Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop

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Kings Canyon National Park

Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop is a 7.3 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.

Length7.3 miElevation gain1,305 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyOver grownHistoric siteNo dogs
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Kings Canyon National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. This is a gorgeous hike through groves of giant trees. Seeing the Hart Tree is worth the hike - very impressive. Trail is more of rolling hills rather than steep inclines. Lots of shade.

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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Hugo H
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Solitude + giant trees

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Jordan Elizabeth
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Great hike! Out of the way trail that is definitely worth doing. You have to go down a 1.8 mile gravel road to get to the trailhead. I was fine in my CRV (no 4WD); however, if it was snowy/icy, then this road could be tough to get up and down.

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Evita Liscum
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Jeff Scott
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Saw a mountain lion as I drove in at 7:30am. No issues getting to the trailhead in a subcompact 2wd. Beautiful hike!

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Alex Scarfo
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Driving down the 2 mile dirt road wasn't to challenging in a 4x4, without that I may not have considered checking this trail out. Every step was more stunning than the last. Going inside Fallen Goliath was insane! Don't expect a bunch of vista's, you're here to see big trees. There was very minimal snow in some of the more shaded areas, but nothing that went more than a couple inches up my hiking boots. Clear blue skies, no smoke. Just an abundance of pine in the air. This loop is best done clockwise, however the final 1.5ish miles is the most challenging bit of the trail. The rest of it wasn't to bad at all. Clocked about 8.5mi, but we did venture around the Fallen Goliath and Hart tree, as well as the 1 vista point.

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Cathryn Salisbury
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Beautiful! Great fall colors, running water, birds and just a handful of other hikers. A few fallen trees to clamor over. There are a few historical items, a log cabin, and logging stumps 10+ feet in the air. Scaffolding was erected to saw the sequoia trees at their narrowest. Those are all on the Hart Tree side. Started at 830a. Parking lot was twice as full when we returned. Tons of cars coming down the very narrow road on the way out.

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Sabrina Pena
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Nils Jepson
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Probably one of the best hikes I’ve ever been, if just because it had everything. Streams, shade, sequoia, granite, oaks changing colors, etc etc. the trees are, of course, crazy. took me about 2.25 hours but I was basically running because it was getting dark and I was out there alone so I was a bit spooked. Do it!

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Dotti Egel
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Fantastic trail through diverse terrain and vegetation. Loads of giant sequoias, of course, but many other species , a waterfall and even granite boulders. Well worth the dusty drive down a dirt road to get away from the crowds. Like others, we found the NPS signage misleading—we clicked the hike at 8.3 miles.

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James Lin
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Ray Del Real
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Judy Tran
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Alex McCarthy
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Great trail with a easy/moderate challenge at the beginning and end. coupd not find fallen Goliath for the life of us. searched around for a good 5-10 mins around the waypoint. there's an arrow right after the fallen tree bridge, follow it to get back to parking.

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Kara Concheck
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Awesome hike! Gorgeous trail. But- As post before this stated- it is 9.6 miles and not 7.3!

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Corey Greenlaw
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Super fun. Careful of falling trees!

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J Nuez
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Josh Gelb
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Perfect. Saw a cub, no momma. Just a gorgeous hike.

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Amee Yescas
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This is an amazing hike! I would definitely go to the right (not the start of Hart trail) when it forks off in the beginning as it’ll be easier towards the end. If not, it’ll be a moderate/hard incline for the last 1-2 miles. It says it’s 7.3 miles, but it’s actually 9.6 miles. Either way, it’s a well worn path and very therapeutic for nature lovers.

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Kristen Mitchell
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Beautiful hike! Well worth going & seeing all the beautiful nature. Nicely shaded as well.

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T S
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This is a gorgeous hike through groves of giant trees. Seeing the Hart Tree is worth the hike - very impressive. I recommend this hike, as it's a great way to see these trees and to avoid the crowds. Not too difficult; more of rolling hills rather than steep inclines. Lots of shade. I went on the hike with my partner and my toddler (we carried him in a pack). The signage and trail were very clear. The only "sketchy" part of the trial was crossing the creek on a big log, which wasn't super flat and did not have handles or rails. I crossed the log by myself just fine, but my partner (who was carrying our toddler) was more comfortable wading through the creek. We clocked our mileage for this loop at 8 miles (and we did a little side-trail up to Hart Tree, which probably added maybe 400 meters within our total). We left the trailhead at around 8:30am, only saw two other pairs on the trail. Didn't see any bears. Lots of flies and mosquitos - bring bug spray! When we got back to our car in the early afternoon, the parking lot was a bit fuller, but by no means crowded. We have 4WD, so the drive down was easy for us. Saw small sedans and sports cars at the bottom, so definitely possible to drive down on the dirt road; but would exceed my personal comfort level.

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Brian Langley
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Unbelievable hike. Beautiful loop through the woods. This hike has everything. Hart tree is huge. The Fallen Goliath isn’t labeled and is easy to miss. My favorite was a hollowed out log that you can walk through. I’ve done a lot of hiking in the redwoods, and this hike has the most I’ve ever seen. This trail is almost entirely shaded. So that was a nice benefit on a hot day. I had total mileage at 8.5. Love this hike!

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Lisa Preston Langley
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Awesome trail. Loved it. So many redwoods. The highlight was the hollow tree going to the hart tree. Very hot in August but there is a lot of shade.

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Nick Garcia
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Katie Reilly
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This trail was a LOT harder than we expected it to be for a “moderate” hike. Lots of inclines, and especially brutal ones at the end. We’d done the Big Baldy hike most recently and figured this wouldn’t be much more strenuous but we were very wrong! We went left toward the Hart tree at the loop, and perhaps, as other reviewers noted, we’d have been better served going right. Also, we were a little confused about how to cross the creek toward the end— there was a sequoia bridge but it did not seem wide enough for some of us to feel comfortable, so we ended up crossing over the creek (where we could find some rocks) and getting a little soggy. I also think the 7.3 mile estimate was wrong— our watches said closer to 9 miles. With a little lunch stop and about 30 stops to catch our breath on the uphill return, it took us close to 5.5 hours. But we saw some deer and some cows which were very neat and unexpected, and it was mostly shaded which was great. Loved all of the smaller creek crossings and that little waterfall, and we also felt very accomplished (albeit totally sore) by the end!

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Yana Piatetsky
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Actual hike length from the parking lot is a little over 8 miles. Awesome hike! Saw a deer, and 2 black cows.

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Colin Gregory
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Katie C
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I do NOT recommend doing this trail solo, as it felt uncomfortably remote. Trail was over 8 miles, not the 7.3 listed. Cool fallen log large enough to walk through. I encountered people only 3 times, saw 6 deer (fun) and 2 large black bears (less fun). The signs regarding bear activity are legit. I much preferred the sunny groves south of the General Sherman Tree than this kind of gloomy/shady setting.

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Liz Kellogg
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What a magical hike! I got there about 7:30am and the weather was perfect. This is my top 2 favorite hikes in sequoia. The other being the watchtower trail. It has all the eye candy you need. Giant Sequoias, creeks, large rocks with a view, deer, and a fairly easy trail. I think the hardest part was the last 20 min, its an incline all the way back to parking. I really took my time to enjoy the trail, it really feels like a bowl of paradise away from everything. The fallen Goliath was a little hard to see from the trail. The “top” of the tree is closest to the trail the roots are pointed away from the trail. You can tell its been there a very long time. There are small pine trees growing on it as well as other brush. Well camouflaged. Highly recommend this trail and will come here again!

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