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Redwood Canyon Sugar Bowl Trail

MODERATE 119 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,185 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
bugs
18 days ago

The trail was nice, complete with a couple of beautiful mountain range views and tons of giant sequoia. The only major negative was the bugs. They were non-stop the entire time. With bug spray it would have been fine — come prepared and you’ll love it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and peaceful trail. Not many people this time of the year. Really enjoyed it.

Trail was great! If you would like to see the most giant sequoia’s, this is the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy. Start early

hiking
3 months ago

good workout, diverse landscape. beautiful creek

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Beautiful sights, an amazing workout. Got stung by a wasp on mile 6, lots of mosquitos so bring bug spray and bathe it in! It started to get hotter/ humid the longer we took. Nonetheless it was a super fun hike. But by mile 8, I was somewhat over the experience and just wanted to finish. Hardest part was the climb to the parking lot!

camping
4 months ago

This is a beautiful loop trail. We took the Hart’s tree trail first and, after a dip in the creek, hiked up to the sugar bowl where we camped overnight. Both sides of the loop are beautiful, lots of sequoias and wild flowers but if you have to chose one, I would recommend the sugar bowl loop. Lots of mosquitoes amongst the sequoias but ok in the more open areas. The climb is not bad, it was very hot when we were there so we rested at the trail junction

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Really green this time of year. Definitely recommend the counter clockwise direction as the west side of the canyon is definitely a stepper ascent. Lots of big trees and wildflowers.

hiking
4 months ago

nice fresh air. good up and down trails all around. beautiful big trees.

hiking
5 months ago

Lightly trafficked trail. Wildflowers are everywhere. There are a lot of Sequoias and plenty of views. A few creek crossings makes it fun. Well shaded. I went counterclockwise and enjoyed the intervals of up and down at the end. Doing it clockwise and hitting that big uphill at the end would be tough. A hidden little gem of a trail I’d go again.

hiking
off trail
washed out
6 months ago

Many downed Sequoia and Redwood trees on the trail. Parts of this trail have runoff from snow melt so you will be following the stream of water before you see dry trail again.

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

Early May. Lots of downfall on the ground made it hard to find the path occasionally. But overall a challenging but very rewarding hike.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike - sequoias are impressive and there are some gorgeous views of the valley. Did this hike in April 2019 and deciduous trees were still bare. Small patches of snow, but overall dry. Also, if you are driving down to trailhead from main road (Generals Highway), there are some large fallen trees on the road which haven’t been removed yet (as for 4/27/2019) and is impassible even for a 4x4.

hiking
9 months ago

Do I need a backpacking permit to do this loop?

hiking
Thu Nov 08 2018

Love this area! I started the Sugar Bowl loop and then finished on the Hart Tree side for the longer 10 mile hike. I'm glad I went this direction but would like to try it in reverse sometime. Both sides offer excellent views and the hiking is not too difficult. I highly recommend doing this hike in the fall, the dogwood trees are stunning this time of year! The drive down to the trailhead is just a gravel road, you shouldn't have any trouble getting down there unless it's snowy. Totally worth your time to enjoy the giants on these trails!

hiking
Tue Oct 30 2018

We hiked this trail on a very cloudy day. This didn't give us the opportunity for many views, but it was very awesome to be in such dense fog the whole way. The hike is not difficult by any stretch, but has some sloping sections. We never did find the Fallen Goliath, but the other destinations on the loop were quite interesting. The road to the trailhead is not paved, but we did it with no problem in a Corolla. They are currently in the process of putting new gravel down, making the road even more manageable. Overall would recommend as a good hike near the Grant Grove area of the park.

Sun Jul 15 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

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.

Wed May 30 2018

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.

Fri May 04 2018

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

running
Sun Apr 15 2018

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.

Fri Mar 30 2018

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.

hiking
Tue Oct 10 2017

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.

backpacking
Tue Oct 03 2017

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.

backpacking
Mon Jul 10 2017

Amazing !!!

backpacking
Mon Jul 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 :)

Tue Jun 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.

backpacking
Fri Jun 16 2017

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

Fri Jun 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 total..next 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.

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