Hotel Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"One of the most scenic chasms in the Sierra, Kings Canyon is also one of the deepest gorges in North America, reaching a depth of 8,000 feet from Spanish Mountain just outside the park boundary. To gain the extraordinary views from the canyon’s rim, hikers must surmount the steep walls via one of a handful of correspondingly steep trails. The trail to Cedar Grove Overlook is no exception, gaining more than 1,500 feet in nearly 2.5 miles."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"Consumed by the 2015 Rough Fire, the slopes on the north side of Kings Canyon once boasted a very diverse flora, from the riparian woodland community along the banks of South Fork Kings River to the mixed coniferous forest and chaparral communities of the canyon rim. Hikers now have the opportunity to watch the regeneration of these communities during the plant succession following such a major fire.Whether opting for the out-and-back hike to Cedar Grove Overlook or the full loop, trail users will experience extraordinary views of Kings Canyon and the surrounding terrain, including the Monarch Divide. Check with the National Park Service about current conditions. Snow usually leaves the trail by sometime in early May and generally doesn’t return until November. Since the trail is located on a south-facing slope, an early start to beat the heat will be appreciated on the stiff climb out of Kings Canyon."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"The Hotel Creek Trail climbs the south-facing wall of Kings Canyon up the open, exposed slope. The trail switches back and forth, climbing steeply from the forested canyon floor. The short switchbacks gain 1,200 feet in 2.5 miles to unobstructed views at the Cedar Grove Overlook. The snow-capped peaks of the Monarch Divide can be seen in the north and the length of Kings Canyon to the south. This route can also be hiked as an 8-mile loop with the Lewis Creek Trail."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Day Hike Books).
"This trip takes you to the Cedar Grove Overlook, giving you views across the Kings Canyon to the south, and of the lofty Monarch Divide to the north. This trail was involved in the Rough Fire in 2015, and the area may be closed while reforestation and reconstruction takes place. Bear in mind that reforestation will take some time and the landscape will look different from the trail description for quite a while. At the junction with the first switchback and the continuation of the horse trail, follow the short track down to Hotel Creek for a look at its pretty cascade, then climb back up and begin switchbacking up the canyon wall. Partial shade is provided by oaks and manzanita on the hot and dusty trail; the views across the canyon improve as you hike. Heavily wooded Cedar Grove is far below, and the South Fork of the Kings River appears as a silver ribbon twisting through the trees."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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