Sequoia Trail

EASY 122 reviews

Sequoia Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
554 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

old growth

no dogs

Park at the Jay Campground Parking area

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful redwood trees and groves throughout the trail. Very easy except for one small section where elevation gains and gets your heart pumping (assuming you start at the designated trail head). Waterfall was quite small. Saw one giant redwood tree which was fantastic. We hiked just before sunset so it was quite cool and fully shaded.

19 days ago

Great trail with waterfall point but alot if trail follows nearby campsite roads

walking
1 month ago

The trail is clearly marked, it has 2-3 more difficult areas but overall it is an easy train.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, but I would not consider this easy. We were told that it would be flat and good for kids, but it is decidedly not flat and far too long for our 3.5-year-old to walk on his own. Sure, there are flat stretches, but mostly it is up and down (not too strenuous) and lots of roots to walk over. The first half runs along a road, which, although not heavily trafficked, was kind of a disappointment and didn't feel secluded. The second half runs away from the road, which is better. Bottom line: If you have little kids, I would avoid this trail. Otherwise, it should be ok for most skill levels (except the one major uphill portion - see below). Here are some pros and cons overall:

PROS:
--Beautiful old growth trees
--Mostly shaded, so nice and cool; back half gets a little sun exposure
--Nice waterfall halfway (we were there in Oct, so it was at a low point)
--Totally doable for most adult skill levels

CONS:
--First half runs along a road. It's not heavily trafficked, but it gives a sense of not being very secluded.
--Not flat, as advertised. NOT suitable for young (under 5) kids. Just too long.
--There is a MAJOR uphill climb about halfway through, where the trail forces you to walk up a steep rock face to join up with the rest of the trail. With a toddler in tow and a baby in a backpack, it was quite strenuous. The trail evens out again once you're up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike perfect for kids.

2 months ago

Easy hike to Sempervirens falls however the trail is alongside the road so not too secluded. We took Shadowbrook trail to loop back.

2 months ago

The trees are beautiful and the waterfall is well worth the hike. However, I would not consider this trail easy. If you plan on doing the entire Sequoia Loop be prepared for elevation change, many hills and follow your map carefully as there are missing landmarks on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great time

4 months ago

Looking forward to hiking here

hiking
5 months ago

The skyline to the sea trail was good, but a little bit hard than sequoia trail. I don't like Sequoia trail, just a little bit upper than drive way, not like a trail

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy trail with plenty of shade in the hot weather. Looking for banana slugs was probably my favorite part of this hike, otherwise it was a little lackluster. I was hoping to see a larger waterfall (Sempervirens Falls), and more than just redwoods. Although, that is not to say the redwoods weren't incredible on their own. Would have opted to do the Berry Falls trail but part of it is still closed. Great trail for beginners however.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I like this trail because it has lots of shade and you can isolate yourself from the busy world into these tall redwood trees. You can stop by a fall on the way on this trail by the way.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is nice and well shaded. And Sempervirens falls detour is worth it. When we went there in March, it started hailing unexpectedly. For the most part, it runs along the road which sort of kills the whole being in the wild forest. The trail is rugged but really easy.

7 months ago

Moderate. Falls can be accessed by road if you want to skip hiking.

9 months ago

was a great hike...all took about 3-4 hrs.
my only thing was most of the hike about the first 2hrs was a trail running along a road. we were able to see cars and people walking while on the trail...that kinda took the whole "in the wild" feel away at first...but the second half of the hike was really in the woods...when I hike I don't like to see a road..just woods...but overall was beautiful and recommend doing it.

hiking
9 months ago

Great short trail, perfect for an afternoon hiking with my young son. Note the trail is 4 miles for the the loop, not 7.8 listed by AllTrails. Here's a few prominent features to look out for if you are hiking counterclockwise.

1) A little after 1.5 miles in, you'll have an opportunity to take a detour off the trail to see Sempervirens Falls. The detour is so short that it is definitely worth it.

2) Right after you visit Sempervirens Falls you'll encounter a quarter-mile section where you gain about 400 feet by walking up a steep granite face. If there's any moisture this will be very slippery. Wear good shoes, or try to stay on the dirt as much as possible.

3) At about the 3.6 mile mark, you'll encounter a fork. You'll need to cross the stream and follow the path to 'Skyline to the Sea Trail' which you'll take south, the other path also leads to the starting location but is far less interesting. Alternatively if you're with a tired little one, follow the road south instead of crossing the stream for a quick walk back to the visitor center.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely trail! A bit muddy, but still passable.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy trail. It's a short walk to the waterfall, you can even drive there if you wanted to. The trails are marked well and the forest is shady and gorgeous

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