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.

Went up with a group. Great trail! Very clear until you hit Heather Lake. Lots of snow so prep for wet feet (our feet kept sinking in the snow). Keep an eye out for the trail markers cause you won’t see the trail. Camped out at Emerald Lake and views were great. Wish we had better winter equipment but we managed.

I was the only person camping out at Emerald Lake this past Friday, May 18th. The trail is free of snow until Heather Lake and fully covered in snow from Heather Lake to Emerald Lake. Micro-spikes are needed, especially during the early morning hours after the overnight freeze. I attempted to hike to Pearl Lake but was unable to cross the creek of rushing water from Emerald Lake down to Aster Lake. The creek was deep, about 5 to 6 feet wide with snow on both banks. May be later this summer when I can come back and hike to Pearl Lake. The Watchtower Trail is closed, until further notice, due to snow and ice. On the way back to Wolverton and spoke to the ranger who went up on horseback and mules to retrieve equipments left up there after the SAR of the San Diegan hiker who lost his life on May 13th while hiking the Watchtower Trail. Be safe out there.

The views are unbelievable - worth going up all the way! The stairs do get tiring but I'd call it moderate. Coming back down is very quick.

Gorgeous lakes. The hike has it's best views from the watchtower trail. one way to consider accessing Pear Lake is the climb Alta Peak first and then scrambling down the back side down to Pear Lake. It is fun and allows you to see a wide variety of things.

Beautiful view ... well worth the time greeting up early and watching the sunrise. If you are up for a long day and a journey, get up early and watch the sunrise at Moro Rock. Then proceed to the coast and watch the sunset at Morro Rock.

This is even more beautiful in the winter. You will need a pair of snow shoes and hike from the museum. Well worth the hike in the snow. Gorgeous!!!

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.

Great short hike from the museum to Moro Rock through some Sequoia Trees and great mountain peak views. Only wish is that the railings when you get to Moro Rock were just slightly higher and all the way up.

Still quite a bit of snow around the first lake. Didn't attempt to go any further, and wouldn't recommend it for a while still. Easy enough to find the trail using the signs on the trees, but would have been lost otherwise. Couldn't see much given that the clouds formed a mist around the higher parts of the trail and down into the valley. Maybe better to do this one on a clear summer day?

Intense!! Feels great being at the top of the park. Cant wait to come back and do it on a clear summer night.

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.

this trail is actually 3.7 each way, making it a 7.4 total distance (per the NPS Trail Map). bring lots of water or a purifier system, the lower 2 miles are very warm.

mile 1: switchbacks to start (5/6), gentle climb through oaks
mile 2-3: steady climb, trail begins to follow cliff face with loose gravel, watch your step
mile 3: gets steep uphill here, doesn't last long
mile 3.5: gradual decent into waterfall zone.

pros:
-awesome marble waterfalls, duh.
-great wildflowers
-breathtaking geology
-inspiring vistas

cons:
-nettles.
-i saw a snake, be prepared.
-nowhere to overnight .

be advised, poison oak within 3 feet of trail, and small rattler (18") was lounging at trails edge when I approached. Coaxed him away with small pebbles but his signature rattle did give me quite a scare.

Great hike, lots of poison oak. We saw a baby bear on the hike out. The picture doesn’t do this place justice.

So much fun!!! I went when the stairs up to the top were covered in ice. Pretty sketchy - proceed with caution if you don’t have the proper shoe wear. Love love love sequoia ❤️❤️❤️

hiking
14 days ago

This trail isn't for anyone who is sensitive to high altitudes. But if you're up for the steep trek, the views are worth it!

If you don't do anything else in sequoia do this. Spectacular and worth every step.

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

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

nature trips
15 days ago

Worth every step!

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.

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
19 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.

I had a beautiful solo hike day yesterday. Since a lot of the trail higher up have a lot of snow right now (and I am a little wary after getting lost in the snow on the Alta Peak trail for a couple hours last year) I decided to opt for this one. I hiked from the trailhead (more info below on how to get there) to Panther Creek/Middle Kaweah Falls. It was cloudy so I wasn't able to see a whole lot, but I did catch a glimpse of the great Western Divide on the way back. The wildflowers and plant life are in full splendor, and I loved witnessing the gushing Panther Creek waterfall. The waterfall, the roaring Mid Kaweah below, and the cool tranquil pools surrounded by Ponderosa Pines and White Alders at the top of the waterfall were a beautiful sight coming from the dry Central Valley where we siphon off rivers into canals and squeeze every drop for ag. So much life flowing everywhere! There was a camping area next to the pools at the top of the fall, which would make a great camp (with places to hang hammocks!). I'll definitely be back with friends, maybe for a backpacking trip when higher areas are too snowy. The trail continues to a redwood meadow and another meadow where I believe the trail intersects with the High Sierra Trail.

Some tips:
- Getting to the trailhead: if the gate is open, you can turn right off of General Highway right across from the parking lot for Hospital Rock, and follow that towards Buckeye Flat campground. After a sharp right turn in the road there is a V where you can continue on the paved road towards the campground (and the Paradise Creek trailhead) or go up a dirt road. Go up the dirt road to the end of the road and you'll find the trailhead. This cuts out about 4 miles of the hike.
- Can my car make it to the trailhead? I made it in my Kia Soul. I have alright clearance and if you're cautious you can make it fine in a sedan. There are a few more severe dips and potholes that you need to watch out for, but slow and steady does the trick.
- Bring sunscreen and lots of water! Guidebooks are right - this would be a scorcher on a hot summer day.
- careful of the Panther Creek crossing - those with unsteady balance or bad hips should use a pole or walking stick to aid their crossing.

and lastly...have fun! This is a fun lil hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Took my 6 yr old with a few stops. Recorded 1,890 ft elevation gain at just about 4 miles with slight detours for site-seeing. It was an overcast day and my son felt a chilly at the falls having his lunch. Stay covered and wear long sleeves, bring gloves if you can. Lots of poison oak/ivy. Narrow at some spots with steep drops.

Great hike! Took about 2 hours to make it to the falls but once you got there it was amazing! We ran into two king snakes (I think) but thank goodness no rattlers! That was enough for me... lots of shady areas which helped out for us beginners. Must see

hiking
27 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike with all the rock formations, culminating in a beautiful waterfall & river. You will want to rest @ the falls, it's amazing.

Great day hike. Narrow path, moderate difficulty, steady climb. Lots of poison oak throughout the trail so be sure to cover up! 4/21/18 temp around 80 F, was warm but not too hot, little humid under canopy so bring lots of water. 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours up at a moderate pace.

Superb trail with spectacular views and great camping along the way.

on Moro Rock Trail

1 month ago

Love this place!!!

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