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Best running trails in Sequoia National Park

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Explore the most popular running 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.
Map of running trails in Sequoia National Park
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404,063 acres
Contact
559-565-3341
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Top trails (36)
#1 - Tokopah Falls via Tokopah Valley Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Like Yosemite Valley, Tokopah Valley was shaped by a glacier. This trail leads you under the canopy of pines and firs as you pass an occasional meadow and creek-crossings with a rewarding waterfall at the end. Show more
#2 - Marble Falls Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
A great spring time hike through a deep canyon in the Foothills. This hike offers an abundant and diverse plant life as you switchback through shady, woodland chaparral. Oaks, cottonwoods, redbuds and dogwoods are skirted with a variety of flowers in the spring like brodiaea, madia, lilies and Chinese houses. The trail ends at "Marble Falls" cascading over polished marble.Show more
#3 - Alta Peak Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 8 h 45 m
The Alta Peak Trail is a showcase of grand panoramic vistas, most dramatically in the last mile and a half before the peak. The rocky environment around the peak is strikingly beautiful, with sights that are unique to the alpine environment such as some fascinating alpine flowers and the rare Foxtail Pine (a long-lived relative of the Bristlecone Pine, the world’s oldest trees).Show more
#4 - Heather Lake via Watchtower Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
A short section of the trail that lies past the Watchtower/Hump trail intersection is closed for the winter months annually due to icy conditions and steep cliffs. When it is closed you will need to use the Hump Trail to access Heather, Aster, Emerald, and Pear Lakes. (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/heather-lake-via-hump-trail-winter-route)Show more
#5 - Big Baldy Ridge Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
#6 - Little Baldy Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
The summit of this hike offers an amazing view of the Silliman Crest and the Great Western Divide. Located 1.5 miles south of Dorst Campground, the Little Baldy trailhead is marked by a large sign on the east side of the road. After two switchbacks, you are guided through a quiet forest before the trail opens up onto the top of an open granite dome.Show more
#7 - Twin Lakes Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 28 m
#8 - High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lakes
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 32.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
A long hike to Hamilton Lakes on the High Sierra Trail. Prepare for scenic views from start to finish. The first 11 miles are relatively easy as elevation gain is slow. You descend downhill from 1.5 miles and climb up to the lake the last 1.5 miles. The trip to Hamilton Lakes is part of the High Sierra Trail. You will get a taste of the "high sierra" on your way to a beautiful pristine lake. The full trail is the 3rd most popularly hiked trail and for good reason. A pit toilet is located at Hamilton Lake to keep human wasted concentrated to one area. Camping is available too just below the lake. Prepare for a gorgeous hike with breath taking views. Show more
#9 - General Sherman Tree (Accessible)
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
See the largest tree in the world! Accessibility: This trail is the more accessible route to the General Sherman Tree that starts at the handicapped-accessible parking lot/shuttle stop near Generals Highways and does not have stairs. The surface of the trail is paved and it is typically at least three feet wide. As an out-and-back route, the grade on the trail is less than 5% and less than a mile so it has been given an easy difficulty rating. However, users may need assistance getting from the parking lot to the trail. There is an option to make this a loop and return by veering southeast. However, that section is steeper than the northwestern option with grades greater than 10% so proceed with caution.Show more
#10 - Congress Loop (Accessible)
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Accessibility: This trail begins at the same handicapped-accessible parking lot/shuttle stop that the accessible General Sherman Tree Mini Trail begins at, but it continues on a longer loop. This route is paved/boardwalk with an average grade of 5%. The moderate rating for this trail page is based on what the experience might be like for a wheelchair or stroller user, not a hiker. Some wheelchair or stroller users may be able to continue along the Congress Trail past this loop but caution is suggested due to there being several areas of grades above 12%.Show more
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