Explore the most popular forest 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.

Stunning views. This is an enjoyable challenge in terms of difficulty. Watch out for wildlife on the trail.

Beautiful! Great trail for the kids!

Love this trail. Mountain perfection! Creek crossing is safe right now. There is small patches of snow at the lake but you won't see any on the trail. If you got sweet blood like I do, bug spray is a must! Mosquitos are out and hungry!! Great elevation gain hike & views to kill for!

Everything Stacy said- she was right on and I couldn’t say it any better. Quick and easy hike with maximum payoff. Absolutely worth the effort as the views are simply stunning!

backpacking
2 days ago

The hike took us about 6 hours from the trail head to Jennie lake. The hike was very strenuous there are some shade parts and some sunny part. We did the loop from Jennie lakes but we couldn’t find the trail that loop around to weaver lake so we had to boulder hop down the mountain luckily I was looking on the map on my GPS to find my way to Weaver Lake

Easy trail for kids. We went in the late afternoon; not many other people on the trail and the trees were stunning in the afternoon light.

hiking
3 days ago

One of the highest quality hikes in the sierras
The trail is rock and rut free
Start early to avoid mid- day heat
As of June 18 the snow is no longer

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail. Steep. Gets hot. Bring water

Amazing trail. Only bad thing is, lots of anoying mosquitos.

walking
5 days ago

packed. lite hike but steep. could not locate a picnic table. tourist spot

walking
5 days ago

tourist spot. cute area tho.

Was at the general for 9am amd there were o ly a few people around. By 10am the crowds had started to appear. Go early if you want peace amd time to wander at your own pace!

Really nice trail. Did meet a few people who attempted in flip-flops and sandles with no water - I would not advise!
The waterfalls at the end were every bit worth the walk up, and I also got to see a baby bear on the trail! Would recommend :)

A really nice easy trail :)

hiking
5 days ago

Easy, quick trail to an old treasure that I wish they hadn’t cut down. “The California Hoax” deserved better.

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

Easy cave access with some really great views on the inside. No actual caving involved for the family tour, so it is accessible to all once down there. However the hike down and up are an over 300 ft change in elevation in just half a mile.

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

Great views and very relaxing lakes. We were told by the ranger that the Watchtower trail is closed so we hiked the Hump trail. If you don't have permit beforehand try to get to Lodgepole visitor center early morning to secure a spot at Pear Lake. We stayed the night at Emerald Lake and it had two bear box in case you don't want to carry a bear canister. Take mosquito repellent for sure!!

Great trip this weekend. Absolutely no one up at pear lake overnight. Except I would recommend mosquito repellent. They were quite aggressive

This loop was more difficult than I anticipated and more beautiful than I could have imagined. The pictures don't do it justice. The altitude and the grade of the slopes make it difficult and the distances were longer than what is stated on the trail guides. I tracked my progress with my Garmin GPS watch and racked up considerably more distance than indicated on the maps. Maybe the maps don't account for the switchbacks or when the trail goes up and down in elevation? The snow also added to the difficulty and made it a bit more dangerous. I think I could do the loop more easily now that I know what lays ahead of me and I also think it would be easier when the snow melts off the slopes. I highly recommend this trail. Its one of those adventures that will make you ask "What was I thinking" during the hike and a week after you get home and recover you'll be trying to figure out how you can return and do it again.

This is a great trail. You can only go in the cave if you buy a ticket. Then you get a guided tour wich is really interesting. The path leading to the cave is really pretty as well with a waterfall and some great views.

Nice views hiking up. Getting to the water is the best part and following the unmaintained trail for a bit leads to some neat spots. Went in early June and parts of the trail were littered with ladybugs just done hibernating.

Hiked to Pear a few days ago via the Watchtower route (it’s open!). Fantastic hike, although the mosquitos nearly ate me alive at the lakes, especially Pear.

Nice hike not to strenuous. Nice looking lake water still very cold every time I’m at a alpine lake I have to take a dip in. Plenty of brown Trout caught a few in just a hour very good day.

hiking
9 days ago

Previous descriptions are quite accurate, trail is gorgeous with lovely wooded areas, pretty flowers, butterflies, rocky areas and marmots! The peak is amazing and provides a true 360 view, not to be missed! Tracked on all trails and it was longer than stated. There's a rocky area about a quarter mile before the peak. The peak is higher up with 360 views so don't be fooled by the first granitey area. We also heard a low grade vibration in the trees that was a bit spooky and we talked to other hikers who heard it too. Asked a park ranger later who told us it was a growse. Look them up they are cool!

Amazing hike, one of my absolute favorites. Me and my husband hiked this trail two weeks ago. The weather was perfect, not too hot and only a little bit of snow at the top. Plenty of water on the way. It is a tough day hike though and the altitude takes it’s toll on you. A number of people we passed couldn’t make it to the top. Still, the views of snowy Sierra peaks are totally worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

You can either book prior online or get your tickets at the two visitor centers. The first visitor center when entering the park only takes cash, but the Lodgepole takes CC which is farther in the park.

Pretty fun experience and the hike was super easy. You get to see a beautiful waterfall on the way and back from cave and the tour guide was definitely great at presenting the history of the cave. It's pretty cold in there so make sure to have a jacket :)

Did this as a day trip. Beautiful, but you pay the price. The first 1.5 - 2 miles is down hill mostly. Then, it's up hill! There are some pretty strenuous sections unless you are pretty fit. End result is very nice. One problem .... because the up hill section caused you to work out, forgetting about the first 1.5-2 miles is easy. It wasn't until returning to that section that I remembered about it. I hated that last stretch. I was already breast, but had no choice. I slept well that day!

There are 3 creek crossings. The first one would be pretty difficult in times of high water ... i.e. snow melt in the spring or shortly after a down pour. keep weather in mind. One good thing ... water was plentiful, so didn't need to pack a lot.

Franklin lakes is one of my favorite hikes, beautiful views, random deer along the way. In any given summer I’ll day hike it a few times...

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