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Trail had great views and not much elevation climb but the uneven path is what made this the most difficult. We took our 8 year old daughter and everyone was pretty worn by the end. I would recommend bringing snacks and stopping along the trail to see views on the river.

Also, it was difficult to see the teacups unless you were able to cross the river and has access to a drone.

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16 days ago

One of my new favorite spots along the Kern River. Trail runs along Brush Creek, with many pools to cool down in during hot summer days.

There is some steep granite climbing areas if you continue on the trail and since it's not official, it requires some moderate exploration on parts.

Definitely follow to "the end", which should take you to an area with mostly granite rock and cascading falls and pools.

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23 days ago

Watch your feet the trails is littered with rocks. Made the swim to the waterfalls in 2015 and 2016. I would NOT attempt a river crossing in 2018, We got in and could not cross and had to float down to a spot to get out. Stay out for 2018. If you try it, go up past the teaccups until the river bends and try there. Wear a life jacket. I"d stay out until next year and try again.

hiking
24 days ago

amazing, can't wait to go back

camping
1 month ago

Moderately hiked (easy to moderate), lightly camped trail. Several sand embankment campsites - perfect for stone fire rings and level sand tent footprints. No need to hike water in, I wasted the effort as my Sawyer filtered river water was crisp and quenching. Seven Teacups is not accessible from the trail as crossing the Kern is necessary and is hazardous given high river flow. Recommend hiking past teacups (about 2 miles from bridge) to find less frequented campsites. No permits required, but if you are fishing you must use “no barb” hooks (bent down barb - increases fish survival) as this is a wild Golden Trout (California’s State Fish) area which is protected (limit 2 catches and not more than 10”) - catch and release is always best.

hiking
2 months ago

I have no idea why this is rated hard but so be it. It's a nice hike with not much elevation gain. You can bring your dog and the path is well maintained along the way (some larger rocks in the way but that's it). If you wanna catch some fish along the way, make sure to bring BARBLESS hooks, as these are the only ones allowed in this area. There are many very nice campsite along the way, very close to the river. I'd rate this hike as easy to moderate.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a good day. Wish we were able to cross the river. Went with a 5 year old and she didn’t get tired till we turned back. We will have to try again when the water is a bit lower.

Read the Tips section. It’s important and would have helped a few the reviewers. The description even mentions it... still a beautiful hike without seeing the teacups but if you can cross and scramble up they are worth it!
Also, follow the gpx route for the best place to wade across.

Beautiful views throughout the hike! NOT a difficult trek and I would label it as relatively level and easy. There are many routes to the river bank for anglers.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike to the falls although you can't really see the teacups unless you wade across the river and scale the side of the mountain. Not feasible for me, the dogs, wife and son... yes it's that easy. There is only a little bit of going around and over some rocks. The trail takes you along the East side of the East fork of the Kern River the whole way. The falls are about 2.5 miles in and on the West side. not really many good places I would cross. The lower part of the falls is beautiful but you can't see the actual teacups from the trail. Gorgeous hike though. Do it.

Beautiful hike through pine forest with fantastic views. Trail was easy to follow for about 2 miles then it kind of wasn't. There were some bike tire tracks and some cairns then nothing, our kids had had enough so we climbed up to the ridge, took some pics and turned around, felt slightly cheated as we'd gone nearly the full way but not enough to spoil it. One other thing, it is a long way from anywhere....

Sequoia NF is absolutely beautiful! The ride to the trailhead itself is filled with stunning scenery. This trail as described is 2.5 miles of the “River Trail” and is NOT “hard”. My sister-in-law was who doesn’t fancy herself a hiker was hesitant to join the hike because she was put off by the “hard” description. I convinced her based on the distance and topography and she had no trouble at all. Now, we were unable to cross the Kern River and get to the Teacups as the water was too high. We even hiked beyond the Teacups in an attempt to find a safe place to ford to no avail. Oh well, next time we’ll approach from the other side of the river. Nevertheless it was a beautiful day and a beautiful scenic hike along the river.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike BUT there are two ways to get there: the first is up the Kern as this map suggests, but yes you need to wade across the river (which is not easy or warm). The second route is (as another writer suggests) up the road another mile-ish past the waterfall/look out. It's very easy to miss. It's an old road that joins a trail which is a little overgrown but quite beautiful. I used a local map which included the trail. It intersects with a few other trails and roads but eventually drops down to the creek and it's easy to scramble to the top of the cups/falls. Be careful! It also looks easy to fall down those falls!

The weather up here during the summer is the best. There was snow up here at the beginning of June.

Great trip mountaineering the teacups. the water was a bit higher so it took a little more time to make sure everything was done safely. Don't jump if you don't know how deep it is. We past a group with one guy to had a broken ankle.

hiking
11 months ago

Had an awesome time on this hike! The water was flowing very well, as of 7/29/17. The hike is roughly 3 miles to the cups, but you're on the opposite side of the river.

We ditched our gear and swam across to get to the cups, but I wouldn't recommend that if you're not a strong swimmer. I played in the bottom four cups, but wasn't able to reach the top ones.

Tons of fun definitely recommend this trail!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I give this trail only three stars because according to the map, you cross the river, about two+ miles up the trail, I figured there must be a bridge, but there is no way to cross. I was disappointed because we were unable to get to the cups. Am I missing something??

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Short, but nice hike. Great views.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Short hike, but more technical if you decide to go up the creek a ways. Lots of granite to climb, but some very steep areas the farther you go. If you stick to the first quarter mile, it's just a nice little creek-side trail with various shady areas for cooling off.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Go 1.4 miles past the bridge to enter from the top. Not easy and it's extremely easy to get lost. If you hike from the bridge to the bottom of the cups, it's not difficult.

The water is WAY too high to get in as of April 23, 2017. You will not be able to see the cups unless you have gear and even then I wouldn't recommend it.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

This is a very nice trail with a scrambly finish at the pools. Best to visit in the summer when you can swim in the pools. Bring canyoneering gear if available. Not for young children or anyone with unsure footing. Ford the river just past the Dry Meadow Creek runoff, and right before a sandy campsite where someone is at quite often (found some grill equipment near and a bbq with gas still hooked up). Climb the hill where the gpx follows as anywhere else is quite dangerous.

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