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High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow

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Sequoia National Park

High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.5 miles Elevation Gain: 4,340 feet Route Type: Out & Back




horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers



no dogs

This is a nice hike, and would be a spectacular one if it were the only hike you were taking in Sequoia National Park. The great thing about this hike is that you get to see parts of three really superb trails: the Alta, Sevenmile and the High Sierra. The downside is that it is mostly uphill, and not the most spectacular of meadows, points of interest, destinations or views. What makes this trail stand out is the junction with the Alta Trail holds one of the best views that close to the road, as you sit just above the tallest of the Castle Rocks, and not too far below the Great Western Divide with it's peaks and crags. You could also begin this hike at Crescent Meadows and follow the high Sierra Trail to the connector to the Alta Trail. If you are camped at Bearpaw or Buck Creek, take a different hike. If you are just going out for the day, take the Alta Trail in as a loop through the Giant Forest to combine this into an amazing sampler of the sequoia and alpine parts of the park.

11 months ago

This is a very beautiful trail, especially the first sections that overlook the Sierra and pass waterfalls and many wild flowers. We were disappointed in bear paw campsite which was right in the forest and inundated with mosquitoes so we hiked back to Buck creek and camped there overnight. Buck creek is a fast flowing river so really beautiful to camp next to, offering plenty of water. The distance might be challenging for some but overall the trail is easy to follow and generally flat

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