DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,019 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

backpacking
4 months ago

overall good day hike. you can backpack and camp at the 6mile mark.

cons:
-steep uphill battle against nature
-wish I had brought trekking poles
pros:
-really beautiful places to rest, mossy rocks with waterfalls etc
-got to see some Sequoias that no one else sees.

what I wish I had known before I started:

road to trailhead is really Rocky. You will need a truck or similar. 4x4 not necessary.

Trail is uphill the entire way. don't kid yourself, and bring water. there are water features along the route, very clean, if you have purifier I imagine they taste great.

Garfield Grove Sequoias are a little lackluster--not nearly as close together as the main park.

it was a bit overgrown from recent rain, and this increased bug activity but I used 40% DEET spray and did not get any bites.

didn't see a snake or a bear, although from the look of the forest you should prep for both.