Buck Rock Fire Lookout Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hume, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.7 miElevation gain698 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyHistoric site
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This trail is partially on an unpaved road leading up to Buck Rock. You will share the trail with cars making their way up to Buck Rock. Access is seasonal. This trail may also be closed due to weather emergencies. Visitors are welcome when staffed from 10am - 5pm. You should start to see the tower in the distance after the first mile of walking/driving. Views on top are pretty nice and there is even a bench behind a giant boulder.

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Amy Schaefz
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HikingIcyOff trail

Do not do this trail I got lost for hours on end. Almost died, fell into a river by accident, was frozen/soaked. Thank god for the warming hut on the way down, saved my life and probably my toes from frostbite. It was icy and snowy the entire way. Not to mention it obviously adds miles since the trailhead is closed, so you have to walk tons of extra mileage to get to the trailhead. Most importantly the lookout is legit closed you can only get up a few steps.

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Audrey Charneux
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

We parked at the beginning of the road that gets to Big Meadow since it was closed and hiked all the way to Horses flat (campground) and then to Buck Rock. There was quite a bit of snow we regretted not having snow shoes that would have made things easier. Very nice views though and we didn’t see anyone the entire 5hrs hike.

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Kaci Rodriguez
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ClosedNo shade

*As of July 2020, the lookout is closed including the stairs. Park at the horse camp and the entire trip will be less then five miles. Tons of exposure. Stay on the same road as it leads directly to the lookout point. You should start to see the tower in the distance after the first mile of walking/driving. The road was in decent condition. Views on top are pretty nice and there is even a bench behind a giant boulder.

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Corina Lashley
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Hiking

Loved it

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Tiffany Hendrixson
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Hiking

Service road and steady incline the whole way up. Lookout opens at 10:30am. Lots of buzzing from bees. Not too many to worry about.

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Chrissy Costello
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Hiking

Great quick climb to the top. Took my 4yr old and she was quicker than me! Great views and excellent volunteers at the top. Road is slow, but in good condition. Past the corrals it has more ruts, but passable.

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Maria G
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Hiking

We spent our Sunday afternoon hiking and climbing the Buck Rock Lookout in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. This lookout offers amazing 360-degree views of Coastal Ranges and the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

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Cindy Harris
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Hiking

The trail was not marked past Horse camp so we went lft instead of right at the last fork and did a loop back to the road and our car. Since we had already hiked 5 miles we drove most of the way to the look out. It was closed so next time we'll do it right.

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F Brown
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What a treasure to see while visiting the Sequoias. You can either park at Horse Camp and walk the couple miles to the lookout or drive the trail directly there. Either way, it’s worth the trip. Be sure to call ahead of time as the lookout is seasonal (559) 565-3676.

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Mike East
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Hiking

Parked when road turned to dirt, near horse corral. Fun hike on a dirt road with our dogs. Wife stayed with the dogs as I climb 167 steps up to the Lookout tower. We came back the same way, but you could double The Distance by hiking down past the Lookout then return to your car via same trail.

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Shawn Ellberg
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Hiking

Awesome place to go. Views are beautiful and road in has alot of places to stop and walk around. I've seen marmonts there at times. probably should have a truck or something with some ground clearance, trail can get a little rough at times.

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Robert Dinges
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OHV/Off-road driving

Last minute addition to a day trip to Hume Lake, and well worth it! I took my (2) sons, ages 4 and 1.5, and it was pretty easy! Awesome views and friendly staff made this the highlight of the day! I drove up in a stock 2000 Land Cruiser with no issues.

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Preston Tasoff
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great trail to a beautiful fire lookout with a long, incredible history. Completed in my Subaru Outback, it's not too far out of the way, and best views in the park.

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Pat Ribotto
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Hiking

I did this hike back in 91'. Had my 18 month old daughter on my back in her little backpack. Great views from up by the lookout. fairly easy trail

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Gilbert Avila
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Hiking

The top view is definitely worth it!

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Ken Brown
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Backpacking

Easy climb good for kids

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Leif Carney
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Great trail! I had the privilege to hike it in March of 2014. When hiking the trail, which had some pretty steep climbs on dirt paths, you're surrounded by beautiful and sweeping landscapes. As you summit the mountain and see the Fire Lookout the trees open up and you can see the surrounding ranges...it's a beautiful view. I hiked up to the lookout (it was closed because it wasn't in season) and the views from the staircase are AMAZING! Highly recommended for those who have little hiking experience but want a bit of a challenge.

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Cameron Rhodes
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OHV/Off-road driving

There were some difficult climbs, but bypasses are available. Really fun trail with some beautiful views. Completed in FJ with 3" suspension lift and stock Jeep Rubicon.

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Eric Webb
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I mountain biked it. Gorgeous trail and views from the top of the historic tower were incredible.

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Sandra Orique
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OHV/Off-road driving
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We started from the turn off for Hume Lake 10 mile Drive Hwy 198 just south of the 180/198 junction and rode our dirt bike up and around to Buck Rock Lookout. I hike up to the lookout to enjoy the amazing view and visit with the ranger.We rode down to Big Meadows on the south side and rode out S1411 5 miles before retracting back to our truck. Lots of OHV trails and fire roads in the area. Pretty easy riding and beautiful scenery.

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Tony Murch
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Tiffany Hendrixson
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Hiking
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Trent Walley
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Hiking
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Teri Thurbush
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Horseback riding
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Kristin Case
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Hiking
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Bryan Vorkapich
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