Explore the most popular walking 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.

walking
2 days ago

packed. lite hike but steep. could not locate a picnic table. tourist spot

Was at the general for 9am amd there were o ly a few people around. By 10am the crowds had started to appear. Go early if you want peace amd time to wander at your own pace!

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 :)

A really nice easy trail :)

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

hiking
5 days ago

I loved this hike so much! it was a beautiful hike and a beautiful view. My 9 and 11 year old did a great job.

This loop was more difficult than I anticipated and more beautiful than I could have imagined. The pictures don't do it justice. The altitude and the grade of the slopes make it difficult and the distances were longer than what is stated on the trail guides. I tracked my progress with my Garmin GPS watch and racked up considerably more distance than indicated on the maps. Maybe the maps don't account for the switchbacks or when the trail goes up and down in elevation? The snow also added to the difficulty and made it a bit more dangerous. I think I could do the loop more easily now that I know what lays ahead of me and I also think it would be easier when the snow melts off the slopes. I highly recommend this trail. Its one of those adventures that will make you ask "What was I thinking" during the hike and a week after you get home and recover you'll be trying to figure out how you can return and do it again.

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.

hiking
6 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.

Franklin lakes is one of my favorite hikes, beautiful views, random deer along the way. In any given summer I’ll day hike it a few times...

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.

We started at Crescent Meadow and followed signs to Sherman Tree 2.5 miles. Beautiful trail through giant trees and past meadows. Lightly trafficked today Sunday 10 June. The signs fail to mention Sherman Tree after about half a mile. So make sure to buy a trail map.

Beautiful trail, moderately trafficked. Interesting old cabin made from a hollowed out log.

From here we followed signs to Sherman Tree 2.5 miles away. Beware: the signs fail to mention Sherman Tree after half a mile. So if you have no trails map, follow signs to Washington Tree then carry on past it till you meet Alta trail T-junction where you turn right.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is a peaceful walk in the park. Felt like a museum with some signs identifying sequoias as the President, another General, and House of Senate.

hiking
9 days ago

Short trail that offers great views. The trail is mostly stairs and grooves in the rock for more grip. It does get narrow to the point that only one person could go through, so remember ascent has right-of-way. The trail should not be difficult if you're in decent shape, but others were breathing relatively heavily.

walking
10 days ago

Paved trail through grove of big trees. Not flat, but nothing major. Wonderful stroll

I'd also suggest doing both lake instead of one. If you do only one, do eagle

Nice addon to eagle lake! But if you only do one, do eagle lake

Nice walk, easy to follow, good speed. No snow (or barely any) as of late May.

Did half of it late may, I had to take the shortcut at sawtooth since I was doing this as a day hike. Went counterclock. I think it'd be doable to do the whoel thing as day hike without the snow, but with the snow it was very hard to have good speed. There is some pathfinding needed. And sawtooth is really hard to climb because of the terrain. The shortcut was hard to negotiate due to snow and lack of marks, but it was fun.

That was great! Did it along with Alta peak, which you see from the lake. That made it very special. As of End of May, there was still snow, and the watchtower segment was closed, but I did it and had no problem whatsoever (but there is snow and ice...so.... you need to know what you are doing)

That was great! Did it along with Alta peak, which you see from the lake. That made it very special. As of End of May, there was still snow, and the watchtower segment was closed, but I did it and had no problem whatsoever (but there is snow and ice...so.... you need to know what you are doing)

hiking
12 days ago

Nice view! As of late May, the trail was closed due to snow and ice. Doable, but you have to know what you are doing... Also, it's worth going a bit further to the lake

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

hiking
12 days ago

Maybe not the best thing to see around there, or maybe i'm just not into that. The tharp log is just... I don't know, maybe you should lower your expectation and you will be satisfied?

hiking
12 days ago

It's alright, did this along with much more on the high sierra trail. It was nice to view this just before sunset, but if you are hiking the whole thing and start before sunset, don't stop there as you will find other good view point

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