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Best views trails in Sequoia National Park

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Explore the most popular views 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 views trails in Sequoia National Park
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404,063 acres
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#1 - Moro Rock Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 17 m
This road generally opens by the Wednesday before Memorial Day in late May and closes when it becomes impassable due to snow. In heavy snow years, the road may open later than usual. When the road is closed, it becomes a ski trail. In summer when the free park shuttles are running (usually from late May to early September), the road closes to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from morning through late afternoon. You can park at Giant Forest Museum or any other shuttle stop and ride the free park shuttle along the road. No drinking water is available along this road, so be sure to take some with you. Moro Rock Trail in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park scales a granite dome via a steep 1/4-mile staircase to the summit offering a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of the park. The parking area for Moro Rock is 2 miles from the village. A steep 1/4 mile staircase climbs over 300' to the summit of a granite dome, offering spectacular views of the western half of Sequoia National Park and the Great Western Divide. This chain of mountains runs north/south through the center of Sequoia National Park, "dividing" the watersheds of the Kaweah River to the west and the Kern River to the east. Moro Rock is a dome-shaped granite monolith. Common in the Sierra Nevada, these domes form by exfoliation - casting off in scales, plates, or sheets of rock layers on otherwise unjointed granite. Outward expansion of the granite causes the exfoliation. Expansion results from load relief: when the overburden that once capped the granite has eroded away, the source of compression is removed, and the granite slowly expands. Fractures that form during exfoliation tend to cut corners. This ultimately results in rounded, dome-like forms.Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - 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
#4 - Heather Lake, Emerald Lake, and Pear Lake Trail via Watchtower and Pear Lake Trails
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 43 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-and-pear-lake-via-hump-trail-winter-route) All the lakes on the trail are beautiful and have fish. Plenty of great camp spots to choose from. Amazing views. Be aware of wildlife and pack out all of your trash. Show more
#5 - General Sherman Tree Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Fun easy walk to see the largest tree in the world! There are two trails to get to the General Sherman Tree - this route includes stairs. The other runs from the handicapped-accessible parking lot/shuttle stop near Generals Highway and can be viewed here on its own trail page: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/general-sherman-tree-accessibleShow more
#6 - Congress Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
This popular paved trail first takes you to the General Sherman Tree and then into the heart of the Giant Forest. No other trail in the park has so many large sequoia clusters in such a short distance. It is also a pleasant snow-shoe in the winter months. There are multiple steep sections on this trail with a grade above 12% making it not accessible for most wheelchair and strollers users. Also, there are some stairs when using this route from the north to access the General Sherman Tree. There is another way to get to General Sherman Tree from the handicapped-accessible parking lot to the south near Generals Highway and a portion of the Congress Trail can be done from there as a shorter loop. That trail can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/congress-loop-accessibleShow more
#7 - Big Trees Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
This easy, paved, family-friendly trail offers several educational displays focusing on the giant sequoia ecosystem. It passes by the Giant Forest Museum, the Clara Barton Tree, Round Meadow, and various Giant Sequoia and young Sequoia groves. Accessibility: This trail is paved/boardwalk, typically at least three feet wide, and mostly gentle with an estimated average grade of 3% and a max grade of 6%.Show more
#8 - 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
#9 - Giant Forest Loop Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
The trailhead at General Sherman Tree parking lot is about 5 minutes away from the Lodgepole Visitor Center. It is a very popular hike in the summertime, so you may need to park your car at the visitor center and hop on the free shuttle to the trailhead lot. This trail will take you through the heart of the giant sequoia forest, which is home to about half of the earth’s largest and longest-living trees with over 8,000 of them. At the last half mile you will be able to admire the majestic General Sherman Tree. Dated to be around 2,100 years old, 100 feet wide, and 275 feet tall it is the largest and tallest living tree in the world! The park is open year-round and makes for a spectacular winter destination, though some roads will be closed in the winter time due to snow. You should still be able to access the trailhead, though car chains may be required. There is a restroom at the parking lot but no water or services, so be sure to pack accordingly. Dogs are not allowed on the trail or on any non-paved area (campsites excluded) in the park. Show more
#10 - 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
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