Sugarbowl Trail

Fresno, California

Sugarbowl Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike takes you through the main portion of the largest sequoia grove on earth, and returns along serene Redwood Creek.

The trek begins by climbing south on a ridge on the north side of Redwood Mountain. Pass numerous sequoias and a Research Area—Do Not Disturb sign. The path (once a dirt road) crosses from one side of the ridge to the other, winding through a controlled burn zone and passing a few sequoia stumps, evidence of small-scale logging that took place in the late 1800s. At 1.1 miles you ascend a small switchback and come to clearings above slopes covered in mustang clover. Before long you have a view of Buena Vista Peak to the northeast, Big Baldy Ridge to the east, and Sawtooth Peak to the southeast, high above the Mineral King Valley.

At 2.2 miles you arrive at a flat area completely dominated by “giants,” which is a nice place for a rest stop or snack. You have entered what was known to old-time loggers as “the Sugarbowl,” due to the large concentration of sequoias here."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 to 4 hours
Best May through June and October through November
6,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS General Grant Grove
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018