Buena Vista Trail

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

Elevation Gain372ft
Trailhead Elevation7,190ft
Elevation Min/Max7190/7560ft
Elevation Start/End7190/7190ft

Buena Vista Trail

Buena Vista Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7,190 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 372 feet. The Buena Vista Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"A short hike leads to the top of Buena Vista Peak and a fine view of the western part of Kings Canyon National Park. The relatively easy 1-mile trail, combined with easy access from the Generals Highway, makes this a very popular hike with tourists. Even the ubiquitous, overweight, artery-blocked, video-carrying sightseer seems readily willing to accept the challenge of ascending the trail to the summit. However, don’t allow the potential for crowds to deter you; the short climb is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two, and the view will be quite rewarding, particularly just after the atmosphere has been cleansed by a recent rain shower."
Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"The short 1-mile distance, combined with easy access immediately off Generals Highway, makes this trip to the top of Buena Vista Peak relatively popular. The view from the summit is quite rewarding, especially when the atmospheric conditions are favorable."
Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Laurel Scheidt
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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."

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Trail Information

Giant Sequoia National Monument
Nearby City
Kings Canyon National Park
Sequoia National Park
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General Grant Grove
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