Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Garfield Grove Trail
The trail to Garfield Grove begins at the South Fork Campground. From the campground the trail leads eastward into the Sierras. It begins on the southern bank of the South Fork Kaweah River.
The route starts off climbing quickly, ascending 1,400 feet in two miles, through chaparral and oak-hardwood forest. It crosses Putnam Canyon and continues to ascend Dennison Ridge. The trail from this point to Snowslide Canyon, one and a half miles eastward, is often impassable early in the season due to snow.
The elevation of the trail reaches 6,000 feet beyond Snowslide Canyon. Views of the surrounding foothills and mountains abound from this point. The trail continues to ascend to 7,000 feet. After spotting the first sequoia in Garfield Grove the trail will level somewhat and turn slightly northward. The grove extends a few miles along the trail. You will find the first campsite in this level area.
The trail gains elevation slowly for approximately three and three quarter miles as it winds through Garfield Sequoia Grove, across Garfield Creek and toward the South Fork Kaweah River. The trail reaches the confluence of Tuohy Creek and the South Fork Kaweah River where the trail splits. The trail leading southward will take you to Summit Meadow and into the Sequoia National Forest. The path leading to the left will take you to Hockett Lakes then northward to Hockett Meadows Ranger Station. Watch for ticks, poison oak and rattlesnakes along the trail. This is a popular horse-party trail.
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 47050 Generals Highway , Three Rivers, CA, 93271-9651, Phone: 559-565-3341, Fax: 559-565-3730, TTY: 559-565-3196
Directions from South Fork: The trail begins at the South Fork Campground, on South Fork Road, 12 miles east of Highway 198 and Three Rivers.