Crescent and Log Meadows Trail

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Crescent and Log Meadows Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Red Fir, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

1.7 miles
190 feet

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



no dogs

15 days ago

beautiful valley hike. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife. I saw a bear off in the distance! Moderate traffic. This hike is a great hike to get some good pictures.

1 month ago

Friends saw a bear and I didn’t

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the meadow and some sequoias.

3 months ago

6 months ago

Nice wildlife 75% you'll see some

6 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful trees! Half of the trail is paved, well maintained

7 months ago

Peaceful place. Had fun playing on Thorp's log in the middle of the meadow

7 months ago

Beautiful meadows and an interesting cabin at the midpoint. Was lucky and saw a bear in log Meadow

8 months ago

Beautiful meadow full of flowers in July. Went at dusk and saw two bears! I could've stayed here forever.

8 months ago

This is a favorite trail! 1.7 miles, half of it paved. When the pavement runs out at Tharp's Log is when you lose the crowds of people. Lots of big trees & 2 sunny meadows. We even saw a bear!

9 months ago

Beautiful big sequoias and a nice meadow. Tharps log is pretty awesome. Nice easy hike through the woods!

9 months ago

This is an easy, well marked and beautiful trail. It doesn't get as much traffic as other Sequoia trails and connects with many other landmarks (Sherman/Congress, Moro Rock via Sugarpine trail). Highly recommended!

10 months ago

Family friendly hike. We saw few deers and 2 bear cubs, our kids were so excited.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nice and easy hike. High concentration of wildlife in this area. Sighted multiple deer and three bear cubs when we did this in September.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We hiked this trail in November, and while we saw some additional hikers towards the start of the trail, that didn't last long.

The paved road to the trail head has you go through a fallen log that was cut away to allow cars through, which was awesome by itself. For larger vehicles there is also a bypass.

The trail shares a parking lot with the High Sierra trail past the Moro Rock trail. There is a vault toilet and picnic area at the start.

The trail passes two little wooden footbridges over mini creeks, Crescent Meadow, Log Meadow, Tharps Log Cabin (made from a fallen Sequoia), and Chimney Tree. We saw deers grazing in Crescent Meadow (they came very close to us for some amazing pictures). I heard it's common to see bears as well, thou we were not lucky enough for that.

The trail is paved at the beginning, but turns to a wide dirt path at Tharps Log Cabin. Coincidentally, this is also when the number of hikers on the trail dwindles. Our favorite part was the experience with the deer- it was such a surreal experience to have them come so close. Tharps Log was also quite cool. Overall it was just a great experience.

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 2016 // An easy but beautiful hike around Crescent Meadow. I've been here many times but I always have to "get lost" along this little trail each time I visit. You get transported back to a time gone by. Walking amongst giants and lush ferns and greenery makes one feel so small and humble. If you come during springtime, the meadow gets filled w an awesome array of wildflowers.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A nice, easy trail with great views of giant redwoods. It is a thoroughly shaded hike along side a meadow. I hiked in September and there was a lack of wildflowers but I'm sure the meadow in the spring is spectacular.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great area. I got there by around 7:30 in the morning and didnt see another person for a couple hours. very peaceful hike.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Easy walk with lots and lots of wild flower even in late July! We saw a buck as well. You have to park at the visitors center and walk down to the trail. Several wooden benches to relax and take in the scenery.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hiked out to Tharps Log. The meadows were awesome. Also hiked the long meadow loop for an extra hike. It had a huge fallen sequoia that had fallen and you could climb on and walk out to the root structure.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

havent done this one in quite some time, but its my favorite!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The views of the meadow and wildflowers were beautiful in the Spring. We only hiked the meadow loop and the trail was very easy. We saw multiple bears including a mama and 2 cubs.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Very easy hike with a nice lush setting full of trees. The meadow view was beautiful.

Friday, July 03, 2015

nice easy trail, good for the whole family all ages, got to see 2 bears and a hand full of deer...

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Easy hike for all skill levels. Today saw some grest wild life grazing in the meadow.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Great snowshoeing trail. Left the Museum and hiked up the road toward Moro Rock (closed to vehicles in winter). At Tunnel Tree, the snow became deep enough to switch from crampons to snowshoes. We continued up the road to Crescent Meadow, then to Tharp's Log, Squatter's Cabin, Dead Giant, and back to the Museum.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Very easy hike around both Log meadow and Crescent meadow. The trail can be the well traveled paved trail, or you can take one of the heavily traveled forest floor trails that shoot off the paved trail. They all offer views of the meadows and the magnificent redwood. Crescent meadows is a stopping point for the free park service shuttle, so the area is well maintained by the US Park Service, but you will see a number of people. This trail goes around the outside of both meadows and travels by Tharp's cabin and chimney tree. Wildlife is almost tame in this area. They are use to humans and do not shy away from people. You have to remember they are wild and do not attempt to feed or pet them. People come on this hike just to get pictures of the wildlife. The bears were out a little earlier than when we hiked the trail and we missed them, but we were able to see both male and female deer. Wildflowers abound in the meadows, and the varieties depend on the time of year. This is a very good and family friendly trail, and everyone should travel it at least once. This not a backpacking trail, but what see and feel is the forest.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

very easy and scenic walk around the meadow. simply incredible!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Easy walk. Lots of bear sightings and gorgeous scenery! Bring your camera!

2 months ago

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