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White Chief Canyon Trail

HARD 21 reviews
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White Chief Canyon Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,230 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, serene trail. After the first steep section the trail levels out, and it makes for a moderate day hike. Bugs weren’t bad and because of the elevation it was nice and cool. Spectacular views of the mountains or the canyon the whole way and plenty of beautiful foliage. At the end there is a waterfall and another trail/rock scramble that continues up toward the lake and old mine. Only saw three other groups all day. Took ~4 hours with lots of picture taking, a leisurely lunch, and the added rock scramble at the end. One of my favorites in Sequoia so far.

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bugs
rocky
snow
4 months ago

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5 months ago

Just did this trail on July 10th 2019. beautiful. The trail head on mineral king road had many cars tarped due to marmot activity. The beginning of the trail closely follows the river and has 2 very safe water crossings. The beginning of the trail is relatively easy and has relaxing views. after the 1 mile when you reach the junction sign to climb up to white chief, the trail becomes very steep and challenging due to the incline. there is no real rock scrambling, and the trail is very well maintained. The best part is that it is a steady uphill crawl laterally on the side of a mountain with the mineral king valley on your left the whole way. it is so nice not to have ANY switchbacks. when you reach the top of the mountain there is a rocky outcrop and plateau with a nice view. many redwoods up there. Follow the trail around to the left and it opens up into white chief canyon. The view in this canyon is the best I have ever seen. Immaculate. There is some snow, but not where you are walking. many marmots running around and little streams. It is a paradise up there in the canyon, come prepared to spend about 45 mins or so hanging out in the area. This trail took 2 hours to get to the top and just over an hour to get back down. reccomend taking your time as it is beautiful at the top. We will definitely hike this again. No wildlife spotted on trail other than marmots. Great hike if you are staying off mineral king road.

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

great day hike! can be hard with the elevation climb but beautiful views and amazing history. there is a beautiful waterfall and some cool mines. starts hard but easy at the end.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

Great views and today the ice is still a cave at the end :) . Hard hike after 1st mile as you pass fork. Its steep from the fork until old cabin. Awesome Hike for newbies.

Tue Jun 05 2018

An amazing trail, a pleasant surprise to find a snow cave cutout by the runoff.

Sun Sep 10 2017

I've hiked this trail twice. Once in July and another time Labor Day weekend. It is a beautiful hike but even more so in July when everything is greener.

backpacking
Fri Aug 25 2017

Nice hike with great views and interesting history

hiking
Sun Jul 30 2017

Hard but fun,very beautiful scenery the whole time !

Tue Jul 18 2017

My favorite trail up there, diverse scenery

hiking
Mon Sep 12 2016

Very nice scenery the entire hike and we saw no one while we were on the trail.

backpacking
Mon Jun 13 2016

Awesome experience!

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Sun Oct 07 2018

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Sun May 01 2016

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Sun Oct 18 2015