Best bird watching trails in Sierra National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Sierra National Forest 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 bird watching trails in Sierra National Forest, California
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#1 - Angel Falls via Willow Creek Trail
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
There are two trailheads, one on the west side of the creek and one on the east side of the creek. You must cross bridge to access east side trailhead which is the proper trail. If starting on west side of Willow Creek, there is potentially dangerous creek crossing to reach the upper portion of the trail head at Devil's Slide. The two main attractions to Willow Creek trail are Angel Falls and Devil's Slide. The rocks in this area are extremely slippery, so be careful.Show more
#2 - Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh (Pa'san Ridge Trail)
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
$5 fee, cash/check in envelope system (bring a pen). National park annual pass also accepted. Getting to this trail requires driving through miles of fun, curvy mountain roads. It's an easy trail until the return, then it's a lot of uphill. Decent views at the bridge. The trail is shared with horseback riders.Show more
#3 - Edison Point Trail
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h
The Edison Point Trail is managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Pine Flat Lake. It is recommend to start using the left entrance. This trail is not too difficult but, it's a good challenge if you aren't used to hiking. Mountain biking is allowed but can become very difficult with the steep curves and the vegetation. Show more
#4 - Corlieu Falls and Red Rock Falls via Lewis Creek National Scenic Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Note: Per Sierra National Forest, please use the trailhead off of Highway 41 to access the trail. This trailhead contains a large paved parking area. Do not access this trail from the smaller north and south trailheads.Show more
#5 - Rancheria Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
#6 - Indian Pools Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Located next to China Peak Mountain Resort, Indian Pools is a great moderate trail next to a river that takes you many great swimming holes. The water is cold, but in the summer heat and after a long hike it sure feels good.Show more
#7 - George Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
#8 - Bald Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#9 - Devils Bathtub Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h
#10 - Florence Lake to Evolution Valley [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 30.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Approaching by way of the rugged canyon of the San Joaquin River and surrounded by a host of jagged summits, this trail delves into the secluded heart of Kings Canyon's northern wilderness - the lush, green parkland of Evolution Valley. All overnight backpackers must obtain a wilderness permit from the ranger station. Campfire permits are required for the national forest. No fires are allowed in King Canyon National Park above 10,000 feet. Note: Ferry takes you to trailhead and makes several scheduled trips per day, conditions permitting. A radio on the eastern shore allows you to call for additional service. If you bypass the ferry and take the connector trail, you will add another 4 miles to your trip, in each direction. The late-season drop in the reservoir level may affect ferry service. The Muir Trail Ranch does not encourage visits from non-guests.Show more
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