Crescent Meadow Loop Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Elevation Gain164ft
Trailhead Elevation6,702ft
Elevation Min/Max6702/6763ft
Elevation Start/End6702/6702ft

Crescent Meadow Loop Trail

Crescent Meadow Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 6,702 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 164 feet. Near the trailhead there are restroom, a waste basket, a picnic site, and parking. The Crescent Meadow wetland can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Tharp's Log Trail and High Sierra Trail.

Crescent Meadow Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Although the Crescent Meadow Trail is one of the busiest paths in the Giant Forest, two flower-filled meadows and numerous notable giant sequoias make this loop worth the crowds. Early to midsummer is the best season to view the verdant sedges and grasses of the meadows, highlighted by a colorful palette of wildflowers. However, the majesty of the sequoias is always in season. Add in a visit to Tharps Log—the oldest structure in the park—and you have the quintessential Giant Forest experience."

"This partially paved route takes you past one of John Muir’s favorite meadows and to a real “log cabin.” Wildlife frequents these meadows, and deer and bear sightings are common. The paved path that begins this jaunt coincides with the start of the High S"

"The Crescent Meadow area is one of the busiest spots in Sequoia National Park. Despite the potential crowds, this short journey to two flower-filled meadows and numerous majestic giant sequoias is a must-do trip for any visitor to the Giant Forest. A stop at Tharps Log completes the quintessential experience."

"This partially paved hike takes you past one of John Muir’s favorite meadows and to a real “log cabin.” Wildlife frequents these meadows and deer and bear sightings are common. As you begin this jaunt, heading counterclockwise around the loop, the paved path you are on coincides with the beginning of the High Sierra Trail.

After crossing Crescent Creek on two wooden footbridges, you take the fork to the left (northeast), leaving the celebrated trans-Sierra route. A large sign at the end of Crescent Meadow
proclaims it the “Gem of the Sierra,” a quote from John Muir. Wildflowers bloom amidst the green and yellow grasses: shooting stars and leopard lilies in early season, lavender-colored lupines in the middle of summer, and the bright spears of meadow goldenrods near the summer’s end."

"Crescent Meadow is a stream-fed, flower-filled meadow rimmed with firs and giant sequoias. It is one of the most picturesque meadows in the park. This hike links several paths, forming a loop through groves of giant sequoias. The hike leads to Tharp’s Log, a pioneer’s home built inside a fallen giant sequoia. Hale Tharp lived here during the summers from 1861 to 1890, pasturing his cattle in the meadows."

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Sequoia National Park
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Sequoia National Park
Easy to Moderate
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Sequoia National Park
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