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#13 of 60 national parks in United States of America

Best trails in Sequoia National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Sequoia National Park, California? AllTrails has 100 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 46 hard trails in Sequoia National Park ranging from 6.4 to 74.9 miles and from 2,700 to 14,478 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The beautiful Sequoia National Park features the tallest peak in the continental United States and the largest trees on the planet. Covering an impressive 404,063 acres, there is so much to explore including the Giant Forest. There you will find the world's largest tree, General Sherman, and many of the world's other largest trees. There are numerous caves, Mount Whitney, and the granite dome Moro Rock. The park is open 24 hours a day, all year round. There will be closures, however, depending on weather conditions. Fees: Vehicle Pass - $35.00 This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling in a single vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com. Individual Entry Pass - $20.00 This entry fee is for a single person traveling on foot or by bicycle. It is valid for 1-7 days in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. Non-Commercial Group - $15.00 Groups traveling in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 16 persons or more are charged per person. People 15 years old or younger, drivers hired for transportation only, or anyone with a pass that may be used for park entry is exempt from paying the entrance fee. Motorcycle Pass - $30.00 This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling on a motorcycle, scooter, or similar motorized vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com. Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. They are available at park entrance stations or online. The Visitor Centers are wheelchair accessible and have accessible bathrooms. Manual loaner wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come-first-served at Giant Forest Museum, Lodgepole Visitor Center, and Kings Canyon Visitor Center. They may be used throughout the park but must be returned where they were borrowed from by closing on the same day. Temporary accessible-parking placards are available at the visitor center for visitors who do not have a state-issued parking permit. No documentation is required. Check out the NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon phone app for alternative text for images. Free shuttle buses in the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas operate during the Summer and on holidays and they are wheelchair accessible. There are accessible picnic spots in the Foothills Area. There are accessible campsites at the Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, and Mineral King Areas. Service animals must be on-leash throughout the park. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Sequoia National Park
Park information
Acreage:
404,063 acres
Contact
559-565-3341
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Top trails (100)
#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 - 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
#4 - 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
#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 - Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle Lake and back. The hike from Mineral King to Eagle Lake is short and steep. The hike starts at an elevation just above 7,800' and climbs to just above 10,000 ft at Eagle Lake. Passing from forest to clearing and back again, the trail is often shaded. The Eagle sinkhole is a unique attraction just before the junction with the Mosquito Lakes trail. This is a moderately difficult hike and can be finished in half a day, although it might be more relaxing if you have a full day.Show more
#8 - 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 flat with an average grade of 3% and a max grade of 6%. It will likely be navigable for most wheelchair and stroller users.Show more
#9 - 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
#10 - Mount Langley
Sequoia National Park
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Length: 23 mi • Est. 11 h 42 m
Mount Langley is the ninth highest peak in California. It is also the southernmost 14er in the United States. It is only 5 miles from Mount Whitney and in the same range. Enjoy the beautiful views and difficult journey to the top.Show more
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