Buena Vista Trail

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain372ft
Trailhead Elevation7,190ft
Top7,560ft
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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"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."

"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."

"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."

"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
Parks
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
General Grant Grove
Local Maps

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Oct 2018