Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Trails in Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Alta Trail

The Alta Trail leads to the summit of Alta Peak, which lies in western Sequoia National Park. The trail can be accessed via Wolverton parking area, General Sherman Tree or Giant Forest Area. This description details the trip via Wolverton parking area and Panther Gap. From the trailhead follow Lakes ...

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Atwell-Hockett Trail

The Atwell-Hockett Trail leads south from Mineral King Road to Hockett Meadows Ranger Station. It leads through the East Fork Kaweah River drainage following an easy path. The trail gains only 1,900 feet in elevation and is popular with groups using horses. The trail begins on Mineral King Road at ...

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Bubbs Creek Trail

The Bubbs Creek Trail leads eastward from the end of Highway 180 in Kings Canyon. It begins at 5,100 feet in the South Fork Kings River and follows the river's north shore to the confluence with Bubbs Creek. As Bubbs Creek pours into the South Fork Kings River the ...

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Buena Vista Peak

Buena Vista Trail is only two miles long, round trip, but provides excellent views of many natural features in the park. Begin from the parking area across the Generals Highway from the King Canyon Overlook. This is the Buena Vista Trailhead. From this point the trail leads southward and ...

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Cedar Grove Overlook Trail

The trail that leads to Cedar Grove Overlook begins a short distance north of Cedar Grove Village on a spur from the road that passes the lodge. The trail is signed as Hotel Creek, although it doesn't follow the creek for very long. Hotel Creek Trail leads north, climbing ...

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Cold Springs Nature Trail

The Cold Springs Nature Trail leads eastward along the East Fork of the Kaweah River. The trail consists of a half-mile trail lined with interpretive signs. The route is flat and provides excellent views of the surrounding glacier-carved valley. The interpretive panels provide information about the natural features of ...

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Colony Mill Road Trail

Although all but the first 1/2 mile is now closed to vehicles, this was part of the original road to Giant Forest. It was constructed almost entirely by hand by members of the Kaweah Colony, a community of radical socialists who hoped to cut timber in the Giant Forest ...

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Congress Trail

The Congress Trail is a level, two-mile loop trail that begins at the General Sherman Tree along Generals Highway. The path follows a paved route through the heart of the Giant Forest. It is recommended for first-time visitors to Sequoia National Park and for visitors with limited time. This ...

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Copper Creek Trail

The Copper Creek Trail begins six miles past Cedar Grove on Highway 180. The road ends at the trailhead. This trail leads into the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park. It can be used in conjunction with several other trails to create a long backpacking trek. The trail begins at ...

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Don Cecil Trail

The Don Cecil Trail climbs the relatively cool north-facing slope of the canyon. This historic trail was the major access route to Cedar Grove prior to the completion of Highway 180 in 1939. The trail begins from Highway 180 in Cedar Grove at an elevation of 4,750 feet. It ...

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Farewell Gap Trail

The Farewell Gap Trail begins at the end of Mineral King Road and leads into the Sequoia National Forest. The trail can be used in conjunction with other trails in the park and surrounding forests to create a long-distance backpacking trip. Day hikes of varying length can also be ...

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Franklin Pass Trail

The trail that leads to Franklin Lakes begins at the end of Mineral King Road and leads eastward through Sequoia National Park to Kern Canyon. The trail can be used in conjunction with other trails in the park to create a long-distance backpacking trip. Day hikes of varying length ...

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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 ...

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High Sierra Trail

This is a long trail starting at the Giant Forest and ending at the summit of Mount Whitney. The High Sierra Trail leads from Crescent Meadow up the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, crossing the Great Western Divide by the 10,700' (3261 meters) pass known ...

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J.O. Pass (via Jennie Lake) Trail

The hike to J.O. Pass is a moderate hike that can be accessed from Lodgepole Campground, in Sequoia National Park, and from fox Meadow Trailhead, in Kings Canyon National Park. This description begins from the Fox Meadow Trailhead. To read a description from Lodgepole Campground read about the Twin ...

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