Ladybug Camp Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,952 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

NOTE: The entrance to the park boundary is closed (due to COVID 19), so you need to walk half a mile on the dirt road to the trailhead.

5 days ago

did this trail May 21st 2020. Beautiful! varied scenery, great whitewater views. The last few miles of road leading to park entrance are dirt, rough roads. The entrance to the park boundary is closed (due to COVID 19), but there is just enough room to turn your vehicle around and park on the side of the road here, and walk maybe half a mile on the dirt road to the trailhead. I would recommend walking this part anyways, because you can much better enjoy the river to your left!

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6 days ago

We had a beautiful hike. It seemed more than moderate, and given its hard to drive to campground you may need to add 2.5-3 miles on from where you park. We went to sequoia trees by a lake - about 1/2 mile from whisky log camp. River is awesome, the wildflowers took my breath away - highly recommend for spring. Keep an eye out for sign to whisky log camp to the left. Trail fairly unkept from that point. Would do again.

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2 months ago

It was a bit of an adventure, it is a beautiful trail but unfortunately we got lost half way since the map on alltrails did not correspond with reality, so we scrambled up a wet and steep rocky hill. The right way is to take a LEFT once you see a sign called "Whiskey Log Camp", although the trail map says that you should continue for a while. The new path will at first sight seem to turn back the wrong way, but it will make a U-turn and take you in the right direction. The trail is longer than it seems too, we walked for 10.5 miles (incl. max 0.5 miles as a detour) into wild forest. Be sure to bring food, but leave no trace :) Some snow and wet ground in the far end of the trail, with a couple of trees to jump/climb over. But all in all, we were happy to challenge our legs in this long, nice hike!

2 months ago

anyone who's been there recently, are the puddles an issue driving up to the campground?

hiking
2 months ago

The snow is gone now (3/21/20). There are ac few places that you have to climb over logs, but not bad. One creek crossing.

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2 months ago

I’m in awe, I hiked trail today for Saint Patrick’s Day 2020. Was not expecting the amount of snow my son and I encountered but would not have changed a thing. The trail was white and beautiful. Use caution when driving up you will hit large ruts in the road approximately 1 mile from South Fork Camp ground. Small cars not advised. As for the trail the first creek crossing was absolutely no problem . However you will find approximately three down trees across the trail. I would still consider this trail as moderate. Also loved the drive up to Three Rivers Ca. I have always loved the quaint atmosphere of the small mountain town. John Harris and Payton Harris Hanford Ca

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3 months ago

Did this in late February. Did it as a day hike from Fresno. This is an interesting low elevation trail. The South Fork of the Kaweah is really steep and beautiful. The ladybugs were really fantastic to see. Although the mile of the road was rough, I've seen a lot worse. This is a hike I want to do again

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3 months ago

The surroundings are rustic, lush and like a hug. The last half-mile of the road up is the only difficult part of the “off-road” drive. Several ruts and some holes will mandate all wheel drive or 4x4, otherwise, careful choice of your line will get most vehicles to the trailhead. Was unable to complete the hike due to time constraints but will update this gorgeous trail when I am able to complete it! Incidentally, the campsites were refreshingly clean And I saw no signs of squatters or anyone living there.

recorded Ladybug Camp Trail

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

Stayed at the Whiskey Log camp Super beautiful trial in sequoia at low elevation with views of South Fork river all along the way Some massive sequoias about 3/4 way in! Very rocky and unpaved road 3 miles to trailhead Lots of bugs and beginning of trail but once we got to camp there were none! Saw a bear walking toward us about halfway through camp Very easily scared it off by yelling “HEY BEAR” be bear aware and PACK OUT ALL YOUR TRASH!

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8 months ago

The road to get there is terrible! So many bugs! Not worth the time to get there.

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8 months ago

way more difficult then expected

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over grown
8 months ago

We backpacked this last weekend, camped at Ladybug camp before hiking more. The site is beautiful, the water is running, the scenery is beautiful, but the bugs were crazy this time. I've done this before (in the spring) and the swarm is normally not this bad. we had deet, picardin, and a Thermacell. when we turned on the Thermacell the swarm finally started to disperse, but with the combo of heat and the bugs I will not be doing this trail this time of year again.

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10 months ago

Great hike with shade for 75% of the hike. We saw 1 person the entire hike which was amazing, the forrest was all ours and on 4th of July weekend that isn’t easy. There are bugs which isn’t the most fun but I have seen way worse. All in all great hike with nice views and waterfalls. You can even dip your toes in the water at the end which is a great way to celebrate making it to the Galway point.

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10 months ago

good hike. Bring bug spray as there are a lot of mosquitos. Keep an eye out for wildlife. this weekend i came across a mountain lion 1/2 mile into the hike as it was walking down the trail. it ran off as soon as it saw me. there are also rattle snakes and bears in the area. beautiful places to see and well worth the time. take a vehicle with a bit of clearance, the road gets a little rough.

backpacking
11 months ago

A very nice beginner trail for anyone getting into backpacking. Getting to the camp took an hour there and took about 40 minutes to get back down. While there I was able to catch two brown trout. The campground has thousands of ladybugs, you couldn’t go five seconds without one hitting you! Watch out for mosquitoes, ticks, and bears! We encountered one bear on the trail while walking down but where able to scare it off.

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11 months ago

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate) Duration: 6hrs (3.5 hrs up, 2.5 hrs down), started at 2pm, arrived 5:30 pm, left 6:30am, 9:00am back at parking Distance: ~10 miles Parking: trailhead parking lot, fill out permit at trailhead (no cost), technically inside Sequoia NF but via Three Rivers, not through main entrance, two lane to one lane asphalt to dirt road (minor ruts and medium rocks), passable in our Toyota Corolla, lower clearance would not pass. Go past small campground to trailhead parking. Views: 7/10; southern views of Sequoia NF granite faced mountains (not visible from Sequoia NF), southwest towards San Joaquin Valley Incline: pretty steady incline (steeper in a few spots) Technical: dirt footpath, overgrown with grasses but easily passible upper half, couple meadows and two stream crossings, a few small water crossings. Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), north face hiking pants, Underarmor T-shirt, full pack (30lb), bug baffler netting (best investment), insect repellent, bear spray, sports air horn Weather: 70s to 50s overnight , sunny then cloudy in evening, clear skies in the morning Shade: over half of the way, open sections like meadows Environment: forest and meadow, several Sequoia trees and wildflowers, Kaweah river tributaries (very fast white water) Wildlife: birds, lizards, Sierra Newt (salamander - careful where you step), 1 CA black bear (recommend carrying sports air horn and bear spray) Bugs: gnats, flies, mosquitoes, ladybugs Details: dirt paths, upper sections less maintained, follows river for most of the way. River (at this writing) was loud white noise. About a mile from the end, heard/saw a black bear ~200 ft uphill, blew air horn and it ran uphill away, did not see any more. Saw 6 Sierra Newts (salamander) in the morning coming back down, none going up. Slipped in the last stream crossing and bear spray fell out of my pack and discharged on my left side between my pack and back. It’s similar to pepper spray so my left back and shoulder felt like bad sunburn. Wore off mostly in a couple hours, totally gone next morning. If not for that, great trip. TIPs: great views on the way up, forest at whiskey log camp (saw three camping areas, upstream from each other). The river was fast and loud white noise. Extremely dangerous to enter. Be bear prepared (just in case) PROS: good workout and great views, newts CONS: loud river, if that bothers you LESSONS LEARNED: Use bear spray safety plastic insert if not actively holding bear spray to avoid accidental discharge. Can’t say enough about the bug baffler netting, it’s a must have for any insects. Scott H (aka Swiper)

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