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

9 hours ago

I did this hike on Monday 6 18, 2018. weather is nice in the mid-70s sunshine. there was a few people up there I saw Maybe 4 hikers on my loop around hump and back down Watchtower. saw only two people at Heather Lake. mosquitoes at Heather Lake will not bad though they were hungry. it seems that the trout in the lake we're hungrier they were swimming around ravenously hopping up and grabbing the bugs off the surface.

Great easy trail. You can bring your swim suit and swim in the pools below the water fall

Stunning views. This is an enjoyable challenge in terms of difficulty. Watch out for wildlife on the trail.

Everything Stacy said- she was right on and I couldn’t say it any better. Quick and easy hike with maximum payoff. Absolutely worth the effort as the views are simply stunning!

4 days ago

One of the highest quality hikes in the sierras
The trail is rock and rut free
Start early to avoid mid- day heat
As of June 18 the snow is no longer

Completed this hike on 6-16-2018. The trail has consistent up climbing for the first 3 miles. It’s not too bad until the elevation gets to you. The trail was easy to follow and we only crossed a hand full of hikers. The hike itself is not done for the views but once you arrive at the lakes, you won’t regret it. The bugs aren’t too bad but if you stop for any length of time on any part of the trail, you will have a swarm of mosquitos around you. Make sure you bring bug spray and sun screen.

We hiked in with a lunch and about 1 gallon of water and the hike took a total of 8 hours. That time included exploration at the lakes, a hike around the lake and plenty of picture breaks. If you are going to do the hike in a day, I would suggest following the trail to the 10k mark of elevation to see the lake from above. We hiked in the rocks to the east of the lake as high as we could but it would have been nice to make it to the top of the rock rim.

The trail is not as steep as the summit lake hike out of shake camp in the sequoia national park. The trail does not have any surprises but the main river crossing at least around this time may be difficult for those who don’t want to get wet. I’m sure later on it will dry up a bit to stop that issue.

Lastly, I completed a 4 mile hike 7 months prior and had very little preparation for this hike. I was able to complete it with energy to spare but I did need a few days to recuperate. Anyone with any amount of experience can complete this hike.

5 days ago

Great trail. Steep. Gets hot. Bring water

Really nice trail. Did meet a few people who attempted in flip-flops and sandles with no water - I would not advise!
The waterfalls at the end were every bit worth the walk up, and I also got to see a baby bear on the trail! Would recommend :)

Good campground, late May, mule deer in our campsite, restrooms clean, easy access to water and trash, very quite about 9:00 pm, good family campground, be careful of snakes - tall grass. Everyone very friendly campground. Hike to fall took about 2:30 up and 1:30 down.

10 days ago

Nice views hiking up. Getting to the water is the best part and following the unmaintained trail for a bit leads to some neat spots. Went in early June and parts of the trail were littered with ladybugs just done hibernating.

10 days ago

Previous descriptions are quite accurate, trail is gorgeous with lovely wooded areas, pretty flowers, butterflies, rocky areas and marmots! The peak is amazing and provides a true 360 view, not to be missed! Tracked on all trails and it was longer than stated. There's a rocky area about a quarter mile before the peak. The peak is higher up with 360 views so don't be fooled by the first granitey area. We also heard a low grade vibration in the trees that was a bit spooky and we talked to other hikers who heard it too. Asked a park ranger later who told us it was a growse. Look them up they are cool!

Amazing hike, one of my absolute favorites. Me and my husband hiked this trail two weeks ago. The weather was perfect, not too hot and only a little bit of snow at the top. Plenty of water on the way. It is a tough day hike though and the altitude takes it’s toll on you. A number of people we passed couldn’t make it to the top. Still, the views of snowy Sierra peaks are totally worth it.

Beautiful hike along a beautiful stream in the beginning. It's all rocky at the end, but still easy.

We LOVED this hike! Stunning views during the whole hike with a steady climb through out. This hike gives a lot of rest time between your uphill climbs which was greatly appreciated. Would do this hike again and again.

12 days ago

went early in the morning for this one, because it can get busy. pretty easy hike, with beautiful scenery. many wild flowers along the way. probably one of most beautiful water falls I have seen in California.

This is one of my favorite trails in Sequoia. It’s easy enough that you can spend a lot of time looking around while covering a lot of ground. You can also make your own loops which is really fun and then you can go for as long as you’d like!

Wonderful. This hike is totally surrounded by big trees, with a few small critters and a couple of small creek crossings along the way. Great for scenery and escaping the crowds. After we got past the Senate group of trees we only saw a few people for about 3 miles. You go up and down in elevation along the way and then mostly up when you return on the Sherman Trail. Trail markers at most intersections to help you navigate.

It's a nice and easy segment. You have some nice views. Saw a bear near panther gap, that was exciting!

16 days ago

Did it along with a bigger loop. Good way to connect moro to the parking in crescent meadow. Easy walk, nice things to see.

This loop includes all you are supposed to see around there. Not great, but easy little cute hike with big trees and birds.

16 days ago

Great hike, I did this along with the lakes trail. It's nice to see where you were before. As of late May, alta peak is still covered with snow for the last segment, but very doable.

Well defined dirt trail that has an amazing payoff at the end. The elevation gain is on the way to Tokopah Falls so coming back is nice and easy. There’s a section that requires picking your way over granite boulders so non-slip shoes are a good idea. Since this is an easy hike, many people were wearing flip flops and struggling on this section. The Kaweah River runs next to the trail adding to the trail’s beauty.

Completed this past Sunday, despite dodgy weather. it's a nice hike with varied terrain and I have no doubt that the view from the peak would be great if there was good visibility, but there was very dense fog and the last 1k feet was snow-covered. Lots of nice streams. be prepared for inclement weather and snow if climbing in May

Great trail. Went in late May and the waterfall was amazing. Took about 2 1/2 hours round trip. Not hard or too steep

We did this May 20 and it was awesome! We started at the middle fork trail head. You get there by going to through the entrance of Buckeye Flat Campground and turn on the dirt road on the left, if you get to the campground you've gone too far. There's a small parking lot where you can leave your car and there were also bear boxes at the trail head. We stayed at the Panther Creek Campsite it was amazing! It was the campsite that was on the edge of the cliff basically, you will see another campsite before you get to this one on your left kind of hidden, but keep going until you reach the cliff where you will see noticeable campsites. At those campsites; if you go off to the left (opposite direction of the cliff) you will find another another campsite where you can fit like 9 people. The trail was not maintained and were basically bush whacking the whole time on the trail up until the Panther Creek campsite but it was totally worth it!!! The views were epic!

We ran into a actor who was coming back from fly fishing.

Great hike and relatively easy! Lots of overgrowth so plan on wearing pants unless you want your ankles getting poked. Beautiful views throughout the entire hike.. the falls are the icing on the cake.

Easy walking, the shaky bridge was fun, and we even found a spot of the river that was calm. Entrance to trail is not in the campground, but across the 198 behind the trash dump.

Super easy trail. More touristy than adventure but still very much worth the experience.

Beautiful trail, never really knew it was there but glad I found it. Really easy and has amazing views.

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