Panoramic Point and Park Ridge Lookout

Fresno, California

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This fine trip begins with a short walk to the view-packed tourist destination of Panoramic Point, where visitors are treated to outstanding views of the Great Western Divide, Sierra Crest, and Monarch Divide. From there, the pleasant loop combines a hiking trail and a fire road to access one of the few remaining operational fire lookouts in the Sierra, where hikers will have far fewer elbows to rub while admiring vistas of the Great Western Divide and San Joaquin Valley. Alternating between mixed forest and shrub-covered clearings, the route along Park Ridge is fairly gently graded.

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"This fine trip begins with a short walk to the view-packed tourist destination of Panoramic Point, where visitors are treated to outstanding views of the Great Western Divide, Sierra Crest, and Monarch Divide.

From there, the pleasant loop combines a hiking trail and a fire road to access one of the few remaining operational fire lookouts in the Sierra, where hikers will have far fewer elbows to rub while admiring vistas of the Great Western Divide and San Joaquin Valley. Alternating between mixed forest and shrub-covered clearings, the route along Park
Ridge is fairly gently graded."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Fresno
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Season: The view from Panoramic Point is extraordinary at any time of the year, although you may need cross-country skis or snowshoes in winter. Hikers will find snow-free trails to the lookout from late May through October.
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park

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Jun 2018