Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks  by Laurel Scheidt

Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Guide Book

by Laurel Scheidt (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks  by Laurel Scheidt
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, situated in California's rugged Sierra Nevada, boast some of the most spectacular landscapes on the continent: towering groves of giant sequoia trees, crystalline trout rivers, jagged peaks and alpine meadows, and Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48.

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Trails from the "Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 86.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 86.

This expansive meadow attracts numerous types of wildlife, while affording awe-inspiring views of the Great Western Divide and Alta Peak. Begin by following the Lakes Trail (Hike 23) to the Lakes/Panther Gap Trail junction at 1.8 miles. Then follow the route to Alta Peak (Hike 24) to the junction with the Alta Peak Trail at 4.7 miles. From this point continue straight (southeast) through a sandy zone dotted with phlox, and then reenter the woods. The path is nearly level for some distance, then dips slightly to cross a small creek before arriving at the head of Alta Meadow at 5.6 miles.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.2
Although the Alta Trail formally begins in the Giant Forest, this shorter route allows hearty day hikers a 360-degree view from an 11,000-foot-plus peak. Begin by following the Lakes Trail (Hike 23) to the Lakes/Panther Gap Trail junction at 1.8 miles, and continue straight ahead (south), toward the gap. The route alternates through sunny meadows and shady forest, then crosses several small, fern-lined forks of the headwaters of Wolverton Creek.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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This hike leads you past billowing falls at the East Fork bridge and through the East Fork Grove of giant sequoias to beautiful Hockett Meadows at the northern end of the Hockett Plateau. The wide path leads downhill, through the lower portion of the Atwell Grove, and passes the site of the mill at a flywheel in a small meadow. Pass through areas of controlled burns and bear clover, stepping over a small, seasonal creek.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19.8
After taking you to the barren Nine Lake Basin, this hike travels down part of the Big Arroyo to creek-side campsites.
Three Rivers, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 44
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This trip takes you to a striking 360-degree view of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks from the summit of Big Baldy, then on to a less-visited view of the west face of Chimney Rock. The trail enters the forest and almost immediately meets a trail coming up from the Montecito Sequoia Lodge. (This is private property. Unless you are a lodge guest, do not enter this area.) Wind through some large boulders, chinquapin, and snowbrush beneath tall firs and pines.
Fresno, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.6
This interpretive trail takes you through an area that was heavily logged in the 1880s and now serves as a reminder of how important it is to protect the environment. Although the General Grant National Park was established in 1890, and later incorporated in Kings Canyon National Park in 1940, Big Stump Basin was not included until 1965. An abundance of birds and small animals greet you along this trail, even though it is quite close to California Highway 180.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This trail, designed to be accessible to the handicapped, takes you around verdant Round Meadow and past the former site of the Giant Forest Lodge.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
This unmaintained footpath leads to the base of a beautiful waterfall, as well as to the entrance to an abandoned copper mine. Follow Mineral King Road south from the parking area to a usually dry wash, just beyond the small bridges spanning Monarch Creek. The falls are already visible to your left (east). If the wash has swift moving water flowing in it, save this hike for another day. The unmaintained footpath begins on the north side of the wash and may be tricky to find. If this is the case, walk in the wash until you see traces of foot traffic to your left (north). Then follow the rocky and sometimes dusty path a few hundred feet through the sagebrush and cross the wash. The peak to the northeast, above the falls, is Empire Mountain.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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This short trek takes you to the top of a small peak with quite a nice view of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The trail begins on the west side of the parking area next to a group of tall pines. First head west, then quickly curve south on the flower-bordered path. The route climbs and dips, winding through many oddly shaped and balanced boulders. You rise again and gain a view to the northeast, observing Spanish Mountain, Obelisk, Mount Goddard, and the Monarch Divide. To the east you can see the fire lookout perched atop Buck Rock.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This excursion travels up the Onion Valley, passing several beautiful lakes, then climbs over windswept Kearsarge Pass. The trail passes high above the Kearsarge Lakes, and leads to pleasant Charlotte Lake. Begin by following the Kearsarge Lakes trail from Onion Valley (Hike 84) to the Kearsarge Lakes Trail junction at 4.4 miles. Continue straight (west), undulating above the beautiful Kearsarge Lakes. The path traverses high on a ledge as you pass above the deep, blue water of Bullfrog Lake, aff ording you a view of Deerhorn Mountain, flanked by East and West Vidette.
Independence, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
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This trek around sequoia-rimmed Circle Meadow is a peaceful extension of the Congress Trail. The trail is away from the crowds and tours some less-visited named trees. Begin this excursion by following the Congress Trail (Hike 13) for 1.5 miles to the five-way junction at the McKinley Tree. Make a sharp left and follow the southbound trail toward Circle Meadow. You first come to the Room Tree, a large, fire-hollowed sequoia that you can enter. Beyond, you reach the Founder’s Group, dedicated to the individuals who helped establish Sequoia National Park.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
This easy ramble takes you through meadows and aspen groves along the East Fork of the Kaweah River, gives you nice views of the surrounding peaks, and leads to the site of the former mining settlement of Beulah.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This paved interpretive trail takes you to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing on earth, as well as many other impressive “giants.” The trail leads downhill through the forest, crossing a horse trail from Wolverton Corrals. You will pass young sequoia on the way to the signed Congress Trail, named for some of the noteworthy trees along the trail. After the downhill stretch you arrive at the Leaning Tree and follow the trail over a small bridge on Sherman Creek, to the left. The trail begins a gradual climb. The route travels through the big trees, past many numbered stops described in the interpretive pamphlet. Pass the cutoff trail at 0.7 mile and continue to the Alta Trail at 1.0 mile.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
This rigorous excursion leads to a high lake basin near the lofty crest of the Monarch Divide.
Fresno, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
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This partially paved hike takes you past one of John Muir’s favorite meadows and to a real “log cabin.” Wildlife frequents these meadows and deer and bear sightings are common. As you begin this jaunt, heading counterclockwise around the loop, the paved path you are on coincides with the beginning of the High Sierra Trail. After crossing Crescent Creek on two wooden footbridges, you take the fork to the left (northeast), leaving the celebrated trans-Sierra route. A large sign at the end of Crescent Meadow proclaims it the “Gem of the Sierra,” a quote from John Muir. Wildflowers bloom amidst the green and yellow grasses: shooting stars and leopard lilies in early season, lavender-colored lupines in the middle of summer, and the bright spears of meadow goldenrods near the summer’s end.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
This jaunt takes you to lofty views from the Chihuahua Bowl and the Chihuahua Mine, then on to the peaceful lakes along Crystal Creek.
Three Rivers, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
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This steep trek is definitely a challenge, but it leads to a beautiful destination.
Fresno, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 17.8
This lightly traveled path leads to excellent views and an old, collapsed cabin on the edge of a peaceful meadow.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This old path, named after a shepherd, was the route sheepherders and cattlemen took to Cedar Grove long ago. Though it is steep and narrow in some areas, it affords splendid views of the Monarch Divide and the Cedar Grove area. The wide trail begins climbing immediately, through oaks, cedars, and ponderosa pines. Large gray squirrels and small chickarees (Douglas squirrels) scamper about the area, gathering acorns in the fall. Come to a service road at 0.3 mile, which leads to a heliport and water tanks. Listen first for approaching cars before crossing the road.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
This trip takes you past several beautiful, deep-blue lakes, over a high mountain pass, and on to the rugged Dusy Basin.
Bishop, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15.4
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