Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Easy hike with lots of huge sequoia’s. Lots of people but nature takes over and you can quickly forget who is around you

The biggest recommendation is go early! I got to the tree by about 8:30am and there were just a few others there. I also suggest continuing on to the Congress Trail to see more giant sequoias without the crowds.

hiking
1 day ago

Such a beautiful trail that meanders through the forest. You get great views of some big trees and unique groups of several trees together (The Senate and The House). I recommend going very early (before 9am) and you pretty much have the place to yourself. It’s incredibly quiet and peaceful. My only criticism is that the majority of the identifying signs for the trees were down for repair with a sign that they would be back up in spring 2017. (I hiked it 5/18/18, still no signs).

Beautiful trail, never really knew it was there but glad I found it. Really easy and has amazing views.

there's a larger series of trails in here besides this paved section- we got out early and hiked all around, beautiful to do in the morning when there's no one else there! Lots of beautiful trees besides General Grant, get out on the non-paved trails to see them!

A great little hike. Best done early in the season so you get to enjoy the falls when they are flowing. I have hiked this quite a few times. Anticipate bear sightings - I've seen a bear over half the times I've been on this hike. Great hike for kids or people who are out of shape and want the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery.

Okay trail. Paved and very accessible for those that may struggle with walking. Very, very busy though.

Great, easy trail! We went in May, when the wild flowers were in bloom. Stunning!!!

Best place in the park to see many giant Sequoias together. In the meadow we saw 2 bears and a family of dear all at once!

I would hike this every weekend, the canyon leading up to the falls alone is just gorgeous. Very lucky to be here in mid May for the amazing full power of the falls. Tokopah falls was a major highlight of our trip.

Fewer people on this trail than the General Sherman Trail, but I'd still call ik "moderately trafficked". You walk along some huge Sequoia Trees with nametags.

This trail is nothing special: very busy and paved. But you get to see the General and it's also the starting point for several other trails. I recommend the Congress Trail.

Beautiful cascading waterfall at the end of the trail. This hike may be classified as easy but it does have a gradual incline most of the way up. it also becomes very rocky in the last stretch which could be difficult for some. Nice walk through the forest beautiful views of the river and mountains the entire way. Would love to do this trail again

hiking
14 days ago

I absolutely love southfork and this trail. I usually go late winter to avoid the bugs and other creepy crawlers. This year went early May. Around the 1-2 mike mark you start ascending through a narrow trail with 3’ grass. There are ticks on every blade of grass, spray clothes with sawyer and bring bug spray. I almost stepped on a 5’ western diamond back going up narrow grass trail,scared the hell out of me to say the least. He warned me after my foot almost touched him but when he turned to get away I for sure thought I was getting bite. The trail and area is amazing but in spring/summer be very cautious of ticks and rattlers. I will go back but I’ll return in winter, cold nights are far better than a insane amount of ticks and the perfect warm river habitat of the western diamondback. If you have kids be extra cautious and please keep on trails, the foothills have real dangers you must be aware of. I saw some pretty incompetent people out there running a muck (another reason why winter is better) But south fork / ladybug holds a special place in my heart and by far is one of CA hidden gems.

Great, easy hike. Good for kids, not too much incline. Gets busy on weekends and in the summer.

The falls are great but depending on the rain/snow of the season it might be a rushing torrent or barely a trickle during dry years.

Great trail and good for bear sightings as they seem to be common in this area.

Perfect little easy day hike.

Easy to find trail head, and lots of parking when we arrived at 10am. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was just long enough. Some fellow hikers but not crowded. I had my ten year old with me and he did just fine. Due to run off from heavy snows the falls and river were super full and the water was moving very quickly. The climb near the falls is rocky so caution is advised. Keep an eye out for the local marmots who will pose for a photo or two. I recommend this hike to all ncluding small children 6 & up.

Wonderful trail, must do if having enough time.

backpacking
18 days ago

It was very sketchy on some parts, definitely was not easy. But the view will make you want to go back every time.

backpacking
19 days ago

First time overnight backpacking was a success! Met some great people at the camp site who have been hiking this area for 25 years and told us that there were more spectacular views past ladybug camp trail. My friends and I were curious to see more views. So we hiked past whiskey log and headed to South Fork. The trail to whiskey log was creepy but in a good way. Made it feel like Harry Potter in the woods! Very steep and couple switch backs but so worth it!! We ended up in a secluded area facing the roaring river. I'd recommend this trail and would go back! If you're camping at the South Fork area, pick up some woods along the way to have a better campfire!

Nicely paved and handicap accessible, not that my family needed that, but it’s fenced in both sides and easy for kids as young as 2 to navigate and explore without needing to stay on top of them. We used this as our warm up walk to stretch our legs from the drive in and tucker the little ones out so we could backpack them on our more ambitious trails later.

Awesome Hike to the worlds largest tree

The walk through the massive Sequoias is just ideal. Carry on to the Eagle View trail for glorious views of the high Sierras.

1 month ago

Nice hike

I have done this trail a total of 3 times and would highly recommend it. Very easy and the views are stunning. Hiked it in the summer and conditions were perfect. Great day hike!

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty difficult for even a 4x4 w/ 3" lift. Really glad we aired down before starting, parts of the trail are washed out and had alot of rocks some really deep (and scary) ruts. After 2 miles, came across a closed gate and had to turn around. We went into the sequoia foothills visitor center to ask about it, and was told it is a park ranger only trail. If this is really the case I wish there was sign at the start of the road.

Beautiful views, moderate to difficult hike during end of March due to hiking in quite a bit of snow. Easy to follow the trail and follow the river and the end view was worth the hike. One way in and one way out!

A must-do hike to see general sherman in its glory. The trail is quite crowded due to being the main attraction in sequoia national park.

When you are able to take a photo with the famous tree, I recommend asking someone to take a vertical panoramic photo bc that’s the only way you’ll be able to fit the whole tree in a photo!

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