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Tokopah Falls via Tokopah Valley Trail

MODERATE 399 reviews
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Tokopah Falls via Tokopah Valley Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 639 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Like Yosemite Valley, Tokopah Valley was shaped by a glacier. This trail leads you under the canopy of pines and firs as you pass an occasional meadow and creek-crossings with a rewarding waterfall at the end.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

This is an enjoyable hike. The downside is the amount of other people there. It starts just next to a large camping area and even larger parking lot. There’s bathrooms and a water bottle full station at the lot. The forest hike is low level difficulty with so beautiful wildlife. It runs parallel to the fall’s creek. With some stone stairs here and there. A few tiny springs and some small wood plank bridges. There’s a couple deviations off the main trail to the creek where you could cool off or some people fish. Once you break the forest line it’s all rock and there’s a lot of it. The shade is mostly gone but there are some cool spots where rock covers you and some tiny caves blowing cold air. Once you reach the summit, it’s not so easy to climb down into the small rocky pools but it’s gratifying if you do. We found a rock with some shade and stuck our legs in the water and had a snack. Bring water, we brought a liter and that wasn’t enough.

hiking
3 days ago

By far one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. This trail is very easy and the views are that of postcards.

Easy out and bank with a bit of incline and a rocky scramble at the falls. Be alert on the trail - we spotted two bears.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike today with my daughter! Hard to believe that in the middle of August we are seeing so many wildflowers! Beautiful falls and had a deer leap across the trail right in front of us on our hike back! Ended up being about 5 mi if you park at the visitor center, totally worth it!!

absolutely amazing. went off trail a little bit to go swimming and definitely worth it. the water was cold but felt great

Great hike along the river to the foot of the falls, which is really a series of cascades. Good trail variety and well maintained.

hiking
15 days ago

Spectacular pay off for limited effort. Go early before the crowds, gradual uphill the whole way. Water is very cold but so clear, can swim at the falls and jump off the rocks if water is high enough.

hiking
18 days ago

This trail feels a bit long. Last 10min of the trail there is no shade at all so wear sunscreen. Overall the trail is beautiful with lots of scenery by the river side. A definite must see if you're in Sequoia.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy hike about 3.5 miles long with beautiful scenery the whole way. I was only in regular sneakers, but didn't need anything more. Several smaller waterfalls along the trail.

Loved this trail! A quick 4 miler with beautiful views around every corner.

hiking
22 days ago

Pretty easy trail, until you get to the ending part, nothing super hard to go across, there were people of all ages on this hike. Beautiful views once you make it to the ending. We did this hike in August of 2018 and plan to do it again this next weekend. Bring lunch or snacks because once you make it there you will not want to leave! Saw a mama bear with 3 bear cubs. There was a moderate amount of people on this trail but nothing too crazy

hiking
23 days ago

easy, gorgeous waterfall trail.

hiking
25 days ago

We took the shuttle up to the Lodgepole Campground. This was a nice hike with plenty of river access and shade on the way. Once at the top, there was a marmot who was definitely accustomed to humans.

hiking
28 days ago

Been here four times and all four times saw bears one was actually about 10 feet away did not see it behind the tree! It’s a beautiful calming trail.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in this area. Beautiful views the whole way. The Lodgepole campground looks really nice too. Some areas nice for swimming or dipping your feet in. We saw both marmots and pikas. Kid friendly

hiking
1 month ago

Get there early to find parking and beat the crowds on the trail. The hike up was pleasant, nice gradual climb. With the amount of snow/rain this year, parts of the trail were damaged or water was still crossing over/on. Had to rock hop to get through, nothing major. Saw a bear near the start, so keep an eye out for wildlife. You can see the entire falls prior to the trail end. Once at the trail end you can only see the base. Still a great view regardless. There is no shade at the falls, it is fully exposed. Various places along the way to take a rest under the trees or along the river edge.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!!!! This hike was an incredible gem to hike amongst being in Sequoia National Park! I had done my research prior to coming out to the park and read to check out the trail. I am so happy I did. It was absolutely incredible! The views were so astounding. I look forward to getting out here to see the falls again. I also saw many families but not in a bad way it was nice to see them all enjoying nature. So I'd say it is a family friendly trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This by far was our favorite trail to hike! With kids ages 9 to 12, it was easy for them and a lot of "swimming" spots along the river. The waterfall at the end was so worth the hike. Next time we will be bringing lunch to enjoy next to the waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for all abilities, lots of spots to take a break if needed and several places where you can go down near the river to dip your feet in. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little up and back hike. It is in a highly populated area of the park with the trailhead starting just passed the campground entrance. But if you would like to get out and do a nice little hike I would do it during the week. After you reach the top of the trail it’s worth it to find a calm spot along the river on the way down, to sit and enjoy the park. This is a highly trafficked hike in my opinion, you will either be passing or being passed almost the entire trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Super crowded. A popular hike for people that don't normally hike. My friend and I did it as a way to stretch our legs. Skip the congestion at the end and jump off the trail in the boulder field for the best view of the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Many descriptions say this trail is flat. It isn’t flat, following a gradual uphill slope the whole way to the falls. There are a few big steps but this heavily trafficked trail is very do-able. It is stunning with views of rock walls, meadows and a few creek crossings.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful. The wildflowers, wildlife and river were beautiful and scenic. The waterfall at the end was incredible, not to forget the view of the valley that was offered. Pack a picnic and enjoy at the falls.

Very scenic simple hike, bring food so you can rest on the rocks and enjoy lunch next to the waterfall

1 month ago

this wad such a great hike! few parts were a tad muddy, but nothing not manageable! we loved every moment of this hike, the water was just roaring and the hike follows the river. highly recommend this hike! we saw all ages out there as well, good family hike!

1 month ago

this wad such a great hike! few parts were a tad muddy, but nothing not manageable! we loved every moment of this hike, the water was just roaring and the hike follows the river. highly recommend this hike! we saw all ages out there as well, good family hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed the hike yesterday. It was beautiful along the river. Just a couple creeks that you have to cross that may get your feet wet. Waterfall is in full force and is beautiful.

A beautiful hike. The whole trail is by the river side, and ends up with a beautiful view of the stunning waterfall. Actually, it was a little bit surprising to find such an easy hike (short trail with a low elevation gain) that leads to this magnificent views. Wildlife is thriving here, I met a guy who claims a bear encounter by the trail! So, take care and enjoy. I wish I could see a bear one day. Some tiny segments of the route are flooded, but it is still manageable. It’s better to prepare yourself with a pair of waterproof hiking boots.

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