Hotel Creek Trail to Cedar Grove Overlook

EASY 11 reviews
#15 of 46 trails in

Hotel Creek Trail to Cedar Grove Overlook is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar Grove, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until November.

3.8 miles
1,614 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running


no dogs

10 months ago

A great, short day hike that is too many visitors miss out on. Perhaps it is so lightly trekked due to its steepness. Despite the rating here, this trail is NOT easy. It's short, but very steep and strenuous, rising 1500 feet over 2 miles of switchbacks. That workout is rewarded with sweeping views of the canyon and the Monarch Divide to the north. You also pass thru a wide extent of forest that was burned in 2015.

Our Labor Day weekend hike took 3 hours and we saw only 1 other hiker (heading down as we ascended) the entire time.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Steep climb on a well maintained trail. Not too many big steps or rocks to deal with for most of the length of the trail. I agree with other reviews that this trail is not "easy" due to the steep climb over a short distance and the exposure to the sun for the entire length of the trail.

Beautiful views of the valley, peaks, and varying vegetation along most of the trail length. Well worth the hard work needed to reach the overlook point.

I went at sunset and the colors were amazing in all directions. If you do this, each person in your party should take a headlamp, which you will definitely need during the descent.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

ver y good experience, i love the view.. forma me was very hard , not easy..

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Loved it. Pack plenty of water! Drink an IPA after this hike to accent the experience.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

[Note: I do not know why this site says located in "Dunlap." This hike is in the heart of Kings Canyon, in Cedar Grove]

If you want to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon, take this hike! However, it's gonna cost you .... in calories burned, sweat and aching leg muscles! .... but that is the fun of it! The hike starts near Hotel Creek, but quickly veers away from it. You will not see water the rest of the way.

At that point, get ready for a strenuous 1,300 foot climb using switchbacks. You'll be going through pines and brush (and lots of sun, if you don't leave early enough in the morning). Suggestion: leave early in the morning!

Once you get to the top, it's flat (and easy) for a half mile or so to the "look out point." Spectacular back country and canyon views await you! Have your lunch and relax and take in the views. There are some great rocks, trees and shade to hang out on. When I went in early June, I only ran into one person and so had the viewing area all to myself.

Make sure to take the loop trail and come down on the other side. I rate the views trail area at the top, a 5 Star, and the hike coming up and going down a 3, so I averaged it to a 4.

9 months ago

Monday, May 08, 2017