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Best waterfall trails in Sequoia National Park

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Explore the most popular waterfall 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 waterfall trails in Sequoia National Park
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404,063 acres
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Top trails (15)
#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 - 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
#6 - Nine Lakes Basin Loop Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 57 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Middle Fork Kaweah Falls from Hospital Rock
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h
#8 - Alder Creek Falls
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 45 m
Please note: road to trail may close seasonally. Please check with the park prior to your visit.Show more
#9 - Deadman Canyon Backpack Trip
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 48.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
This semi-loop backpack trip from Lodgepole to the Giant Forest delves through the backcountry of King Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, building by slow degrees to a grand climax of a High Sierra crossing at Elizabeth Pass, and winding down again with another gradual passage down the north wall of the Kaweah River. Glacier-carved cliffs and mountains, deep canyons, wildlife, and giant sequoias - this hike has it all. This hike includes more than 14,000 feet of elevation gained and lost overall. Elizabeth Pass may be covered with snow. Must obtain a wilderness permit for overnight use at the Lodgepole Wilderness Office; the park service charges a fee per wilderness permit obtained May 23 - Sep 27, but they are free outside that period. No fires above 10,000 feet in Kings Canyon National Park or above 9,000 feet in Sequoia National Park. There is a free shuttle from Crescent Meadow trailhead to the starting point.Show more
#10 - Nine Lake Basin
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 34.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
Nine Lakes Basin is located on the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park. Prepare for scenic views and that "high sierra feeling" when on this trip to Nine Lakes Basin. Cross country travel the last 0.5 mile to the lower lake is required. An easy to follow trail, but demanding once you cross the bridge past Bearpaw Meadow. A long steady uphill climb to Kaweah Gap. If you want to "take it easy" then it is recommended to stay one night at Bearpaw, start early the next day, and hike uphill when it is cool towards Nine Lake Basin.Show more
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