Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Arnold with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Enormous! Long but worth the trek

Great cool morning for hike. We took our dog Jax along and really enjoyed the great colors and trees. It took us 2 hrs for hike to end of trail and back. Trees were very awesome

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9 days ago

Really nicely maintained trail with clear markers. Loved the Fall colors. Stunning view from Cougar Rock.

We did this and it is a beautifull trail!!! Trees are amazing. Very easy

A well marked trail leads from the parking lot to the South Grove. Late October gave us the added treat of beautiful autumn colors from the non-coniferous members of the forest. The free map handed out at the gatehouse includes an expanded cut out of the north and south groves, highlighting where some of the largest are. These trees have to be seen to appreciate how magnificent they are. We’ll be back.

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26 days ago

Beautiful time of year for this hike. Cool morning led to a great day. Trailhead decently marked with plenty of parking. Went on a Saturday and wasn’t crowded at all. Path was well traveled and a map was not needed. The quietness among these giants was awe inspiring. We did the north grove after this hike and it felt commercial in comparison.

You feel so small here
Humility takes over as you meander the trail through
Giant Sequoia Trees

Easy walk but great access to unbelievably beautiful and majestic trees.

Excellent trail!

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1 month ago

A nice hike from Cedar Center, also went up to the lookout and bushwhacked anong the ridge to the ART, and then went to Cougar Rock and back to Cedar Center for a total of 12.5 miles and almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful. The trees are magnificent and the trail is well compacted and easy. Good for kids.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

A nice easy hike with a moderate elevation gain. would be worth more stars if there were more open vistas. but it's a nice walk in the woods. few flying bugs but didn't need mosquito repellent. we did about 6 miles total out and back in a little over 2 hrs. finished off by heading down to the creek at the bottom, a good place for a picnic, then back via the logging museum, which was very interesting.

On a Saturday, I expected it to be BUSY! But to my surprise, much of the time, we had the trail to ourselves. Easy terrain that is well maintained. The surroundings are beautiful and humbling. We arrived at 9:15 and by the time we were done, it was just starting to get busy.

great trail, lots to see, moderate trail, scenery was gorgeous. spent it with my love, so fun.

Decent trail. you definitely get more bang for your buck on the north grove trail, but this one does offer fewer crowds. we carried a 2 month old and 2 year old the whole way and did ok. Creek near the trailhead is very kid friendly.

Great place to see the big trees. My two years old did more then half of this awesome trial.

Light traffic, gorgeous trail and Sequoias.

It was a nice trek. Less crowd then the north grove

Wow, you have to see the big trees to take in their enormity. Breathtaking! Great hike, take your bug spray.

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3 months ago

Smoke shortened the hike and ruined the views, but was great otherwise. Be careful - very easy to get messed up with many unmarked trails crossing.

Great walking tour with Mary Ann.

Short, easy hike that's good for kids. Takes you through one of the world's oldest sequoia groves.

Great hike when you get to the end. Beautiful views. Need better markings at the beginning of the trail.

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3 months ago

We did the first 3.8 miles of this hike this weekend (and then branched off at Wheats Meddow along the "pack trail" towards Montgmery Meadow). It was very hard work going over many fallen trees and densely overgrown hard to follow trails (occasional streamers). GPS and map essential! It is beautiful, as all the others reviewers point out.

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3 months ago

We actually went on this trail two days in a row, and parked at the Valley View drive parking lot both times. The first day we intended to reach Cougar Rock and Top of the World. However, we took a left on the ART instead of a right, so instead we got some beautiful forest. The next day, we took a right on the ART and got to those destinations.

Top of the world is not clearly marked but it should be evident once you get to the top of a hill after climbing switchbacks with little blocking foliage.

There were a fair number of insects—most harmless flies, but some mosquitoes as well. I highly recommend insect repellent

Well marked trails and well maintained, lots of points of entry.

Beautiful views, easy/ moderate

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4 months ago

Love this trail and the water fall was so beautiful . Good hike done it today 7/14

Beautiful, go early take 2 or 3 water bottles. Take it easy and stop to enjoy the views. Take photos, you may get a great one for your Christmas card

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