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Sequoia Lake Overlook via North Grove and Dead Giant Loop Trail

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Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia Lake Overlook via North Grove and Dead Giant Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dunlap, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 449 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
4 days ago

Fairly easy hike with 2 of my daughters. My 10 year old had no trouble with it. A turn for Dead Giant wasn’t too well marked but we didn’t have to backtrack too much to find the right trail. Lots of giant sequoias to appreciate. Lots of birds and wildflowers to look at. No one else was on the trail with us so we could take off the masks for a bit.

hiking
bugs
17 days ago

See the General Grant tree next door just so you can say you did but then do this loop and really enjoy the experience. Trees are just as impressive as in the grove next door but with almost no one around. You can walk up and touch some of the trees. The loop I did was 1.9 miles so is slightly different than that mapped here. A map at the trail head will provide details of the various loops one can take. Yes, you do start by going down into the grove and then must walk up, but the trees are worth it. Only downside is the trail is slightly overgrown in parts and some standing water means mosquitoes in parts.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

This isn’t my favorite hike style. This is a loop that descends before it ascends. It was very pretty on a warming winter day. Some ice and snow on the trail but snowshoes or crampons were not necessary. And definitely not enough snow to ski. Very similar to Tuolumne Grove Trail in Yosemite. But with less people!

3/5 stars just because this trail felt like the same, but less magnificent than an average hike in Sequoia Ntl Park (that we hiked in the same morning). The trail was REALLY well maintained by previous snowshoers & skiers. Kings Canyon Ntl Park’s official “winter hiking trails” map ($1.99) was 100% useless in that it didn’t accurately represent -!) of the winter trails - this was supposed to be the winter version of the “General Grant Trail”. Ask a Ranger in the Azalea campground/General Grant parking lot & they’ll give you an excellent breakdown of signage to follow to stay on the trail in the winter conditions. We needed to use our snowshoes for this hike, our crampons didn’t provide enough flotation!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Everyone should see the giant sequoias!

hiking
8 months ago

Solitary hike through some stands of large sequoias as well as some burned areas. Fairly easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice and easy trail. Much better than the General Grant loop. You can see massive trees which are not behind a fence. The grove burnt some times ago and most of the small trees are dead in some areas but the bigger ones are still alive. A must go if you are in the Grant grove area.

hiking
9 months ago

A great example of rebirth following death by (Rough) fire. Lovely giant sequioa groves in fern meadows contrasted by the destruction from the Rough Fire. However, in the burned out areas next to surviving giants are hundreds (if not thousands) of young sequioa seedlings. It's an honor to stroll amongst ancient giants at sunrise.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike with similar trees. Trail head says 1.7 miles.

hiking
off trail
10 months ago

We tried to do this near sunset when we arrived in the park, but there is a split on the north side that is not well marked so we ended up on a horse trail that we hiked for a mile or so before turning around because it was getting dark. Beautiful scenery, but could use some more signage.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a nice little trail I did to finish the evening. I would rate it more like moderate. I usually drop by the General Grant grove for a quick walk before leaving the park but it was so crowded and I remember seeing this trail the previous time but it was already getting dark. So I decided to hit this trail instead of the crowded General Grant. What a great choice there was no one on the trail which is much longer and nicer with meadows plants and flowers with equally impressive Giant Sequoias. There was alot of Sequoias probably more than in the Grant grove and the trail took you to the fallen giant a fallen Sequoia in a meadow that with some effort you can walk across it making it a better experience. This was way better than the same old Grant grove and nobody knows about it cause everyone visits the Grant grove only.

hiking
11 months ago

We were able to walk this trail with no one else around. After visiting the General Grant tree, where there were more than enough people, this was a nice quiet hike.

recorded North Grove Loop Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Great family hike. Kid friendly. Just enough to get a good workout.

hiking
Tue Jun 25 2019

An easy way to see the giant sequoias a little deeper into the forest. The trail is pretty boring though.

hiking
Fri May 03 2019

The Dead Giant trail is accessible by the sunset trail. The sunset trail is a paved road and is downhill to the dead giant trail. There is a great view of Sequoia Lake on the dead giant trail. I was here in early May and there was still a little snow on the ground. The trail had lots of fallen trees and branches. It felt like I was off trail at times. Hopefully it gets cleaned up by the forest service.

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

A great Trail for an easy workout... Snowshoes recommended. But I wore hiking boots.... trekking poles would be good too. Still...nothing like hiking through the snow in the sequoias or nobody's back there. it feels like you're the only one. Creek isn't running hard it was easy to Ford.. I peeled off at dead giant Loop to check out Sequoia Lake Overlook. Beautiful day in the mountains

hiking
Sun Nov 11 2018

No one on the hike - solid redwoods.

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

A little more strenuous than I planned on, but beautiful hike. Cool trees and some interesting burn damage.

hiking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Easy fun trail, cool payoff with a view of sequoia lake

hiking
Sat Nov 25 2017

easy hike to do in a few hours. make sure you get to the sequioa lake overlook point. awesome!

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

Was able to do the trail with my niece and nephew. Good morning outside!

Wed Jun 14 2017

Nice

hiking
Wed Mar 15 2017

I've been down this old road too. A lot less people than other groves in the park. Kinda nice and quiet the morning I did it. Lots of big trees other than the sequoias too. It's easy enough for anyone for the most part.

hiking
Sun Jun 05 2016

Really fun and easy hike. Quite a bit of damage from the 2015 fire. We were alone with the Giants for most of the hike.

hiking
Mon Jun 24 2013

A nice quiet walk in a grove of sequoias. It is mostly on old logging roads and easy to follow. I think they may also allow horses on it. It is lightly travelled so you can actually get away from some of the crowds.

hiking
Mon May 13 2013

Great trail in the winter for cross country skiing. We hiked the trail which had snow drifts anywhere from 6"-8" in sections. A great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy some big trees.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
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