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Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop

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Kings Canyon National Park

Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,354 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

No dogs

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Getting There

Take Highway 180 (generals highway) to a small parking lot labeled "Redwood Canyon" and follow Forest route 14S75 to the trailhead (about 2 miles of dirt road). Do not try this drive if there is snow unless you have a high clearance vehicle with 4x4 and snow chains. It is narrow and susceptible to wash out. That being said, it is accessible in the Spring for a low clearance 2wd vehicles as long as there has not been too much rain. Lots of sequoias, lots of cool things to see. Fairly easy, not a ton of up and down.

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Reviews (142)
Photos (283)
Recordings (104)
Completed (314)
Ronald Ortiz
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Hiking

Excellent morning doing The trail with my 13 year old daughter. We clocked it at 8.5 according to All Trails app. Fresh in the morning, cool things to see and a nice up hill finish. Hopefully it will inspire to continue hiking with me. 4 hours of peace and fun. Well maintained during our hike.

kacie avila
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Hiking

Great trail, I gave it only 2 stars because it is NOT only 7.1 miles, hiked it on June 14th 2020 and it is 10 miles, I recorded on my Apple Watch and it is indeed 10 miles. Also the “waterfall” is not what I would call a waterfall, it was more of a trickle. Personally I wouldn’t do this hike again, it’s not worth it if you are trying to see a waterfall. But the hike wasn’t so bad, except at the end

Blomqvist & Jones
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Hiking

Great trail through several redwood groves with partial shade and well marked trails the entire way. Most of the elevation change was gradual so it wasn’t too difficult. Mostly rolling ups and downs. A lot of damaged and dead trees along the way. A bit sad to see the forest ravaged by drought and beetles. There are a few nice mountain stream crossings and seeing both Hart (25th largest tree in the world) and Roosevelt (22nd) right beside each other was pretty fantastic. We also saw several deer along the way. We started a bit late so we had to get back to our camp, but if we had more time we would have added the Sugarbowl trail to our loop. The fire road down to the trailhead is narrow, so drive carefully. I personally wouldn’t attempt it with a low clearance 2-wheel drive vehicle, but there were quite a few of them at the bottom. So it’s doable. Enjoy!

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Eric Smyers
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Hiking

Great hike after a long time away. Trail was well marked. No bugs at all. Water falls sounded amazing. Flowers were out in full force. Beautiful trail as always.

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Andrew Feil
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Hiking

Really beautiful day of hiking. Dogwoods were blooming! Easy drive down. Plenty of parking and during the week few hikers.

Lisa Baldis
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We did this hike back in November 2019. Very secluded and beautiful with a small waterfall and the interesting cabin made out of a redwood log. This took us about 3 hours and it was right around 7.2 miles. I would highly recommend this hike for a beautiful and quiet redwood forest experience!

chris m.
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Hiking

Road down is pretty rough unless you have a serious 4wd truck. The road is 2miles each way and has great views and sequoias, so a nice 4mile option. The trails have about a foot and a half of snow and I was the first one to make tracks.

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Isaac Vega
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Hiking

Like everyone says here this trail has everything, sequoias , a waterfall (small one), creek crossing and there is an area with a great view of the forest. Beware there is a lot of uphill climbing on this hike. All trails tracker reported a 1000 feet delta between lowest point and highest point. This loop is 9 miles not 7.

Grace Cimino
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Hiking

The perfect hike. AllTrail directions Coordinates take you right to closest trailhead parking lot. Hart Tree / Fallen Goliath Loop trail is off to the left. After about a quarter mile, you’ll have choice of taking left or right for the loop. If you don’t want a steep incline at the end of your hike, go RIGHT.

Mike Mantele
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Hiking

Absolutely Amazing..... this trail has it all! 5 stars all the way.... but your legs will be sore

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Denise Philyaw
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Hiking

Loved this trail! Lush and green, huge sequoias, absolutely beautiful! Not many other hikers, so kinda felt secluded which was nice. Never saw the Fallen Goliath either, so don't know what happened there. Funny story though....deep into the hike I swear I hear a cow moo. Cow moo? Okay...says my partner with that "you're nuts" look. A little further we see something big and black! Must be a bear! Nope...It's a Black Cow! (Now who's nuts?):-) Yep, a cow. Must have been lost, because it followed the ring of my bear bell on my backpack for a ways, until we walked thru a downed tree that had a tunnel through it. We told some other hikers coming from the opposite direction to look for the cow, and maybe help it find it's way out. What an unexpected find in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest!

James Hayne
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Hiking

Fantastic secluded hike amongst some beautiful, enormous trees. It rained a bit throughout the hike, but the trees provide some cover (or you can hide in the Log House or other cool sites along the trail). We somehow missed Fallen Goliath, but there were a variety of large felled trees so maybe we just missed the sign. The drive down is a bit treacherous on an unpaved, 1.5 lane road that is populated with random free range cows so 4WD helps.

John Creasy
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Hiking

Great hike, big trees, beautiful creeks and herbaceous plants. Saw deer, lots of birds and a black bear!

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Liv E
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HikingBugs

We started on the Hart’s tree trail but ended up cutting it about halfway short by going down the Redwood creek trail instead because we were losing daylight too fast (it gets darker on this trail earlier because you’re down at the bottom of the Forrest). We really enjoyed this hike though. It was so lush as we were following the creek and we only met a handful of people on our hike. I wouldn’t necessarily call this trail strenuous but you will have to climb the hill a little bit regardless of which hike you choose to do at the Redwood Cove. The shade is really nice and makes the temperature pleasant, however, there is plenty of mosquitoes so be aware. The path is clearly marked despite of all the vegetation so that’s nice. Would definitely come back and do the whole loop!

Tim Brindamour
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Hiking

Mammoth and epic trees. Lots of mosquitos too but worth it.

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Jordan Gracien
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Hiking

Loved seeing soooo many giant Sequoias after seeing only stumps on other hikes

Tina Newman Guidry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 24 2019
Hiking

Very pretty trail. Lots of wild flowers. Lots of water. All trails says it is 7 miles, however my husbands satellite watch said we hiked 9 miles.

Michael Hoffnagle
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Hiking

Great trail with tons of beautiful giant Sequoia trees.

Andre Pina
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HikingBugsMuddy

This trail was fun! The redwood trees are amazing! Just the shire size of them is crazy... pictures don’t do them justice. You’ve got to see them up close. The trail had several areas of mud and run off. So wear the proper shoes.. and socks. In order to get to the trail head you have to drive down a service road, (2 miles) it’s a little bumpy, if you have 4 wheel drive, a truck or suv you should be good. But if rolling up there in a Honda Civic... you may want to park up off the main road and hike the 2 miles down to the trail head. Up to you... oh and watch out for the Bear shat!! Be safe and enjoy the trail!!

Mia F.
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Hiking

Those sequoias are really amazing. So beautiful. This app is your best friend as you can sometimes lose the path but we didn’t get lost at all thanks to the map.

David Garcia
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Nice trail with Giant Sequioas everywhere some ascents especially at the end but nothing to bad. I did it in October I would have liked to take my time but I had so much more I wanted to explore at Sequioa National Park

Lisa Pritzl
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Hiking

11/25/18 One of our favorites so far! The trail was a fairly easy hike. Any inclines were very gradual. We really enjoyed the variety of scenic views, from giant sequoias, to rock formations, small waterfalls, babbling brooks and a look out point overlooking kings canyon. The trail was easy to follow and never any cliffs to worry about. There was just a little bit of snow. Enough for us to make a small snowman to honor our friends in Wisconsin. While we didn’t see any wildlife it’s certainly out there. We saw a couple dozen bear pop piles. Note: carry bear spray just to be safe. Temps were in the mid 40’s with abundant sunshine. It was perfect weather. We looped the trail counterclockwise. With a short trail snack we finished in 3 hours for a total of 8.25 miles. On our drive out on the dirt road we came across a LARGE BOULDER in the middle of the road. It fell while we were on the trail. We managed to get around it but it was very tight. We notified the ranger. Hopefully they remove it soon. Definitely a hazard. Would definitely do this hike again!

Emilee Zuna
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SUPER WORTH IT!!! Beautiful views and MASSIVE trees! Would definitely recommend

Steve La
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarWed Aug 01 2018
Hiking

Nice hike with lots of shade and beautiful redwoods to look at. We did the loop trail towards Hart tree ending with the Canyon. For this particular route I'd rate 3 stars. The last part of the hike descending down the canyon and immediately back up is a little kick in the butt especially after you've been on the trail ~5-6 miles in 95-100 degree weather. It definitely made it much less enjoyable for me as I was more focused on just completing the hike to go back to the car and drinking a beer vs being able to take in the scenery and surrounding. If we had done the opposite loop starting with the canyon first and then the Hart tree, I would've rated that hike a 4 star and would recommend doing the loop in that direction.

Trayce Pedro
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Hiking

We did the trail in reverse starting with Redwood Canyon and ending with Hart Tree trail. I’m glad we did because the total loop was exactly 8.0 miles. If we started with Hart Tree and ended with Redwood Canyon, we would’ve been slogging uphill at the end of our hike. Total walking time was just under 4 hours. Although I saw sedans in the parking lot, I’m glad we took our pickup truck to get down the 2 mile dirt road to the trailhead. I didn’t see any water at the trailhead but there was a pit toilet. Despite the remote trailhead, there were quite a few people encountered.

Khoa Tran
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David Reiley
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Hiking

This is a great hike with many giant Sequoias to see. I really enjoyed being able to see such beauty without the crowds like some of the other groves. The hike is not too difficult. We did see a bear, but never felt threatened.

Felicity Feline
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Hiking

What a wonderful hike! It’s not for the faint of heart - you’ll want to definitely be on board to do this hike because you’re kind of in the middle of nowhere. We were a little skeptical by the unpaved dirt road getting up there but stay confident - you’ll get to the main area eventually. There were very few people there but we were relieved to see we weren’t alone! We took the Hart Redwood fallen Goliath loop and it’s definitely longer than what the sign says. It’s a little over 8 miles. Overall, the hike was beautiful. The weather was perfect for us - and the trees and landscape were breathtaking. Most of the hike is shaded so it’s relatively cooler (make sure you pack accordingly). Lots of cool things to see - waterfalls, amazing trees, wildflowers, and possibly wildlife! We were warned by other hikers that there were bears spotted so be alert! Highly recommended. No crazy inclines but it’s definitely a good, long workout. We were pretty tired by the end. My hiking partner/boyfriend/lover/babushka said it was his favorite trail he’s ever been on.

Marin Wolgamott
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Backpacking

Great trail with lots of Giant Sequoias. The 2 mile dirt road to get to the trail head looked like it was recently graded so no major potholes, would be easy to get to in a low car. The start of the trail is a gradual downhill and then it's a gradual uphill. With a backpack I was a little out of breath, but really wasn't too steep or difficult. Lots of great trees and scenic spots with small steam crossings. We turned left at the fork and camped along Redwood Creek. Luckily, not very many mosquitoes. We were planning on doing the sugarbowl trail loop back, but got a late start and just did the redwood creek trail back up. That was a gradual uphill, but not too difficult. Watch out for patches of little pine cones, I slipped on those buggars.

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