Explore the most popular River 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.

Great hike and on the tougher side if your not use to the elevation. Great fishing out of both lakes. Caught over 10 in the upper lake and about the same in the lower lake. Not very big fish but fun to catch and relase. Camp sites are pretty exposed as you dont have much tree growth but campsites are easy to find.

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muddy
9 days ago

This trail had amazing views, and the plants were really colourful and interesting. We hiked it in late November. This is in the foothills so no sequoias, but beautiful nonetheless. We didn’t allot enough time before sundown so we didn’t reach the falls, but would do again.

this trail is beautiful! it's one of my favorites & is doable by beginner hikers.

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rocky
10 days ago

definitely one of my favorite trails. around early spring is a beautiful time to go.

really enjoyable trail, low traffic

Lots of stickers, good hike but encountered 2 bears on this trail.

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.

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20 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.

I did this hike 3 times this year. Once in the spring (April), once in early summer (June), and once recently in November. It is one of my favorite hikes in Sequoia. Not very difficult at all. A beautiful forest stroll next to a creek with an epic payoff at the end. It was best for me in June after the snow had melted, the wildflowers were in bloom, and the waterfall was roaring.

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bugs
22 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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bugs
22 days ago

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scramble
23 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.

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

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rocky
27 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
29 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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1 month ago

Awesome. Short. Fun.

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1 month 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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1 month ago

Loved it!! So pretty!! Quick hike!

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bugs
1 month 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.

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rocky
scramble
1 month 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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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Rocky at the end. Not much water in the falls but beautiful just the same. No bears though, disappointed about that.

on Moro Rock Trail

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1 month ago

Worth every step!

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1 month ago

Easy and fun

Beautiful trail. Winds along the river through a canyon, so nice views throughout. The falls were nearly dry when we went on Oct. 30, but it was still a great hike, not too difficult at all. Definitely recommend.

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