Freeman Creek Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Quaking Aspen: This trail connects Quaking Aspen with Lloyd Meadow.
We thought this trail was great! It was 8 miles round trip for us and took 3.5 hours. The trail is mostly down hill to the halfway point, the George HW Bush Tree. Hiking out was a challenge, but doable! There is a campsite about 3 miles in, near a stream. Great hike for dogs. Many beautiful, giant sequoias.
Hiked this just before Memorial Day Weekend, felt like I had the whole area to myself!
As other reviewers noted, keep a lookout for the needles to the right while descending, as well as the large sequoias tucked away on both sides.
If leaving from Quaking Aspen, the trail is downhill -- remember that when you turn around. I chose to turn around at the Bush Tree, as I was running out of daylight. The trail is consistent in steepness going back up, so bring plenty of water an a snack if doing a day hike.
Overall, GREAT day hike (3-4 hours), got my heart pounding on the way back up.
Enjoyable hike—but the fact that it's ALL uphill on the way back is something to consider! There are tons of sequoias along the trail, more and more as you go. But even in the grove they're tucked in amongst all the trees, so make sure to look for them! As a previous reviewer noted, there are a couple creeks dogs can get a drink at, but they're pretty close to either end of the trail, so bring plenty of extra water. The trail itself was nice, quiet and uncrowded (we only saw two other groups all day). And if you camp at the Quaking Aspen campground, the half-mile road that leads to the trailhead is right across the street from the campground entrance. Very convenient!
August 17, 2013 - hiked from freeman creek trail head to the George Bush tree n back today. was close to 100 degrees in the valley, but a perfect 78 degrees in the trail. The hike out is tough (well it was for me anyway), steep in spots. I did in and out with my 2 dogs in about 4 hrs. there are a couple nice spots for the dogs to get water along the way, even in August in a drought year. Overall a great workout with beautiful trees and meadows along the way.
great trail. hiked part of it yesterday. Got to the trailhead too late (6pm) to hike whole thing but I'm definitely going back.
Out for the Trout opener this weekend 4/28/12, Hit the first 2 miles of snow covered but manageable downhill trail until the first of the Giant Sequoia's of the grove where the snow stopped. The old Generals are very impressive bring a camera!. 3.3mi from the trailhead to the George Bush Sequoia Monument and your about halfway to the Boys Camp on your map located near the junction of Freeman's creek and soda springs creek. The trail to the Forks of the Kern is also near this junction. Passing the inviting Green pastures of Loyd's Meadow we continued Following a very lightly used trail through moderate to Difficult terrain hiking down the canyon following a secluded part of the Freeman creek canyon, camping next to a slew of cascading waterfall pools over smooth Granite terraces. The deep creek pools nearing the river junction of Freeman creek canyon and the Kern river are full of Trout, but also perfect for a swim. I Managed to pull out a limit of 5 Native Rainbows, 4- 10in pan sized fish, and one huge 16incher. Feeding 4 men an awesome Trout dinner. Saw fresh Deer and Bear tracks near camp- I recommend taking precaution of food stores with a bear canister or learn to tie a bear bag. Next to the roar of the river you'd never hear your bag getting ripped into. Saw the ISS - international space station pass overhead at night and listened to jets hit the sound barrier by day. The hike out was steep and uphill nearly the whole way past the George Bush Tree. Look for views of "the Needles" and "Hermit Rock" formations above you on the hike out. Enjoy! Challenge to beat my 16incher on 4lb line.!!!!
Amazing, secluded trail. Beautiful groves, wonderfully green meadows. We went in July and weather was great. Started at the top and hiked down to the creek, spent the night, and then hiked back up the next day. It was a steep hike back up, but fun none the less. Truly appreciated every breeze that we could catch as we hiked uphill. Great campsite at the creek with a fallen tree creek side. We saw two other families hiking the entire time. Dog Friendly!!