Explore the most popular walking 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.

6 days ago

Beautiful and family friendly regardless of the time of year. I was here about 2 months ago and it snowed while we did the short trail, yet it was still very doable. They also have guided tours and you learn a lot about the trees and history here. The staff is really nice too!

A good cardio workout without killing you. My wife and I are 72 and we met lots of fellow hikers our age and older making the hike look easy.

Lots of huge redwood trees. Truly inspiring and enjoyable!

Great family trip and self guided tour even in the snow!!!

We just had a good hike at the North Grove. We are fortunate , the weather is really nice. We drove really early ;we are one of the first two cars in the parking lot. By 11:00 it was really full. Very nice park volunteers at the visitors center.

Hiking in the snow was great!

Beautiful place to hike! Once you get to the North Grove, it's another 8 mile drive to South Grove on a one lane road. At South Grove there are a couple of different trails - one is 1.67 miles and seems fairly easy. It's a mile to the South Grove trail and I'm not sure of that's included in the 5.5 mile total. The trail is very well maintained and the sound of Beaver Creek is awesome. Enjoy!

we went yesterday. there was a small layer of snow and it was easy to walk. it was a little cold.

Hiked this trail yesterday. The weather was beautiful. Amazing hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked it with my wife and 2 year old. Definitely a bit too tough for the 2 year old, but the hike and the view at the end are totally worth it.

Gorgeous! Great with a stroller and young kids. Our nine year old loved the trees but was hoping for something a tad more strenuous. We went during winter days, so they had fun crafts. Seven month old’s favorite activity on hikes is talking to the trees, so she absolutely loved this stroll.
Tiny patches of icy snow on the ground in the parking lot, but none in forest/on trails. Tennis shoes are perfectly acceptable.

Awesome scenery. Great for kids. Stroller accessible.

great easy trail

backpacking
8 months ago

Stunning ridge line views. The best section of the PCT I've ever hiked. If you want to know the best day hike on the PCT, this is it!

Easy educational and pleasant

Went on a Friday afternoon and there was hardly anyone there compared to the North Grove trail. I wasn't able to do the whole trail due to time unfortunately but everything I saw was absolutely beautiful and it was a very easy hike. I look forward to seeing it again! Tip: bring bug spray!

Take the Grove Overlook Trail as well. Worth it to see the view of the trees from a higher viewpoint!

backpacking
10 months ago

We were headed to Sword Lake and starting from the dam. The fist mile of this hike is great, moderate incline, heavily forested, great views. However, once you hit the reservoir the trail becomes harder and harder to follow. Luckily we had service and ended up needing to pull out our phones to find the way. The trail is completely overgrown and impassable at parts. It took us four hours to go about 3.2 miles because of how overgrown the trail was. We ended up having to turn around and go back to the reservoir to camp. Bring a machete or a weed hacker if you plan on doing the loop!

hiking
10 months ago

Our first 5 mile hike with our 10 years old and 12 years old daughters. We enjoyed the hike a lot.

Love it I can't wait to go back because it's the best ever

Great trail for young kids and all levels of physical fitness

We only GPS mapped the Canyon River Trail for one way. It was closer to 6.6 miles roundtrip than the advertised 8 miles. Moderate difficulty, reasonably well-maintained, well marked with appealing aesthetics (creek, river, forest, greenery, nicely shaded). Approx. 1300 foot elevation climb back up the ridge from the river. Have fun & don't forget to pack out your trash. We saw a lot of garbage on the trail and tried to pick up as much as we could find. Please be respectful to this beautiful forest. Thank you!!!

Beautiful hike! I loved that it was pretty easy especially for my niece and nephew, both of whom have asthma. They had an easy and fun time exploring while on the hike!

huge trees... didnt seem like that much elevation change... beautiful stream at the trailhead.

backpacking
11 months ago

There is a significant piece of this trail which is overgrown and hard to navigate between the dam and the Cow Camp. Hikers beware! Other than that, this is pure awesomeness. Just be prepared to fight brush for several miles if going from the Dam to Sword Lake, for example. My GPS said we hiked 17 miles, and it took 12 hours!

Really enjoyed this hike. First stopped at the north trail but decided quickly that it was too crowded. Drove a few minutes to the south trail and there was two cars there! We basically had the whole trail to ourselves (which we love). Beautiful sites to see and I loved all the dogwood blossoms throughout hike! I would definitely recommend it.

Beautiful. It smells amazing and it reminds us of how small humans are lol

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I'm sure it would have been great had it been open. Closed.

walking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

very easy, the trees are amazing.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We visited New Year's Day, 2017. The snow was beautiful and added something special to the walk. This was my first hike as an adult. Now, I have this need to see more!

walking
Monday, November 07, 2016

This is a great hike for families, and for individuals of all ages and abilities. If you are looking for a trail to get started with, if you want to get your kids interested in hiking, this is a great place to go. The path is well maintained, and is a boardwalk for much of the trail, so there is no tricky terrain. Great place to just let the kids run and enjoy the beauty all around. We completed this trail in about an hour.

If you are looking for a challenging trail, this is not for you. Great place to get kids motivated to do harder trails in more remote corners of the Sierras though.

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