Buena Vista Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Buena Vista Peak is a large, rounded granite dome at 7,605 feet. Several gnarled, twisted Jeffrey pines grow on the dome. Buena Vista, meaning “good view” in Spanish, has great views in every direction. Below the peak is Hart Meadow. To the west, across Redwood Canyon, is Redwood Mountain and the Sierra foothills. The snow-capped peaks of the Monarch Divide can be seen in the north. To the east is Kings Canyon and the peaks of the Great Western Divide."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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