time could probably be shaved down, but I was alone and didn’t want to overdo things. I saw no else on the trail whatsoever throughout day. After plenty of stops for water, snacks, and photos....I reached the end of the trail at 5:45pm with 23 miles on the day. I would say approximately 1 mile was going off trail for stops/photos. There were two small areas that had snow/ice blocking the trail coming down New Army Pass. It was no major issue as there are already paths worked around the snow. I took a 40oz hydro flask with me and filled up in the streams along the route as needed. A flowing stream just past High Lake was the last water spot on New Army Pass, I recommend topping off here. I had trail mix, gummy bears and a couple emergency health bars for food. I suggest following the red highlighted routed to summit verse the black trail lines on the map unless bouldering/rock climbing is your thing. Follow the cairns to the top and you’ll be in good shape. The notebook has been replaced......but writing on the sign is getting worn down, a sharpie could be a quick fix. I’m a fairly experienced hiker/outdoorsman but by no means a pro. Challenging hike, know your limits and have a plan.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

highly recommend this trail. first 4 miles steady incline then the area around the lakes the ups and downs are much smaller. view from the Watchtower is great and theres (compost) toilet up at the lakes. would call this moderate plus as opposed to hard

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bugs
no shade
1 month ago

I thought this trail was overrated. First half very exposed, not much scenery throughout. Lots of bugs. Topokah Falls was much more scenic

This was a great backpacking trip. Rated 3 stars because you cannot have a campfire and it was 9,400 elevation, hard to get up and get going in morning when it’s freezing. There was also a ton of deadfall. But overall a lot of beautiful views. Challenging the last couple miles but worth it.

pretty strenuous think about what you bring if backpacking it is not at buckeye campground it is a dirt road right before the entrance to campground follow for a few miles trail head is marked there lots of Creek crossings constant up and down cool views there is camping sites at 3 miles in and around 4.5 miles in that are not marked on the map

hiking
1 month ago

I never got to the trail. The so called "paved" road from Hammond is worst than a dirt road. I turned back after 7 km of the 35 km because it was getting worst. First time it happens to me and i have done lots of gravel and dirt road with my car. Better going there with a 4x4 and get a spare tire because there is lots of sharp rocks poping from the very old pavement, it's like driving on nails... The 2 stars are not for the trail itself but for the description that misleaded us and then we lost the morning, gas and had to change our plans.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Trail is fairly well maintained with good signage. It'd be hard to get lost. Lots of bear boxes around the different lakes which is very convenient. The elevation change is more brutal than the mileage. Lots of up and down. Also sun exposure is very intense. I came back with burns on my hands and nose. Best done in 4-5 days.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a must see in the park. Much more authentic than all the other trails in Sequoia national park because you are alone in the forest. The trail by itself is mostly easy and not really intermediate. A nice example of the ecosystem of the region. The end is most majestic part with the Grove. The density of massive trees is very high. It is blowminding. KEEP GOING AFTER THE TRAIL ENDS: this is the most interesting part, the grove is bigger than what it seemed. We did a picknick on rocks at a very nice spot at the north-north-east of the end of the trail. A tiny trail goes on the right and up the hill, follow that and you will have a view on the valley and a nice spot to sit on rocks. When we did it, the campground was closed so we had to park at the entrance of the road leading to the campground, on the other side of the road on a tiny dirt parking lot. It adds 4km return.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this as a dayhike. I followed Alltrails maps until the last section where the trail staff had put giant cairns. I took the Old Army Pass both ways which is much shorter and more beautiful than the alternative route. There was no snow on the trail.

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