Redwood Canyon Sugar Bowl Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews

Redwood Canyon Sugar Bowl Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

10.9 miles
2,185 feet



nature trips





wild flowers

no dogs

Redwood Canyon, located near Grant Grove Village in Kings Canyon National Park, CA, provides three loop trails of 6.4, 6.5, and 10 miles. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

2 months ago

LOVE this trail. From the burned forest to the sunny stretches to the riverside—lots of diversity in terrain.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, especially in the redwood groves. Started at 0730, even then it was pretty warm at the finish. Lots of pretty creeks, saw 3 deer, and of course, the magnificent redwoods. Many flying bugs, but we didn't get bit by mosquitos. We have hike both directions, from the Hart Trail and the Sugarbowl trail. I think I prefer to go counterclockwise, beginning on the Sugarbowl trail, gets more of the elevation done early in the hike.

3 months ago

The hike itself was great. Not much sight seeing unless you’re into history of the trees. There was however, cool humongous trees to walk through and climb.

4 months ago

It’s so gorgeous there !!!!! Loved loved loved it!!!!!!

trail running
5 months ago

Great hike through forests, creeks and some excellent mountain views from the Sugar Bowl Trail ridge. I had done the Hart Tree Loop a few times, and decided to do the full 10 mile loop today.

No more snow on the trail as of today, but still some occasional fallen trees and debris that require light scrambling to get over. The dirt road to the trail head had some bumpy spots, but no muddy "bogs" that risked my compact SUV (2 wheel drive) getting stuck.

In the spring the crowd was fairly light. I'm sure in the summer it will get much busier. The only downside is that the drought from years past has left its mark of dead/dying trees (esp. on the Eastern/Hart side) that don't fully "brighten" up the landscape. But still very beautiful.

5 months ago

Ok so people!!!! Here is some advice that no one has shared, the road when out of season about 3 miles before trail head is completely unkept, big fallen trees, washed out trail. You have to have a 4x4 vehicle with atleast all terrain tires. I stopped and hiked the 3 miles of road just to get to the trail. Also the trail has some really hard spots that were covered by 1-2 feet of snow. That can make your life miserable. This was a HARD trail when you add fighting through the snow. Otherwise amazing views and awesome air quality! Nice break from the air in the valley.

11 months ago

Stunning hike. Was tired by the end but a very good tired. Saw only a handful of people until I reached the Sugar Bowl. Spectacular views everywhere you look. Would do this hike again anytime.

11 months ago

Good place for an easy backpack. There are a couple of streams for water and lots of shade. The forest floor has a lot of sticks on it so finding a campsite took some looking.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazing !!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very beautiful trail! I would definitely say that this is a "moderate" trail, not too easy but not difficult either. Perfect for those who want to see the nice scenery and get a nice walk going. We took Hart trail and looped around to the Sugarbowl trail. Definitely bring a headwrap or a scarf because there are tons and tons of mosquitoes and other bugs flying around! Start early to give yourself enough time to stop and enjoy the scenery and take photos :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Have you seen huge trees before? No .. no you haven't. After this hike you can say yes. Pretty sure these trees are pumped with roids.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Great hiking with tons of huge trees and amazing views. A must do if you are in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park.

Friday, June 09, 2017

hiked the whole loop 6-8-17....nice day mid 70s. great views lots of wild flowers and I just never get enough of the trees they are just awesome. it's a great moderate hike. map says 10 miles but there is another part to it that adds another 3 miles. we started on the sugar bowl trail which is up hill from the start and came out on the hart tree trail 13 miles time I think I will start the hart tree side first so it's downhill on the last stretch instead of climbing from the beginning then agian comeing out.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hiked this today (5/6) and the weather was much less than desirable (33 when we finished). Parked at quail flats and walked about 2 miles down the road to the trailhead as a park ranger told us to do-- conditions were totally safe to park at the trailhead though. We hiked an additional 3 miles crossed a stream and kind of seemed to lose the trail. There are some signs but not tons. There was a lot of fog which was beautiful but lacked sunshine

The tress are gorgeous!

Easy hike down and the hike up is moderate-- pretty much making up the elevation the whole time! I'm an avid crossfitter and in pretty good shape and the hike up was a solid moderate:)

Tip: in kings canyon and sequoia you are at elevation--- water water water! And prepare for it to be chilly!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Beautiful, peaceful forest hike, nothing too steep. Incredible, ancient sequoias of course! Surprised this late in the year that the 2-mile dirt road was clear

Sunday, July 03, 2016

closed due to prescribed fire

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Monday, January 04, 2016

It's like heaven fell onto the earth. Mostly shaded trails, well broken in and quite easy honestly. You walk on soft pine needles. Plenty of giant boulders. One of the best hikes of my life.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

This is a great day hike with a few points of interest and some rad Sequoia groves. We did the Hart Tree part of the loop before hiking back to the parking area using the Redwood Creek trail. The 6.5 mile loop took us about 3 hours at a pretty casual pace. Next time we'll plan for a little more time and complete the entire Redwood Mountain Loop.

Monday, July 27, 2015

It was nice. Mostly shaded trails. The trail was a bit more then easy. I would rate as medium. Lots of ladybugs by the creek about half way in the loop. The dirt road to the parking area was bumpy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My wife and i completed this trail on Sunday 01/25/2015. The trail was beautiful. Lots of sequoias, some small creaks, and LOTS of lady bugs. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Sunday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There are 16 miles of trails starting here but we did the 6.4 miles of Sugar Bowl loop. I particularly enjoyed the first half that takes you uphill through groves of Sequoias. There's an overlook of Big Baldy which was alright, before descending into the canyon. The rest if the hike was ok with some Sequoias here and there. The drive to the trailhead was a bumpy 10 min dirt road from the main hwy with quite a few nice looking sequoias along the way. No cell reception so beware. Came across a young Rattler on the trail. Great hike.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I just loved it !!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I did one of these trails "can't recall which one" it's very nice... but coming up was pretty difficult it was somewhat steep and plenty of lose rocks so watch your step

Sunday, July 29, 2012

This is a beautiful hike through Sequoia groves. About 5 miles from Grant Grove Village heading toward Sequoia NP on Generals Highway you will turn south and drive down a winding dirt road for about 2 miles to get to the trail. There are options for loops that vary from about 6.5 miles to over 10 miles. If you don't have time for the the entire hike enjoy a walk in then return the way you came. It's well worth it even if you don't choose to hike one of the loops. A magical forest without the crowds found on the more popular trails.

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