Seven Teacups Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Seven Teacups Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fairview, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles
1286 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




over grown



Seven Teacups is a short section of Dry Meadow Creek just before it joins the Kern River. The canyon is mostly used for canyoneering but the upper pools are accessible without gear. This canyon is best visited in summer or fall, or whenever the flow is not extremely high as there are flow-related challenges. The majority of the hike is on the relatively flat "River Trail", with the finish being quite scrambly up the Dry Meadow Creek. Follow the tips and be safe.

1 month ago

I give this trail only three stars because according to the map, you cross the river, about two+ miles up the trail, I figured there must be a bridge, but there is no way to cross. I was disappointed because we were unable to get to the cups. Am I missing something??

1 month ago

2 months ago

Go 1.4 miles past the bridge to enter from the top. Not easy and it's extremely easy to get lost. If you hike from the bridge to the bottom of the cups, it's not difficult.

The water is WAY too high to get in as of April 23, 2017. You will not be able to see the cups unless you have gear and even then I wouldn't recommend it.

6 months ago

7 months ago

This is a very nice trail with a scrambly finish at the pools. Best to visit in the summer when you can swim in the pools. Bring canyoneering gear if available. Not for young children or anyone with unsure footing. Ford the river just past the Dry Meadow Creek runoff, and right before a sandy campsite where someone is at quite often (found some grill equipment near and a bbq with gas still hooked up). Climb the hill where the gpx follows as anywhere else is quite dangerous.