Seville Lake Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length12.9 miElevation gain2,276 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Kings Canyon National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Sabrina Pena
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Gareth Whatcott
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Nice loop. Pretty well defined and easy to follow. A bunch or downed trees on the trail but easy to go around.

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Brooks Curtis
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Brooks Curtis
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Sophia Rossier
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Great backpacking trail. Had the lake all to ourselves during the day. Lots of bugs at night. Some of the creeks are drying up but we had no issue getting enough with our water filter. We camped near Rowell meadow because we couldn’t get the camping permit for Seville lake in time for our trip. Great option if you don’t want to carry your heavy bag the whole way.

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Ian Logue
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First step outta the car is uphill, fairly gradual incline but no real rest for the first 2-3 miles. Pretty much cake from that point until the lake. The lake is absolutely beautiful, lots of trees, bugs weren't too bad but I brought spray just in case and that kept them off for good. a few campers milling around, looks like a great place to spend a night. Looks like they had two sites which were suitable for fires, and a few large bear boxes for all of the campgrounds to share. The first mile back to the trailhead is mostly flat or a slight decline, then there is an absolutely brutal climb in front of you for about a mile and a half. I stopped once for a quick break and by the time I finally reached the top I was gassed. From that point onwards is all downhill but at this point my legs were jelly and the last mile was a challenge to navigate for me. Definitely would have helped to bring poles for the elongated descent to end the hike. Lake water was perfectly warm enough for a swim (which I indulged in). 10/10 would reccomend this hike to serious hikers. Sidenote I brought between 2.5 and 3 liters of water and ended up drinking way more on the way back, after the tough ascent, than I did on the way there. Ran outta water completely with about a mile and a half to go. No Bueno

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Ian Logue
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Tucker Brown
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Patty R
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This hike is by far the most magical and memorable hike I have ever been on. What's so appealing about it, is the fact that it's off the beaten path so you won't run into the usual tourist hoards or inexperienced hikers; and because the road to get there is a rough one. We ran into maybe 3 groups and they were on their way back from the Lake. There were people camping by the lake but because it's big enough, we were far away and able to #responsiblyrecreate and #socialdistance. The hike starts at Rowell Meadow trail head. Keep in mind that the road to get to the trail head is paved up until the last 2 miles to get to the start of the trail. If you have an AWD car then you shouldn't have a problem getting to this place. We took my BMW e46 but stopped halfway and parked the car on a turnout because we didn't want to risk a punctured tire or worse... Once you get to the parking area, the trail will be to the left of you. There's a metal box where you can sign in and write how many people are in your party (horses and dogs included) and then your off! The first 2 miles of the hike are somewhat rocky and rough. There's a cliff to right and the forest to your left, but the views are amazing. Once you get passed this portion the 3/4 of the rest of the way is relatively flat and takes you through the most magical and amazing scenery. You can't help but take a million pictures. Then the last 2.5 miles are all down hill which means that you start off going up hill on the way back (take small breaks!). This hike is lightly trafficked and most people who we encountered were backpacking and staying for the night as there are areas you can camp near the lake and there is also a bear box. Once you reach the lake, the backdrop literally takes your breath away. We managed to find a spot on a fall tree in the lake which could sustain my boyfriend and I's weight. You can swim, I didn't really swim...more like fell in...lol. But keep in mind the water is cold and you are at a higher altitude so be sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel. I highly recommend downloading the maps for this trail as sometimes you can lose sight of the trail. We encountered a couple of fallen trees on the trail along the way, and as silly as it sounds, it just takes deviating a little to get your self lost; and you're definitely in the middle of the wilderness out here. Although the this site states it's a 12 mile hike, it's more of a 13.5 to 14 mile hike, but it's worth it! It's easily doable as a day-hike; just be sure to leave super early and I recommend starting the hike no later than 9 am. On the way back we got caught in a thunderstorm so we had to book it before getting stuck in the middle of the forest in the rain. Most of it is in the shade, but be sure to bring at least 2-3 L of water per person and lots of snacks. I also recommend bringing a walking stick to help you in the harder parts as well as a something protect yourself from potential wildlife encounters. We didn't come into contact with any wildlife other than birds and chipmunks. High recommend! Loved this trail so much!

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Henry Nguyen
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Denice Delgado
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Hiked this trail on 7/10/20 from Sequoia High Sierra Camp. Starts off with some steep switchbacks and then levels off into a pleasant and beautiful hike, with some gradual inclines. The trail is well marked. When you make it to the boundary between Kings Forest and Sequoia Forest, things get more intense with about a mile or so of decline in a 2005 burn area, so little shade with lots of bugs (but some of the most diverse butterfly populations!). You’ll cross a stream and then have another mile to get to Seville Lake, which is gorgeous and secluded. Just you and the trout jumping. Though you can swim, we did not. The hike back was challenging as you immediately hike in the heat of the day gaining back that elevation you lost. So the three-ish miles from Seville Lake to the Forest boundary is HARD and hot. But after that point it’s a more steady walk back to the trailhead. We were the only people on the trail for all 13+ miles. Note: we did encounter a bear about 1/4 mile from the Rowell Meadows trailhead on the way back. Her and the cubs prints were covering our footprints from earlier and we came upon her from about 50 yds away. She let us know she was there with some grunting, and we quickly and quietly continued on our way.

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Chad Thomas
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Explore Kings Canyon
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Please Note:. The path you are given in All Trails is not accurate. Look at the Topo Map and compare it to the actual recording people have added here. You'll see the actual active path. It adds an additional 2-3 miles to the loop. I did this hike on August 18th 2018 and the day was very nice. There was probably about a mid-70s temperature. there is a place where the path intersects with the Joe Pass Trail where someone has stolen the signs helpful hiker or possibly park ranger has written on the posts which is useful but I suggest you use your alltrails app so you can tell where you are and which way to go. the actual Lake was completely devoid of human activity when I reached it at noon. during the whole hike I saw only two groups of people. As far as critters at the actual Lake, there were no mosquitoes at all which was very nice. There were three ducks that circled the perimeter of the lake looking for goodies to eat. And there were tons of dragonflies. There are a few bear boxes at the campsites. If you're doing the loop from the Rowell Meadow trailhead the return hike gets to be pretty rough because coming back from the lake after doing about 8 Mi you'll hit the hill that is very steep. The elevation increases as you climb for about a mile until you get to the junction of the park boundaries. you'll get gassed out. take plenty of water and frequent rest stops. the creeks and streams along the path are dry at this point but there are still a lot of butterflies and moths that flit about. I will give you some advice if you're coming from the road that leads to the Rowell Meadow trailhead that horse corral Road is very unkempt and it is not paved and there are many rocks and ruts. it was completely dry when I came down it in a passenger car but if there's any water in the area on that road it will turn into a mud nightmare!!!! do not attempt that road if it is wet, especially in a passenger car and I would strongly caution you even if you have a 4 wheel drive. on August 18th 2018 the trailhead road was closed at a certain location where a stream had washed out a drainage pipe and you had to park and then walk an additional maybe half mile to get to the Rowell Meadow staging trailhead. but by the time I finished my hike at 5 p. m. a backhoe had appeared at the trail area and had completely repaired the drainage pipe. I don't know if it's open yet but it looks like it should be very soon. check out my pics on this trail post.

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Robert Griffith
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Traveled to this lake via Twin lakes trail from Lodgepole campground. Was a beautiful lake and surrounding. In mid August of 2016, weather was perfect, not many skitos

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Conor Berry
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Great first time hike for an amateur backpacker

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Elizabeth Holliday
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Seville Lake is a beauty, and arriving there is to find it partially surrounded by huge, alpine formations with lines of trees growing in the glacial striations, the eye moving up, then back down to lotsa fish jumping. Might have to learn to fish! We started at Marvin's Pass, and hiked down down down through conifer forests to Comanche Meadow where we spent the first night. We heard a tree fall with a boom, and owls. Saw two bears foraging for bugs in a downed tree. Before going to Seville Lake we day-hiked a few miles down Sugarloaf Trail to see what that was like, then went back to camp for our gear. Followed Belle Canyon down to Seville Lake, which was a beautiful, lush forest trail along side a creek, filled with wildflowers - and - lots of mosquitoes. The trail we expected from the 2006 NatGeo map was not there which would have made the 3d leg of the triangular loop back to Marvin's Pass, so we backtracked to the Pond Meadow junction, and climbed back up until it flattened out again near Rowell Meadow. A lovely two night, three day hike at an easy pace. We'd go back to this lake again.

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Tucker Brown
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Tucker Brown
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Grace Brikmanis
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Stephanie Viray
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Qasim Anwar
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Kenny Imery
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Tucker Brown
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Henry Nguyen
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Patrick Houg
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Joseph Violetti
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Joseph Violetti
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Patrick Houg
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