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.

Beautiful views, easy/ moderate

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

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this two weeks ago. Snow patches along the way which made it more difficult without poles! Long hike but the views more than made up for it. Lots of pct folks along the way too.

Nice and easy scenic hike. The giant sequoia trees make me awe-struck every time. Highly recommend!

This hike was awesome. Especially for our fist ever hike! My mom and I were hesitant about doing a 5 mile hike but we made it though and loved every moment of it.

trail running
11 days ago

Connected to this loop as part of a longer run from Arnold. It was a great “destination”. The sequoias are impressive and I ran the mile loop without even noticing I was running.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, however, at post 10 it’s says to go left but to get to the falls you should go right. Also bring bug repellent. We got attacked!

hiking
18 days ago

All day hike with amazing views the whole way up. At the summit it is filled with butterflies in late June. Can see all the way to Yosemite. 360 views over the whole mountain range.

Had a great time with the family on this hike. We have 4 kids all under the age of 6 and we all made it! 2 were on our backs, but the 6 and 4 year olds hiked it and enjoyed the large trees and beautiful scenery. Weather was good in the 80’s and was a good escape from the hot weather in Sacramento. We were here mid week in June and trails were not crowded. We even took time to view the camp sites for a return trip to camp next time. Highly recommend for a easy family hike.

Good stroll with the kids!

A beautiful trail, I took away one star due to it being so crowded. There were 100 or so people and the trail felt claustrophobic at times. However, the tress were plentiful and beautiful. The giant stump of a sequoia cut down in 1853 at the start of the trail was sobering. Also, the beginning of the trail isn't well marked and many people take the loop trail backwards (which contributed to the crowding).

I got their early and I only saw one other human on the trail (it is orders of magnitude less traveled than the North Grove trail). This is really more of an out and back trail with a small loop section rather than a loop trail. However, it makes you feel really remote during the hike. The Palace Hotel tree is stunning and worth the hike. I added on the Bradley Grove trail as well for two additional miles.

Nice trail, as of May 2018 they are removing some trees from a valley so there is a large fire road. We ended up following the larger road instead of turning off to a smaller trail which is I think what we were supposed to do.

backpacking
1 month ago

I have done this loop a few times when backpacking. I love it. Fun trails and a beautiful area. Never many people out if any. And I find it funny to read the other reviews that complain about the part of the trail (moving east from the damn south side of reservoir) that has absolutely not been maintained in years. That was my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong. You will be climbing over fallen trees and walking throw tall grass and baby pine trees for quite a while. It’s hard work. You will also have to use a map or GPS to figure out where you are going. But all said and done, that part was a blast if you are willing to work for it.

2 months 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
6 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
10 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!

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